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Danger level 7
Type: Adware

Zwangi

The one type of threat which has the tendency to drive people totally crazy is adware. Zwangi is a type of adware that has the capability to actually install a browser helper object onto your PC. On top of that, this advertisement-supported program displays vast amounts of advertisements and pop-ups. This infection may result in your computer system decreasing in terms of both speed as well as performance. You may also find that this piece of software may be a contributing factor towards some of your system settings changing without your consent or knowledge. Another thing that most users do not expect is that this adware adds itself to the Windows Registry. These are just some of the many reasons why it is essential to remove Zwangi from your computer. We have created this report after analyzing the suspicious ad-supported program, and we want to provide you with all of the essential information.

How did you find out about Zwangi? Most users know nothing about this program before installing it onto their computers because they download it packaged with other programs they want. It is not uncommon to see this advertising-supported program packaged with unreliable YouTube downloaders or PDF converters. The software installed along with this program can be completely unreliable and malicious, which is why you need to make sure you inspect the software installed along with this adware. If you are unable to identify every single potential threat on your PC yourself, use a malware scanner to make things easier for yourself. Note that you do not even need to invest in a scanner as most of them – including the one linked below – are free. Do not skip this step because software bundles are often employed for silent infiltration of malware, and a malware scanner can help you figure out if that is the case.

The suspicious Zwangi also has a search engine, zwangi.com, that supposedly can help you browse the web. In reality, when you enter keywords into the box provided, you will be introduced to a page full of ads. In fact, all that this search provider shows are “Sponsored Results” and “Related Searches,” which should make it clear for you that this search provider cannot be trusted. It was found that the ad-supported program itself can redirect you to this strange search engine. It was found that connection to other domains could be made as well. These domains include seekservice.net, spacequery.com, seekdns.com, tabquery.com, and findbasic.com. All of this is made possible with the help of many files that this adware employs. One of these files is called “zwangi.dll”. This file has been found to manipulate the behavior of different system processes and even record information as a keylogger. Needless to say, this file requires immediate removal.

Other DLL files that are associated with Zwangi include api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll, msgsc2.dll, MicrosoftExtensions.dll, and tabquery.dll. The name of MicrosoftExtensions.dll might trick you into thinking that this file is essential to your Windows system. The same trick is used to conceal boot.exe, secservr.exe, and windows.exe files, all of which have names of authentic files. It is most likely that most of these files will be found in a subfolder under %ProgramFiles% (or %ProgramFiles (x86)%). If you remove the files found within this subfolder, you also must not forget to eliminate any leftovers in the Windows Registry and possibly other folders. If you are experienced at manual removal, these tasks should not pose many problems for you, especially if you use a reliable malware scanner.

If this is the first time you have encountered a malicious infection, manual removal might not be the best option for you. Reliable anti-malware software can help you eliminate every single malicious threat active on your PC with a click of a button. The existence of adware and other potentially dangerous threats is not the only reason to invest in this software. If you install it, you will not need to fear the invasion of other threats. If you are not careful about this, you will risk getting your PC infected again every time you click any link, download software, or interact with any kind of online content. Note that external drives could get infected as well. Employ anti-malware software now, and forget about malware for good.

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How to manually remove Zwangi

Files associated with Zwangi infection:

~TM9B.tmp
Au_.exe
MicrosoftExtensions.dll
sukoku(2)(2)(2).dll
boot.exe
datprot.exe
Btocia.exe
cntprot.exe
windows.exe
secservr.exe
dot3api32.dll
msgsc2.dll
tabquery.dll
GBM8.exe
zwankysearch149.exe
sukoku(2)(2)(2).exe, sukoku125.exe, sukoku.exe
m.21CA.tmp.exe
dpwsockx32.dll
0047.DLL
nvmcaudio97.dll
m.22E.tmp.exe
qhj0.exe
trs.sys
iesto64.dll
ojokel.exe
api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll
36a1532f.dll
dplay32.dll
authui32.dll
nah_earv.exe
Gates.exe
resulttool129.exe
zwangi.dll

Zwangi DLL's to remove:

36a1532f.dll
authui32.dll
iesto64.dll
msgsc2.dll
tabquery.dll
dot3api32.dll
dplay32.dll
api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll
sukoku(2)(2)(2).dll
MicrosoftExtensions.dll
dpwsockx32.dll
nvmcaudio97.dll
zwangi.dll

Zwangi processes to kill:

qhj0.exe
windows.exe
GBM8.exe
secservr.exe
cntprot.exe
nah_earv.exe
boot.exe
sukoku(2)(2)(2).exe, sukoku125.exe, sukoku.exe
zwankysearch149.exe
Btocia.exe
datprot.exe
m.21CA.tmp.exe
resulttool129.exe
m.22E.tmp.exe
Gates.exe
Au_.exe
ojokel.exe
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