Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
ZoomEx - how to eliminate this unwanted browser add-on?
The ZoomEx browser extension enhances users' Internet browsing experience by enlarging Facebook photos (when the user hovers over them). Whilst on first inspection this browser plug-in appears legitimate, it has a downside: this extension displays unwanted ads (pop-ups and text link ads). ZoomEx is one of a number of adware-related browser add-ons used by free software developers to monetize their free programs.
Many computer users report that they did not willingly install this browser add-on and yet it appeared on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox). These situations can occur if computer users install freeware, such as, for example, PrivitizeVPN. The ZoomEx add-on can then be inadvertently installed with it during the installation phase, especially if the user is not vigilent. This browser add-on can be categorized as adware since it is installed on users' systems using deceptive promotion methods (bundling with free software), and it displays unwanted ads, which may lead to installation of malware and viruses.
The ZoomEx browser add-on alone is not technically a virus or spyware, however, it is an unwanted browser add-on which diminishes Internet browser performance, tracks users' Internet browsing habit, and displays unwanted ads. If you feel that this extension was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this unwanted browser plug-in.
ZoomEx adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "ZoomEx", select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "ZoomEx", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling ZoomEx adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove ZoomEx from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove ZoomEx from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Zoomex", select it and disable this entry.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ZoomEx extension, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove ZoomEx from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Zoomex" select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
Remove ZoomEx from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Zoomex".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ZoomEx plug-in, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
ZoomEx Adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in ZoomEx Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of ZoomEx Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ZoomEx Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.