Please help!!! I’d like to get rid of PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A from my computer. It has taken control of my default search engine and it is driving me nuts. I cannot remove it completely because it re-install everytime I restart the computer to complete removal process. I have always been infected with it and I am not a computer savvy who can find out its place. Is there any simple way to remove it completely? If you don’t know whether your computer is infected with this threat, please check the details below and follow simple removal instruction to delete it.
PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A is a detected threat which is often caught through firewall alert. But it is a nasty program which cannot be completely removed by anti-virus for its low viral characteristics. The threat which caused by potentially unwanted program is a potentially harmful procedure because it causes troubles in the target PC and acts like malicious software to your computer system. This is a new version of browser adware which is bundled with some P2P sharing files or free downloading links from unknown resources. Unlike other types of malware which can install in the target computer once they enters via system loophole, it makes use of custom installation whilst there is a permitted installation process which is bundled with this adware is setting on the computer. Most users say that they would stop using custom installation if they knew the fact that this nationzoom adware is packed in the installation package. If you don’t want to get infected with viruses like this, pay more attention on Installation packages as installation packages are not always as safe as people thought. Hackers will keep on creating the new version of viruses to escape from virus detection. We can only know how many viruses in the infected computer when firewall alerts that there is/are potential threat/threats in the victim PC.
Quite different from other legitimate search engine, Nationzoom Redirect is defined as an annoying browser hijacker which brings by PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A. The way we usually use to distinguish malware from legit software is by the characteristic it shows. We treat it as a potential threat for the reason that changes and other unnecessary activities can be easily performed on the computer system by it. It needs no permission or authentication. Pop-up ads are most annoying products people report about nationzoom adware. Network connection and computer performance slows down. However, because of the viral character is not as visible as Trojan horse, it can hardly be called as a virus no matter what big troubles it caused your computer. But the way it hijacks your computer is intolerable. It changes desktop background, browser settings, homepage, default search engine, etc.. According to the level of this threat, please follow our instructions to remove PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A from your computer.
※ It will allow cyber-criminals to break into the infected computer without noticed
※ It disables executable program and cause system crash
※ It will change your registry settings and key value which makes it hard to be removed
※ It will display numerous fake infections of exaggerated security threats
※ It violates your privacy and records your data in the infected computer.
Manual removal is a complicated and risky process, so please back up all important data before making any changes on your computer. Here are some instructions to handle with the Trojan horse manually, and be cautious when going through the following steps.
PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A is a malicious adware which can install itself into the computer system without your consent and awareness. It makes your computer work slowly and implants other nasty infections into the computer. To make things worse, this Trojan is a tool for the hacker to invade the infected computer to steal your information. It is recommended to remove it as quickly as possible. Users can follow the manual guide here to have it removed instantly.
1 Clear all the cookies of the affected browsers.
* Google Chrome: Click on the Tools menu → select Options → Click “Under the bonnet” tab → locate “Privacy” section → browsing data” button → “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
* Internet Explorer: Click “Tools” → Click “safety” → “delete browsing history” → Tick “cookies” box and click delete
* Firefox:: Click “Tools” → Click “Options” → Click “Privacy” → Click “remove individual cookies”
2 Remove all the add-ons and extensions.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Programs tab → Click Manage Add-ons → Disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click Start button on the bottom, then click on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on Folder Options link
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to effect， then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4 Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get Windows Task Manager and stop virus processes in the Windows Task Manager.
5. Remove all the malicious files registry entries through Registry Edit.
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete all the related registry entries.
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Click Start Menu → hit Run → type in “regedit” → click “OK” then Registry Editor will pop up.
(2). Find out and remove PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A.
As we stated before, PUP.Optional.NationZoom.A is an unwanted potential threat. Its main job is to generate advertisements on the target computer. To achieve its goal, this adware will do whatever it needs to get into specified PC through malicious website, unknown resources or unwanted software. at the tims it gets in your computer, it start changing computer settings to let it re-install after incomplete removal from tools and changing browser settings to set its domain as default homepage and search engine. It is interrupting your surfing live on the infected computer. If you want to avoid national zoom infection, you must remember, it is mainly spread in freeware or sharing files. If you have downloaded the program into vulnerable computer, you should remove it at once. And don’t forget to put your computer settings back to normal by changing to default settings to prevent from getting infected again.
Published by Andrew Gonzalez, last updated on December 4, 2013 11:10 am | How to Guides