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Danger level 9
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's
Other mutations known as:
Nationzoom is a browser hijacker that masquerades as a reliable search engine. It comes from the same batch as Qvo6 Virus, Aartemis, Qone8 Virus, and other similar infections. The main reason why arrives at your system is, of course, money. By redirecting you to affiliated websites and forcing you to click the pop-up advertisements, the people behind earn financial profit via pay-per-click system. Although it is not as dangerous as a Trojan or a rogue infection, still should not be tolerated at any cost.

A lot of users prefer to remove manually, but that does not guarantee that the application will not come back. These browser hijackers are very resilient, and if you miss at least one directory or part of the settings which determine whether can be removed or not, you can be sure that instead of your default home page you will see appear once more, and you will definitely be exposed to a variety of potential security threats.

The alarming fact is that most probably you allowed to enter your system yourself. All the browser hijackers from this family are distributed bundled with freeware. It means that such third party programs as video players, PDF file readers, file converters, various browser extensions and other applications, that are available free of charge at a number of websites, can come together with the installer file for, and once you run a particular program that is part of the browser hijacker’s distribution network, your browser settings will be modified immediately.

At first will not seem dangerous at all, but then you will notice an extensive number of commercial advertisements that appear on the main page and when you browse the Internet. What is more, can also make use of cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits – what websites you visit, what you search for online, your main computer system information and so on. Later on this information might be shared or even leaked to a third party for marketing purposes. However, you cannot rule out that possibility that could expose you to dangerous infections as well.

After all, the pop-up and other types of ads displayed by usually contain third party content, so even malevolent third parties could embed their corrupted links into the ads. Therefore, you need to take your computer safety seriously and remove at once. Below you will find instructions on how to restore your default browser settings, but that does not guarantee that the infection will stay away. To prevent any regeneration, scan your PC with SpyHunter free scanner and then acquire a licensed antimalware tool that will definitely keep and similar infections at bay.

Restore browser settings to default

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and click Internet options.
  2. Open Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings option and click Reset.
  4. Press Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Firefox button and navigate to Help.
  2. Click Troubleshooting information and press Reset Firefox at the top right corner of a new tab.
  3. When a pop-up dialog box appears, click Reset Firefox again and press Finish.

Change Google Chrome Settings

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Select Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup. Click Set pages.
  3. Remove, enter a new home page address and click OK.
  4. Press Manage search engines button under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine, delete and click Done.
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How to manually remove

Files associated with infection:

smt_nationzoom_20131128171426.exe processes to kill:


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