Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Nationzoom.com virus removal instructions
Nationzoom.com virus is a term used to describe a potentially unwanted application which alters user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) settings by changing their default search engine and homepage to nationzoom.com This browser hijacker is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling, most commonly Internet users install this browser hijacker without their consent when downloading free software. Recent research shows that this browser settings altering adware is also being spread using fake downloads (fake browser,java of flash player updates). This adware is especially rogue due to the fact that it installs a browser helper object "Wsys Control" which doesn't allow users to set their preferred browser settings, moreover this adware also modified shortcut targets of all installed Internet browsers.
To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications computer users should download program updates only from their developers websites and don't trust pop-up ads which states that one's installed programs (could be Java, Flash, etc.) are outdated. Internet users should also know that nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using shady download clients to monetize their free services thus reckless freeware downloading can easily end up in installation of various adware. Nationzoom.com website doesn't add any real value, moreover Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this browser hijacker can easily redirect Internet users to some malicious source and thus infect computers with high risk malware. It's recommended to eliminate this adware from one's Internet browsers.
Nationzoom.com browser hijacker is identical to previously discovered adware which were redirecting Internet users to Do-search.com, Aartemis.com, isearch.omiga-plus.com and many other shady Internet search engines. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs computer users should be very attentive when downloading free software, if your download is managed by some download client be sure to opt-out installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking on a decline button. When installing the already downloaded software use "custom" or "advanced" installation options instead of "quick" or "typical", this step could reveal installation of bundled adware. If your Internet browsers already redirect you to nationzoom.com use the provided removal instructions and eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.
Nationzoom.com virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control" select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs which causes browser redirects to Nationzoom.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Nationzoom.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Nationzoom.com virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://nationzoom.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Nationzoom.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Nation Zoom".
If you continue having problems with redirects to Nationzoom.com you can reset you 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 Nationzoom.com virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://nationzoom.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove nationzoom.com related browser extensions:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab" select them and click on a trash can icon.
Click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over nationzoom.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "NationZoom" and add or select your preferred.
Remove Nationzoom.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://nationzoom.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window remove nationzoom.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "nationzoom"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to Nationzoom.com you can reset you 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.