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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


The file archiver market is saturated with so many established well-known programs that it seems that this market segment has no more room. However, Z-Zip's developers thought that it was a good idea to market their program as a file archiver -- which it clearly is not. You should remove this program, on the grounds that it does not actually work. It will not open, compress, or decompress files. So what does this program actually do? We are going to try and answer this question in this article. After conducting our research, we classified this program as potentially unwanted. It seems that the company that created this software wanted to trick users into installing it. Our research has revealed that this archiver might show third-party advertisements in its interface as well as on your browser. So, if you want to acquire more information, please read this whole article.

If you install this program, you will immediately notice that there is something wrong with it. We do not know if its developers intended this program to be like this or if it is simply half-finished. Whatever the case may be, Z-Zip does not perform the functions stated on its website at While conducting our research we have also found that in some cases this program may not run at all. If this program does work, however, then it will promote commercial content, such as software and websites, inside its interface. But the problem does not end there. Z-Zip can modify your browser and force it to display advertisements as well. The ads may be shown as coupons and banners, and it may redirect you to various pages, as well as open new tabs at will. The ads are quite irritating, irrelevant, and unreliable.

ElementSoft is the name of the company that created this archiver. And, as previously mentioned, Z-Zip has its own website at This website features this program’s download. Unfortunately, we have found that this program is already bundled with adware-type programs and bad toolbars, so you should scan your computer for malicious program as soon as the opportunity arises. Adware programs can further hamper your browsing by displaying additional advertisements of questionable reliability. Z-Zip and its affiliated programs will likely collect anonymous information about you. This information may include your browsing history, Internet Protocol address, and device specifications. This information is collected and used for commercial purposes. This program’s developers can modify the ads and tailor specific ads to users based on their current location, as the location can also be determined. Customized advertisements help the developers make more money and continue to release more adware.

Therefore, it would be best if you removed Z-Zip from your computer, thus denying its developers the means to acquire wealth. It is very irritating when a seemingly good program is nothing more than an empty shell that does not do anything useful. If you have been duped into downloading Z-Zip and you want to delete it, then feel free to make use of our removal instructions provided below.

Remove Z-Zip from the OS

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find Z-Zip and click the Remove button.

Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the program and right-click on it.
  4. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar.
  2. Click Settings and go to Control Panel.
  3. Find the unwanted software and right-click on it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Enter Control Panel in the search bar located on the Taskbar.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the unwanted archiver and Uninstall it.
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