Monday, December 9, 2013

Nationzoom.com Virus – How to Remove Browser Hijacker from PCs and Macs

Dissemination Routine


It has been a while that nationzoom.com virus plagues wide range of PC users. It is actually a browser hijacker that replaces default homepage to generate high traffic for money. With increasing traffic due to the hijacking activity, nationzoom.com manages to be contained in freeware/shareware and even rogueware for their publicity. Therefore one should be careful when downloading and installing third-party programs.

To aggrandize its traffic, nationzoom.com applies other dissemination routines to hijack browsers as many as possible:

  • Use sniffers to pin and locate vulnerability on web applications and system.
  • Use Trojan technique to affect instant chat tools and send its affiliate links to the found contacts.
  • With the help of /by paying or affecting advertisements, nationzoom.com virus is in hope of making careless PC users to click by accident.


Damages


Browser hijacker as nationzoom.com virus is, it is capable of triggering mechanical issues to the target machine due to the modifications it makes in the database where orders are given away to tell a machine how to work properly:
  • CPU is consumed significantly.
  • Some runtime error may happen.
  • Computer might freeze from time to time because of junks accumulating on a limited space.
With modifications in kernel part of a system, nationzoom.com virus becomes able to form vulnerability which is popularly known to be exploited by various types of infections, resulting in:
  • Additional toolbar might be mounted without permission.
  • Tracking cookies are injected onto the compromised browser to collect the whereabouts on the Internet so as to help infections to know the popular sites people goes and develop techniques to affect those websites to make more PC users get infected.
  • Pop-up ad might show up ceaselessly to totally ruin the entire surfing experience.
  • Other search redirect virus might be caught insight to direct any intended pages to crash sites.

Knowledge navigation:
Browser hijacker is not technically the same as search redirect virus. A browser hijacker replaces all search pages including the default homepage on a target computer; while a search redirect virus leads to the scene that it takes PC users to other trash pages when the intended search page is about to show. Nevertheless, both browser hijacker and search redirect virus impose almost the same back impact on both PC performance and browser behaviors.

Therefore it is recommended to remove nationzoom.com virus as soon as possible. Take the fact that nationzoom.com is not picked up by anti-virus program to be virus, it is recommended to employ manual removal method for a complete removal. Be noted that professional skills are required to eradicate any vicious generated items that would help nationzoom.com virus survive the following steps. If you are not that good at computers, you are welcome to ask professionals from VilmaTech Online Support for instant help.
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Steps to Remove Nationzoom.com Virus from Windows and Mac


Step one 

Remove startup item of nationzoom.com virus virus.

Windows 8
  • Hover mouse over the border of Start Screen
  • Type “Task” on the search charm bar that appears to hit Enter key.
  • Hit Startup tab.
  • Search and select startup items of nationzoom.com virus and click ‘Disable’.

Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Hold Win key and R key together.
  • Type ‘MSCONFIG’ on the pop-up window and hit Enter key.
  • Check startup items of nationzoom.com virus and click ‘Disable all’.


Step two

Modify configurations back to normal on infected browser manually to remove nationzoom.com virus.

Internet Explorer:
  • Go to Tools.
  • Select Internet option at the bottom of the drop down list.
  • Select General tab to
  1. Empty out browse history.
  2. Select ‘Search’ section to ‘Manage Add-on’ window and heck ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and then ‘Search Providers.
  3. Locate ‘Tabs’ section to ‘Tabbed Browsing Settings’ and uncheck ‘Always switch to new tabs when they are created’ before pressing ‘OK’.

Mozilla Firefox:
  • Click on Tools menu.
  • Enter Manage Add-ons.
  • Modify settings under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.

Google Chrome
  • Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon.
  • Select ‘Settings’.
  • Manage ‘Extension’.

Opera
  • Open up Opera and make it as the current browser.
  • Press and hold Alt+P key at once to initiate a new tab to modify.
  • Locate “Search” section and remove nationzoom.com virus from “manage search engine” option.
  • Browse to Privacy and Safety on the left pane to locate “Cookie” which is on the right pane.
  • Click on “all cookies and website data” button there to remove all cookies as recommended.

Safari
  • Click once on Safari menu and choose ‘Reset Safari’.
  • Tick all given options on the pop-up window and press ‘Reset’ to confirm the change.


Step three

  • Remove all suspicious files under C: Windows and System32 to thoroughly remove nationzoom.com virus.
  • Delete all executable files identical to systematic ones, such as svchost.exe and winlogon.exe in sub-directories under C: Windows.


Step four

Modify database

Windows 8
Type ‘regedit’/‘regedit.exe’ on search charm bar and hit Enter key.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
  • Hold Win key and R key together to launch Search/Run box.
  • Type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter key.


After enter into database, follow the steps below:

For IE users:
  • navigate to Explorer Bars, Extensions respectively under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.


For Google Chrome users:
  • navigate to Clients, ClientState and ClientStateMedium respectively under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to ClientState under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to Common under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.


For Mozilla Firefox users:
  • navigate to Extensions under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Mozilla\ Firefox
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\MozillaPlugins
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins
to find and select items related to nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.


For Opera users:
  • Browse to 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Opera Software
to find and select items generated by nationzoom.com virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.


Nationzoom.com virus manages to make modifications in kernel part of a machine by force so as to collect any detected information for obtaining money by reselling information to other spammers. It is a threat to information security as well as computer health. Thus immediacy is always required to remove nationzoom.com virus. But to remove nationzoom.com virus is not an easy task since it is able to bypass deletion by security utilities. Manual way is thus recommended. Without experience on removing virus, it is perfectly normal that nationzoom.com virus comes back in a second since some items are so identical to the system ones that ordinary one cannot identify. If you encounters just the same problem, you are welcome to gain real-time help from VilmaTech Online Support.
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