NationZoom.com Virus

Also Known As: Nation Zoom Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Nationzoom.com virus removal instructions

What is nationzoom.com?

The 'Nationzoom.com virus' is a term used to describe a potentially unwanted application, which modifies Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the default search engine and homepage fields to nationzoom.com

This browser hijacker is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Commonly, Internet users install this browser hijacker without their consent when downloading free software. Recent research shows that this browser settings-changing adware is also proliferated using fake downloads (for example, fake browser, Java, or Flash Player updates). This adware is especially rogue since it installs a browser 'helper object' (Wsys Control), which prevents users from changing their browser settings. Furthermore, this adware modifies the shortcut targets of any installed Internet browsers.

To avoid installation of this potentially unwanted application, computer users should download program updates only from developers' websites directly. Furthermore, do not trust pop-up ads, which state that your installed programs (for example, Java, Flash, etc.) are outdated. Internet users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use dubious 'download clients' to monetize their free services, and thus, reckless freeware downloading can result in installation of various adware. The Nationzoom.com website adds no real value, and moreover, cyber criminals responsible for creating this browser hijacker can easily redirect Internet users to any malicious site of their choosing, thus infecting computers with high-risk malware. You are advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.

Nationzoom.com redirect virus

The Nationzoom.com browser hijacker is identical to previous adware, which redirects Internet users to Do-search.com, Aartemis.com, isearch.omiga-plus.com, and many other dubious Internet search engines. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of any advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing the downloaded software, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this step will reveal installation of any bundled adware. If your Internet browsers redirect you to nationzoom.com, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.

Quick menu:

Nationzoom.com virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

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Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."

Windows XP users:

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Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Nationzoom.com uninstall from Control Panel (Wsys control)

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Nationzoom.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Nationzoom.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Nationzoom.com virus from Internet Explorer:

Removing Nationzoom.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the 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".

Change homepage:

Removing nationzoom.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Nationzoom.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing nationzoom.com from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 to have problems with redirects to Nationzoom.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Optional method:

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Nationzoom.com virus from Google Chrome:

Removing nationzoom.com from Google Chrome shortcut target

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 the 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:

Removing nationzoom.com related plugins from Google Chrome extension

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select them and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing nationzoom.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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:

Removing nationzoom.com from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "NationZoom" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of nationzoom.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Nationzoom.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing nationzoom.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://nationzoom.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Change homepage:

Removing nationzoom.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to Nationzoom.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in NationZoom.com Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of NationZoom.com Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove NationZoom.com Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on NationZoom.com Virus or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Comments 

 
#7 Yoly 2013-12-14 16:50
THANK YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

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#6 Juank 2013-12-07 19:21
I tried to delete it by myself and I couldn't even after reading many articles and watching videos showing how to do it. Finally I read your article and was able to remove it... thanks.
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#5 Avery 2013-12-03 14:38
Thank you! This worked great!

For others, remember to also right click on the shortcuts pinned to the start bar (e.g. right click chrome, then right click "google chrome" from menu and click properties. Then make the changes to the shortcut as described above.
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#4 admin 2013-12-03 01:27
HI D S Craft, have you checked your Internet browser's shortcut target? If you won't remove the added entries in your shortcut targets none of your mentioned programs will be able to eliminate this browser hijacker.
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#3 D S Craft 2013-12-02 17:48
Doesn't work. I've run a full scan of newly updated Malwarebytes in the Safe Mode - clean. I've run a full scan of newly updated Spybot in the Safe Mode - clean. I've run a boot time scan with Avast set in the high heuristics mode - clean. The above doesn't work. Nation Zoom doesn't show up in about:config. I've reset my Firefox browser using Help-troubleshooting . It makes no difference. When I open Firefox it goes straight to Nation Zoom. If I hit the homepage icon, then it goes to my designated homepage (Bing search). Of course Nation Zoom doesn't show up in my Programs list or as and add-on in Firefox. ????
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#2 Rajiv 2013-12-01 22:44
Great !!! This completely works, thanks. That was becoming a pain !
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#1 Chu Donald Obii 2013-11-30 15:50
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for this instructional, it solved my problem.

Have a wonderful weekend.
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