ZipArrow Mac Virus – How to Remove it?

George Herman
George Herman
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What Is ZipArrow Mac Virus?

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ZipArrow is a program that hijacks your browser homepage and search engine and displays unwanted advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. ZipArrow comes bundled with other free software. If it is installed on your computer, uninstall it immediately. This software is a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a piece of software that modifies your Internet browser settings without your permission, in order to change your major web browser’s home page to one that is driven by the ZipArrow software. This article provides a comprehensive review of this application.

How Is ZipArrow Mac Virus Distributed?

ZipArrow is typically installed when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. You may also see ZipArrow bundled within the custom installer on many paid software that does not adequately disclose that other software will be installed alongside of it. Unfortunately, some free downloads do not adequately disclose that other software will also be installed and you may find that you have installed ZipArrow without your knowledge.

How harmful is ZipArrow hijacker? 

ZipArrow is a browser hijacker that will modify your web browser’s start page, search provider and new tab page. This application will redirect your web browser to unwanted websites around the Internet and into those sites you visit will appear advertisements which are not necessarily relevant the contents of the website that you’re on. The application may also secretly monitor your data usage on these websites or upload this information to third-party advertisers. ZipArrow will also display pop-up advertisements, in-text ads and advertising banners on web pages that you visit.

How did I get infected?

This browser hijacker is bundled with various free programs that you may download from the Internet. Unfortunately, some free downloads do not adequately disclose that other software will also be installed and you may find that you have installed ZipArrow without your knowledge. ZipArrow is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. How does ZipArrow hijack my Internet browser?
The browser hijacker modifies the settings of your major web browser by adding, modifying or removing certain preferences or extensions. It also modifies the style sheets in your default and start-up Internet browsers so that those web pages link directly to the ZipArrow home page rather than to their original locations.

How can I remove ZipArrow virus ?

Step 1: Uninstall ZipArrow and remove related files and objects

  • Open your Finder –> Click on GO –>Click on Utilities

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  • Find Activity Monitor and open it

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  • Review all the processes in Activity Monitor and write down the ones related to ZipArrow virus

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  • Select Quit

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  • To kill the malicious process, choose the Force Quit option.

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Step 2: Remove ZipArrow – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

The first thing you need to do is to make sure Safari is not running. If you have troubles closing it, you may need to Force Quit Safari - (Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Application --> Utilities --> Activity monitor. Locate the Safari process and force quit it.

Safely launch Safari again by holding the Shift key and clicking on the Safari application icon - This will prevent Safari’s previously opened malicious web pages.

In case that you still are having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages, please do the following:

  • Force Quit Safari again.
  • Disconnect form Internet and try again.

Then Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button to prevent pop-ups. Then, click on Preferences.

  • Carefully take a look at your default home page and change it if the hijacker altered it.

  • Then go to the Extensions tab and make sure there are no unknow extensions installed.

  • Next step is to click on Privacy tab

  • Manage website data

  • Here you can remove any unwanted website data or just remove them all. Please, keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
  • The next step is to Clear History (if you want), select the tab.

  • Click the menu next to clear and choose a time period — if you want to completely reset Safari, choose all history.
  • Press Clear History
  • To remove from Chrome, open the browser and click the icon with the three dots located in the top-right.
  • Select to More Tools --> Extensions and review what Chrome Extensions are present in the browser
  • Remove the ones that you do not recognize.

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  • If the parasite continues to disrupt your browsing with Chrome, this is what else you can do:
    1. Click again the menu of Google Chrome, and open Settings.
    2. Select the Search Engine from the left panel, review the available search engines and change the default to your preference.default search engine
    3. Then, click on Manage Search Engines, review the list of search engine availabilities and if any of the listed items looks suspicious, click the three-dots next to them, and delete.suspicious search engine
    4. Click on Privacy and Security in the left panel, select the Clear browsing data option, check every box except the Passwords one, and click Clear Data.clear browsing data
    5. Next step is to clear Notifications, select the Site settings option in the Privacy and Security section, then locate Notifications.clear notifications
    6. Review the listed websites in the Allow to send notifications section and if any of the entries shown there seem dubious or related to the browser hijacker, select the three dots next to the object and click on Remove.
  • Start Mozilla Firefox
  • On the top right click the three dashes

  • go to add-ons and themes
  • The add-ons manager will open
  • Carefully review review four Firefox Extensions
  • If any unwanted extension is present, click on the three horizontal dots and then Remove

  • After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red dot in the top left and start it again.
To make sure ZipArrow is removed from the browser  we recommend to scan with a reputable antimalware program like SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3: Scan for and remove ZipArrow files from your Mac

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Once you download and install SpyHunter for Mac run a scan.

Once the scan is complete, your mac will be virus free.

ZipArrow malware Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I get rid of ZipArrow?

ZipArrow is a Browser hijacker – malicious software that can be installed by third-party applications or websites. They usually change the settings of web browsers and search engines to display certain ads, pop-ups, banners, etc.

  • What are the symptoms of ZipArrow infection in your Mac?

ZipArrow becomes your web browser’s built-in search engine.

Your browser’ s search queries are redirected through ZipArrow.com

The “ZipArrow” browser extension or some shady software is installed on your Mac.

  • How do I remove ZipArrow from my browser?

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon on the top left and select Manage add-ons. Under Add-on Types, select Search Providers. Select your search engine from the list of providers and click Remove to remove it. In Google Chrome, go to Settings (at the top right) and choose Search in the On Startup drop down menu.

  • How do I uninstall ZipArrow?
If you made a mistake when installing an app on your mac, the easiest way to uninstall it is by right clicking on its icon in your dock, then going to ‘move to trash’. Once it’s gone, restart your mac. If that didn’t work for you, try rebooting and looking for an icon opening up. Once you’ve found that, go to utilities/get info, then go to the ‘Applications’ tab and look for the app. Right-click it and select ‘Get Info’ and then look for the option to ‘Uninstall this Version’. If that doesn’t work, restart your mac again. If you don’t have any luck you can always use the SpyHunter free uninstall.

How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?

You might be wondering how to make your Mac run faster? It is a common misconception that the more processing power you have, the faster your computer will run. In reality, it’s actually about what’s going on in your processor and memory. For the average person using a computer for just general applications like word processing and web browsing, you don’t need much in the way of computing power.

– Use an SSD drive instead of a hard disk drive.

– Double your RAM if possible.

– Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). (Attention! – do this only if you know the consequences.)

References:

  1. More about pop-up advertisements on Wikipedia.
  2. MacOS malware
  3. SpyHunter Anti-Malware overview and also the reasons why we recommend it for malware elimination.

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