Get Rid of Zippyshare (Browser Hijacker/Adware)

Jun 18th 2018 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog PC Protection News Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is Zippyshare? And how does it function?

Zippyshare is a legitimate website that allows users to upload files up to 500MB in size and share links. This website has tons of features like signing up and creating a personal account or downloading an app named “ZippyUploader”. Despite its useful features, a lot of users have reported that since they started using Zippyshare, they also started getting an excessive amount of ads like pop-ups that block the content of the site they’re viewing and also experience frequent redirects to suspicious domains.

The ads displayed by Zippyshare can get pretty intrusive which is why some users often referred to it as “Zippyshare virus”. Although not necessarily malicious, Zippyshare can inject add-ons, browser extensions and toolbars on your browser as well as modify your browser’s settings by changing the default search engine, homepage and new tab page which is why not only is it an ad-supported program or adware but is also considered to be a browser hijacker as it hijacks the settings of the browsers without any permission from users. At first, these changes may seem insignificant and you might not notice the difference but you will though as time passes and you’ll only realize it when you are suddenly bombarded with dozens of advertisements that block the content of the websites you’re visiting.
What’s more is that Zippyshare can also redirect you to several tech support scams – fake alerts that are created to scare users and make them think that their computer is infected with some virus and urge them to call a fake tech support number – thus, if you continue using Zippyshare, you will only put your computer’s at risk as well as your privacy.

How does Zippyshare travel the web?
As mentioned, Zippyshare is a website that offers not only useful features but also poses threat to your computer and you can get redirected to this site when clicking on some ads online or when you are trying to look for a free online

Refer to the removal guide prepared below to get rid of Zippyshare.

Step 1: The first thing you have to do to get rid of Zippyshare from your computer is to close all the affected browsers manually. If you find it hard to do so, you can close them using the Task Manager just tap on Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

Step 2: Once you’ve pulled up the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the affected browser’s process and end it.

Step 3: Reset all your browsers to default to their default state.
Internet Explorer
⦁ Launch Internet Explorer.
⦁ Tap Alt + T and select Internet options.
⦁ Click the General tab and then overwrite the URL under the homepage section.
⦁ Click OK to save the changes.
⦁ Now switch to the Advanced tab and click the Reset button.
⦁ Then check the box for “Delete personal settings” and then click Reset again.

Google Chrome
⦁ Launch Google Chrome, press Alt + F, move to More tools and click Extensions.
⦁ Look for any other unwanted add-ons, click the Recycle Bin button and choose Remove.
⦁ Restart Google Chrome, then tap Alt + F, and select Settings.
⦁ Navigate to the On Startup section at the bottom.
⦁ Click on Advanced.
⦁ After that, click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox
⦁ Open the browser and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
⦁ In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
⦁ Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
⦁ Select Options and then move to the General menu.
⦁ Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section.
⦁ Tap Alt + H to access Help.
⦁ Next, select “Troubleshooting information” and click “Refresh Firefox” at the top of the page.
⦁ Now click “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the reset.

Step 4: Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.


Step 5: Look for Zippyshare among the list of installed programs and any other suspicious program could be affiliated to it and then Uninstall it.

Step 6: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.

Step 7: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files related to Zippyshare and delete it/them.
⦁ %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
⦁ %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
⦁ %TEMP%

Step 8: Close the File Explorer.

Step 9: Empty the Recycle Bin.

Getting rid of Zippyshare browser hijacker won’t be enough so you have to follow the advanced removal guide prepared below.
Perform a full system scan using asr. To do so, follow these steps:
⦁ Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.

⦁ After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

⦁ To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit Enter.

⦁ Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.

⦁ Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

⦁ If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.

⦁ Type in the URL address, https://www.fixmypcfree.com/download.php?asr in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.

⦁ After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.

⦁ Once the installation process is completed, run asr to perform a full system scan.

⦁ After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.

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