Zombie Alert Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Zombie Alert?
Zombie Alert is a potentially unwanted application developed by Creative Island Media LLC. It's is an application that promises to warn Internet users of an impending zombie invasions. This program scours the web for additional news and other content to determine the risk of a zombie invasion; however, it installs without user's consent and causes various intrusive ads.
Most commonly computer users install this plugin with free software downloaded from the Internet. Developers of this browser extension are using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling.
After successful installation Zombie Alert app tracks user's Internet browsing by recording IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser, and other software information, web page URLs visited, and search queries entered.
Moreover, this adware generates banner, in-text, interstitial advertisements. Having this plugin installed on one's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) can end up in high risk malware infections and privacy issues.
Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to monetize their free services - download clients are small programs that offer installation of advertised browser plugins, and thus reckless freeware downloading can easily end up in installation of Zombie Alert or other potentially unwanted applications. It's recommended to remove this adware from one's Internet browsers.
Zombie Alert is similar to other adware which infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads, for example Websteroids, Theater Mode, Mood Tube and Spy Lookout . All of the mentioned browser plug-ins promises to enhance user's Internet browsing however instead of that users are presented with intrusive online ads.
To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, computer users should be very careful when downloading and installing free software. When downloading freeware always inspect every downloading step and be sure to opt-put installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking on a "decline" button.
When installing the already downloaded program choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options (instead of "typical" or "quick"), this step could reveal installation of bundled browser plug-ins. If you already see ads generated by Zombie Alert, use the provided removal instructions and eliminate this adware from your computer.
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- What is Zombie Alert?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Zombie Alert application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Zombie Alert add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Zombie Alert plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Zombie Alert extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Zombie Alert extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Zombie Alert removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Zombie Alert", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At the time of research this adware installed together with other potentially unwanted programs: Coupon Server, Fortunitas, Freeven Pro, M6 Processing, Mario Forever Toolbar, Plus-HD1.9vi, PricePeep, Search Protect, SmartSaver+ 8, TuneUp Utilities 2014 and Wajam. It's recommended to uninstall all of the mentioned programs.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs which cause Zombie Alert ads scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Zombie Alert from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
At the time of research Zombie Alert didn't install it's browser plugins to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, however it came bundled with other adware. It's recommended eliminating these potentially unwanted applications from one's Internet browsers.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "SmartSaver+ 8", "Coupon Server BHO", "PricePeep", "Fortunitas", "Plus-HD1.9vi" and "Freeven pro 1.2" select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the zombie alert ads, 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 the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Freeven Pro", "Plus-HD1.9vi", "PricePeep" and "SmartSaver+ 8" select these entries and click on a trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the zombie alert ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions," in the opened window remove "Coupon Server", "Fortunitas", "Freeven Pro", "Plus-HD1.9vi", PricePeep" and "SmartSaver+ 8".
Computer users who have problems with zombie alert ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the zombie alert ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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