This page is here to help you remove Ads by Zombie Invasion adware. This Ads by Zombie Invasion removal guide is suitable for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as all Windows versions.
Recently there has been a huge wave of Internet users reporting of bewilderingly excessive amounts of intrusive advertisements on extremely popular websites such as Amazon, Youtube, and even Google itself. If you happen to have lately had an identical experience, and you’ve noticed these online ads were labeled “Ads by Zombie Invasion”, it is an indubitable sign that your Windows system has been compromised by a malicious application called Zombie Invasion. It belongs to a widely-spread strain of offensive programs, known as adware, which are produced and dispersed in exorbitant numbers with the primary purpose to generate advertising revenue by forcing the display of countless advertising items such as banners, video ads, in-text ads, pop-ups, etc.
What Is Ads by Zombie Invasion and Who Has Developed It?
Ads by Zombie Invasion is promoted as an alert tool which supposedly scans the World Wide Web for news and other online content which may signify an impeding zombie invasion… which could normally only be taken as a really poor joke at best. The developers of this brilliant anti-apocalypse software, Time Lapse Solutions (most probably a fake name), don’t seem to run a genuine company either. Their address reads as “Physical Mail Address: P.O. Box 6088, Grantley Adams”, and, as you probably well know, a P.O. Box clearly doesn’t constitute a physical address. Needless to say, legitimate businesses don’t hide their traces. National Airport, Christ Church, BB16000, Barbados
What Does Ads by Zombie Invasion Do?
In an obvious favor of more worldwide important issues, recent Internet news haven’t much focused on upcoming raids to be laid on mankind by marching hordes of raging undead. Therefore it is hard to predict whether this program is fit to save human lives by timely warning against invading zombies. What is, however, evident is that it is perfectly suited to strongly damage affected users’ browsing experience while simultaneously exposing them to an entire series of additional threats. The first thing Ads by Zombie Invasion does after gaining unauthorized access to a target computer is to inject malicious code into all resident browsers, thus becoming able to modify the content they display. Consequently, each time Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer are launched, each window opened gets immediately flooded with rapidly growing numbers of annoying adverts in all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the adware may hijack online searches by installing a browser toolbar, thus increasing its advertising value. It is also very important to note that the offensive program is known to collect various private information such as IP, geographic location, visited websites, bookmarks, login credentails or banking details which are probably sold on illegal data markets or directly misused. Last but not least, since the application is also technically unreliable and greatly resources-exhausting, computers which host it usually become extremely slow in performance and Internet connection.
How Is Ads by Zombie Invasion Distributed?
Stunningly, Zombie Invasion has its own official homepage, watchzombieinvasion.com. Although it features a working download option (which Google Chrome blocks as malicious) it cannot feasibly be considered a propagation vector as the number of sane individuals, who would deliberately acquire and install a software to alert them when zombie attacks are about to unfold, is greatly limited. Therefore, similarly to other adware applications, the unwanted program relies on alternative methods in order to spread across the Internet.
Ads by Zombie Invasion is most typically distributed via a very popular monetization method known as software bundling. In order to financially support their work, freeware developers often package free applications such as Video Players, browsers, file format converters, PDF creators, etc. together with suspicious third party programs for a per-install pay. Even the creations of coders who avoid this practice often mostly find themselves wrapped with adware, browser hijackers and other unwanted software since leading download portals such as Download.com, Brothersoft.com and Sourceforge.com employ custom-built download managers which in most cases incorporate multiple additional features. In any case, bundled software is to be handled with increased caution, and it is strictly required that you always choose the advanced (or custom) installation option as it is the only way which will let you opt out of the inevitable preselected “bonus offers”. Even then, please be very carefully and fully examine each installation menu, as the customized installers that bundles use are intentionally designed in a misleading manner (for example, a “next” button which confirms the installation of adware will be big and in bright green, while the “no, thanks” one would be barely readable and faded-out).
Although its not main means of spreading across the Internet, spam e-mails may also be used in order to distribute Zombie Invasion adware. Unlike earlier, when online security hadn’t evolved so far, are not necessary to directly carry the applications disguised as an innocuous file attachment. Instead, malicious messages may simply contain a hyperlink which leads to a website which host an exploit kit. Therefore, we greatly advise you to always handle unsolicited electronic post with utmost care and never open content sent or link to by not fully trusted third parties.
Why Do You Need To Remove Ads by Zombie Invasion At Once?
Ads by Zombie Invasion is set to damage affected users’ online experience and safety in various ways. The most easily recognizable is that it greatly interferes with browsing the Internet. Directly after silently installing, the adware takes control over all resident browsers, modifying the content they display. As a result, upon each launch, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer become completely infested with a frustrating plethora of advertising items ranging from in-text ads (randomly double-underlined bulks of texts within viewed websites) to intrusive video adverts to surreptitiously emerging pop-unders.
Unfortunately, Ads by Zombie Invasion don’t only render browsing the Internet a tiring and mostly fruitless experience. More disturbingly, it is to note that the adverts it constantly injects into all major browsers are potentially severely dangerous as a great deal of them are designed to lure users onto websites which host exploit kits (used to launch drive-by downloads attacks) or serve online scams. Therefore a single accidental mouse click may lead to a malware infection or money loss.
In order to additionally monetize their otherwise useless software, adware developers also program their creations to steal different digital information. Browsing related data such as online searches, visited websites, bookmarks or online purchases are usually sold to marketing agencies as potential sales leads. More sensitive information such as login credentials to websites and banking-related data is either single-handedly misused or offered on illegal Darknet markets.
Ads by Zombie Invasion automatically launches on system boot, constantly runs in the background, loads huge amounts of dynamic content and sends stolen information to remote serves. Understandably, this results in heavy exhaustion of important computing resources and bandwidth. Consequently, computers which are infected with it are reported to suffer strongly decreased overall performance and significantly lowered Internet connection speed.
How To Remove Ads by Zombie Invasion
In order to manually remove Ads by Zombie Invasion, please refer to our detailed guide below which is tailored to help you through each step of the process.
Ads by Zombie Invasion Removal Instructions
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Zombie Invasion from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.
3: Remove malicious attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the malware from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the threat from Regedit and Msconfig.
In order to get rid of Ads by Zombie Invasion, please refer to the following step-by-step removal instructions for each of your browsers. Please note that you also have to manually restore their desktop shortcuts to their original state.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Ads by Zombie Invasion displays annoying ads on Chrome, Firefox and IE. Please, follow the guide precisely. If you miss some of the steps below, there is a chance that Ads by Zombie Invasion will come back at a later moment. Here are the steps you must follow to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove Ads by Zombie Invasion From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove Ads by Zombie Invasion From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove the Hijacker From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Ads by Zombie Invasion from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.