How to remove Zodiac-game.info Pop-ups & Redirects

How to remove Zodiac-game.info Pop-ups & Redirects

How to remove Zodiac-Game.info Pop-ups & Redirects

 

What is Zodiac-game.info:

Threat Classification: Adware

Zodiac-game.info is a bogus website, used by cyber criminals to redirect web traffic, generated from malware infections or hijacked browsers to their sponsor links and ads trying to monetize it. The Zodiac-game.info is classified as a dangerous website, which could easily infect other users with even more dangerous infections. Furthermore, the Zodiac-game.info website is capable of injecting malicious code in almost every web page, the user visits. The malicious code tries to monetize the hijacked browsers by showing lots of ads to all the infected browsers. Furthermore, the code will also allow Zodiac-game.info to continue overriding browser settings, making the recovery nearly impossible by using the conventional methods. If you have already experienced some fo these random Zodiac-game.info Pop-ups, Ads or Redirects, you should consider your PC infected and we strongly advise you to clean your computer as soon as possible, by performing a full system malware scan using the award winning anti-malware product – SpyHunter 4. After a closer inspection, our malware researchers found out , that these annoying Redirects & Fake Pop-ups by Zodiac-game.info are generated by a rogue browser extension, installed on user’s system via some suspicious software bundle, distributed via one of the many freeware downloading websites. The malicious browser extension appears capable of infiltrating victim computers without asking for permission or other consent, while staying hidden into the Custom/Advanced part of the bundle’s installer, until the actual installation takes place. When activated, the malware modifies the browser settings and some of the system settings, making the rogue browser extension virtually invisible. Once secured, the malware then starts collecting various private browsing information, including usernames, email addresses, SSNs, Real Names, Postal Addresses, Birthdays, passwords, Credit Card Information and/or other financial data or online bank account information, which later will be sold to some 3rd party company, that will use them for their own marketing purposes. The adware is compatible with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome.

Generally, users that have this particular adware and/or PUP installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is Ready for Download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important Software Update, New Driver Updates are Released etc.. The Zodiac-game.info is set-up to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note, that all these web alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Zodiac-game.info is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then converts to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.

Zodiac-game.info is usually bundled with other free software products and installs by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why, you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Zodiac-game.info bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..

The purpose of Zodiac-game.info is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Zodiac-game.info may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to present a serious threat to your online security.

!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.

How to remove Zodiac-game.info Pop-up Ads & Redirects:

There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:

1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Automatic Zodiac-game.info Removal:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Zodiac-game.info and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about SpyHunter  and please, review the End User License Agreement – EULA. Furthermore, we strongly encourage you to read the SpyHunter Installation InstructionsSpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.

Manual Zodiac-game.info Removal:

!!! Please note: You can remove Zodiac-game.info manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Zodiac-game.info Uninstall Entry:

First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Zodiac-game.info, Asearch.online, 1.loadblanks.ru, Hicosmea, Kb-ribaki.org, ArcadeCookie, B.Scorecardresearch.comCounterFlix, RevcontentWizeSearch.com, Www.xvidvideocodecs.comFrom DOC to PDF Toolbar, Fuq.comTrovi.com, Www.xvidvideocodecs.comAdsKeeper.co.uk, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, FunDay24.ruGamesflightHohosearch.comMPC CleanerPs4ux.comPC Backup 360SafeSurfs.comSearchguide.level3.com, Smartsputnik.ruTTwifi, YeaBests.cc or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.

*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.

2. Remove Zodiac-game.info from your browser:

Internet Explorer:

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.

For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\

Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:

For Windows XP:

1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Choose “Run“.

3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7/8/10:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will soon reopen.

3. Check for arguments added by Zodiac-game.info in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:

Zodiac-game.info might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Zodiac-game.info`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.

The argument that Zodiac-game.info uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:

http://Zodiac-game.info/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=&ts=

You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.

4. Delete any folders or files related to Zodiac-game.info by checking the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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