How to remove Zwhip Adware
What is Zwhip:
Threat Classification: PUP/Adware
Zwhip is a very shady and questionable software application, that is classified by the security specialists as an adware. The reason for the Zwhip application classification is its intrusive ads and stealth installation process – the computer user isn’t asked for any kind of permission – the application simply gets installed and shortly after, some suspicious ads start appearing all over the infected computer. The Zwhip pretends to provide users with access to websites, currently blocked or restricted to their location, which sounds great and appears to be working, however, most of the Zwhip work is done behind the scene, where it creates virtual layer, which is a transparent browser window with no borders, that overlaps your current one and is used to show ads. This virtual layer could easily be modified and later used to hijack everything from your screen or keyboard and should be considered a potential security risk. Furthermore, the intrusive ads are very annoying and the computer user is often often driven crazy by these unstoppable ads. Zwhip usually shows the latest online shopping deals, coupons and other saving methods that will be provided using your search terms, however after a thorough inspection our security experts concluded, that the Zwhip as a dangerous Adware, that is capable of hijacking & monitoring your entire web traffic, which later could be shared or sold to some 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. The Zwhip adware employs intrusive ads marketing and once installed, your browsing habits will be monitored and shared – this may include various private browsing data like browsing locations, browsing URLs, search keywords, cookies and even credentials, usernames, email addresses and in some cases even passwords and financial information. If you already saw some of the Zwhip on your computer, our security experts strongly recommend you to remove it as soon as possible, before further damage occurs or even data gets lost. The Zwhip adware works with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We recommend you to consider the search results compromised and/or manipulated and because they are usually full of 3rd party ads and/or other junk SPAM.
Zwhip is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Zwhip varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of Zwhip is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately, as they present a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
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 Zwhip Adware Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove Zwhip, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. To unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically start a scan and will detect all present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Zwhip Adware Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Zwhip Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Zwhip 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 all entries related to Zwhip, Showbox Ads, Popads.net, Cpmofferconvert.com, Dashlane, 1.loadblanks.ru, Startnewtab.com, Ds.serving-sys.com, Search Manager, Traffic-media.co, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not being able to remove them 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 Zwhip from your browser:
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 Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the sub-folders.
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 lower-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 lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any files or folders related to Zwhip by checking the following locations: