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Danger level 6
Type: Adware

Zango

These days even social networking websites are not safe from malicious adware. Many users who are tempted to develop a new Internet friendship end up having their systems infected with Zango. It is a notorious advertisement-supported program that usually spies on the people who install it, recording the Internet browsing habits, in order to spam them with corresponding advertisements. These advertisements usually consist of various games and videos which the user needs to pay for in order to play or watch. It is easy to determine when this adware is installed because it comes with a toolbar which is supposed to “help” the user browse the web. Is your operating system infected with malware that you want to delete? If you are looking for information that can help you remove Zango software from your PC, this is the report you need to read.

According to our researchers, Zango has quite a few malware features. For one, it loads automatically once the computer boots up. Furthermore, it reports the user’s behavior to unknown third parties and installs other components for itself. Although at first sight it might seem that this adware does not pose great danger, it was found that it can also forcefully redirect users to various sites, not to mention that it trespasses the user’s privacy in a way that legitimate software (which it claims to be) shouldn’t. These are the main reasons why we suggest removing this advertising-supported software as soon as possible. Of course, if you have installed this software willingly, it is unlikely that you will think twice when interacting with it, and that is a problem. Careless users are the ones that get themselves into trouble first. If you do not want to be fooled, the first you need to do is research the software you want to use.

It is very difficult to research Zango Toolbar, Zango Search, and other suspicious products because their developer is no longer active. Speaking of the company, it was created in 1999, and it was formerly known as Hotbar and 180Solutions, Inc. Regardless of the name, this company was always recognized as the creator of adware, and its products were considered as potentially dangerous. Although this company is no longer active, it is possible that the installers of advertising-supported program could still be promoted by unreliable third-party software distributors. Needless to say, if you have the option to reject this software, you should do that without any hesitation. Of course, if an installer pushes you to install Zango software, it is likely that the remaining programs offered are unreliable as well. If you have installed thins kind of software already, use a malware scanner to check if you need to remove malware from your PC.

If you install Zango, quite a few files will be dropped onto your computer, including SBTV.exe, salm.exe, Weather.exe, SeekmoSA.exe, OEAddOn.exe, zangohook.dll, and zangosahook.dll. Most virtual security tools identify all of these files as potentially dangerous. So, if your operating system is guarded by up-to-date anti-malware software, this advertising-supported program is unlikely to slither in. However, if adware has been infiltrated, it is obvious that your operating system is vulnerable, and much more dangerous infections could have slithered in! As mentioned previously, unreliable adware could be introduced via software bundles; however, it could also be downloaded silently. In either case, a good malware scanner is your best friend, and we recommend using it to see if other threats are active.

You need to think about all threats active on your operating system. If you focus on the removal of Zango adware only, more malicious threats – if they exist – could secretly steal your passwords, download other infections, or perform other devious actions. Therefore, the first thing you should do is rank the threats active on your operating system, which you can do using a trusted malware scanner. If you wish to perform the removal manually, eliminate the most critical threats first. If multiple infections exist, you do not have the time, or you are not highly experienced, it is best to utilize anti-malware software to have all threats deleted and, simultaneously, your operating system guarded. The guide below shows how to uninstall unwanted software and delete browser’s extensions.

Uninstall undesirable software

Windows 10:

  1. Place the cursor into the search box on the Taskbar and type Uninstall a program.
  2. Open the tool found to open a menu of all available uninstallers.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to get rid of and select Uninstall.

Windows 8.1 or Windows 8:

  1. Move the cursor to the bottom right corner in Metro UI to access the Charm bar.
  2. Click the Search icon, enter Uninstall a program into the dialog box, and launch the utility.
  3. Find the program you wish to eliminate, right-click it, and select Uninstall.

Windows 7 or Windows Vista:

  1. Click the Windows icon on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Move to Programs/Programs and Features and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the unwanted program, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start icon on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs and go to Change or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the unwanted program, click it, and select Remove.

Remove undesirable extensions

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox, tap Ctrl+Shift+A (Add-ons Manager), and move to Extensions.
  2. Click the Remove button next to the undesirable extension.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome, tap Alt+F, select More tools, and choose Extensions.
  2. Click the recycle button next to the undesirable extension and choose Remove.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, tap Alt+T, and choose Manage Add-ons.
  2. Open the Toolbars and Extensions menu and Disable the unwanted extensions.
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How to manually remove Zango

Files associated with Zango infection:

SBTV.exe
Weather.exe
SeekmoSA.exe
OEAddOn.exe
salm.exe
zangohook.dll
Setup[1].exe
zangosahook.dll
ZangoSA.exe
zangohook.dll

Zango DLL's to remove:

zangohook.dll
zangohook.dll
zangosahook.dll
zanuhook.dll
zangotb.dll

Zango processes to kill:

SBTV.exe
Weather.exe
SeekmoSA.exe
OEAddOn.exe
salm.exe
Setup[1].exe
ZangoSA.exe
zangotbuninstaller.exe
zango.exe
zanu.exe
zangoinstaller.exe
nstallershell.exe

Remove Zango registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftRASAutodialControlLoginSessionDisable=1
E5B57AB3-15F8-43A2-ABAC-3E58A9C25818
21B4ACC4-8874-4AEC-AEAC-F567A249B4D4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunango[applicationname]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunzanu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall[gamename]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallango[applicationname]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallzanu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREzanuHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarezanu
seekmosa
CoreSrv.CoreServices
CoreSrv.CoreServices.1
CoreSrv.LfgAx
CoreSrv.LfgAx.1
HostIE.Bho
HostIE.Bho.1
HostOL.MailAnim
HostOL.MailAnim.1
HostOL.WebmailSend
HostOL.WebmailSend.1
Srv.CoreServices
Srv.CoreServices.1
Toolbar.HtmlMenuUI
Toolbar.HtmlMenuUI.1
Toolbar.ToolbarCtl
Toolbar.ToolbarCtl.1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENT
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