ZipRar Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: ZIPRAR potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "ZipRar" from Mac?

What is "ZipRar"?

ZipRar is an application designed to extract and compress files to ZIP and RAR formats on Mac computers. Judging on appearance alone, ZipRar may seem useful and easy-to-use, however, developers promote it using the "bundling" method. Therefore, ZipRar is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Note that applications of this type are often installed unintentionally.

ZipRar scam

Using ZipRar, it is possible to 'drag and drop' files for compression or extraction, or users can browse through directories and look for specific files. It allows them to choose the format, method, and even to split archive files into equivalent sections. Note, however, that to use the extraction or compression features (or perform advanced actions), users must first purchase the 'full version'. Hundreds of PUAs offer "useful features" in this way and attempt to convince users into purchasing so-called 'full versions'. In fact, these apps deliver no real value. As with many such apps, ZipRar is distributed using the "bundling" method. Developers often use this method to proliferate several unwanted apps at once (often browser hijackers or adware). These apps modify browser settings, feed users with intrusive ads, gather browsing-related data, cause unwanted redirects, and so on. Thus, having these apps installed can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and affect the overall browsing experience. It is not known whether ZipRar is bundled individually or with others. Note, however, that most bundled apps come in packs.

Threat Summary:
NameZIPRAR potentially unwanted application
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate ZIPRAR potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Generally, most developers promote unwanted apps of this type as 'useful tools' that include various features, however, PUAs provide no real value. Once installed, they are simply used to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs usually cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, deliver ads, and record browsing-related (and other) information. In doing so, they diminish the browsing experience and pose a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety. Some examples of other potentially unwanted apps are PDF King, SysTweak AntiMalware, and PremierOpinion.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

This app does has an official download website, however, most people download and install unwanted apps such as ZipRar unintentionally. This happens when users click untrustworthy, deceptive advertisements, or when software developers use the "bundling" method. With bundling, developers trick users into downloading (or installing) potentially unwanted apps with other regular software. They do not disclose information regarding the presence of these apps in download/installation set-ups. Developers place hide these apps in "Advanced", "Custom", and other settings or options of the download/installation set-ups. Note, however, that users who skip installation/download steps and leave settings/options unchanged, often cause unintentional installation/download of various unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use official sources (websites) when downloading software, and not peer-to-peer networks (torrents, eMule etc.), unofficial websites, and other untrustworthy sources. Never skip installation or download setup steps. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Dismiss offers to install or download any software you do not want to download or install, and only then finish the procedure. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy websites - these ads often redirect users to deceptive, dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you experience these ads or redirects, check your browser for any unwanted/unknown apps such as extensions, add-ons or plug-ins, and remove them. Apply this also to programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of the website promoting the ZipRar unwanted application:

website promoting ZipRar app

Screenshot of the ZipRar installer:

ZipRar installer

Instant automatic removal of ZIPRAR potentially unwanted application: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of ZIPRAR potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ZipRar potentially unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ziprar potentially unwanted application related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

ZIPRAR potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ziprar potentially unwanted application related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ziprar potentially unwanted application related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ziprar potentially unwanted application related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.