Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is PepperZip?
PepperZip is presented as an application that provides a useful file archiving functionality - "PepperZip is a highly effective app that helps you create, unpack and compress multiple archive files." Initially, this application might appear legitimate and useful, however, PepperZip often infiltrates systems without users' permission.
Furthermore, it monitors browsing activity and continually delivers intrusive online advertisements. For this reason, PepperZip is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
This application tracks IP addresses, operating system, browsing history, browser type, installed applications, and other similar information. This data may seem insignificant, however, it might contain personally identifiable details.
The developers of PepperZip share collected data with third parties who misuse personal information - this can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, PepperZip delivers various intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ a 'virtual layer', which enables placement of third party graphical content on any site.
The displayed advertisements do not originate from users' visited websites and conceal underlying web content, thus, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to malicious websites - clicking them can lead to system infection with high-risk adware or malware. For these reasons, you should uninstall PepperZip immediately.
PepperZip has very similar characteristics to hundreds of other adware-type programs such as Mintcast, Security Guard, Email Descontos, and Taboola. All adware falsely claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, the purpose of this software is to generate revenue for the developers.
Rather than providing any value for users, these applications cause unwanted browser redirects, gather personal data, and deliver intrusive content-concealing ads.
How did PepperZip install on my computer?
This bogus application is mostly proliferated using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional software with regular software/apps. Research shows that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software.
For this reason, developers intentionally conceal dubious applications within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings. Thus, users who skip download/installation steps, often install deceptive applications such as PepperZip inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Closely analyze the download and installation processes. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, observe each step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
PepperZip adware installer set-up:
Deceptive free software installers distributing PepperZip adware:
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- What is PepperZip?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PepperZip application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PepperZip adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PepperZip ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by PepperZip' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PepperZip ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PepperZip adware 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 "PepperZip 1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes PepperZip ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PepperZip adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, PepperZip did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pepperzip, 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pepperzip, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by pepperzip 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 ads by pepperzip, 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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