Zombie Invasion Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Zombie Invasion
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Zombie Invasion removal instructions

What is Zombie Invasion?

Created by Time Lapse Solutions, Zombie Invasion is a rogue browser extension claiming to alert users of impending 'zombie invasions'. Although this browser add-on may seem legitimate, be aware that it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The developers of this PUP employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Zombie Invasion on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most infections are caused by reckless download of free software from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration, Zombie Invasion tracks users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.

zombie invasion adware

These intrusive advertisements include banner, in-text, and interstitial ads. It is highly probably that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this potentially unwanted program records various software and hardware information that is likely to be personally identifiable. For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, browser/operating system types, and other details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate Zombie Invasion adware from your Internet browsers.

There are many rogue browser plug-ins similar to Zombie Invasion. Some examples include Zombie News, Thug Tracker, Movie Mode, and Zombie Alert. Neither Zombie Invasion, nor any of these other PUPs, provide any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads. Research shows that most adware is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com. Download clients are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Zombie Invasion, and experience intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, read the removal instructions provided to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.

Deceptive free software installer used in Zombie Invasion adware distribution:

zombie invasion adware installer

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Quick menu:

Zombie Invasion adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

zombie invasion adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Zombie Invasion", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Zombie Invasion ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Zombie Invasion adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Zombie Invasion", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Zombie Invasion ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by zombie invasion, 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.

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 wish 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Zombie Invasion", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Zombie Invasion ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by zombie invasion, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Zombie Invasion". Note that Zombie Invasion ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Zombie Invasion ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by zombie invasion removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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