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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


If you have installed a questionable file compression application called OZIP recently, it is possible that Search.ozipcompression.com has emerged in your Google Chrome browser. This browser hijacker can change your home page, new tab page, and default search provider settings, so if you are infected with this malware, you may have already noticed these changes. Many users do not remember letting this hijacker on board because the offer about the browser-related change can be easily missed. Such changes are most often considered as the default choice in malicious installers in order to make sure that if the user ignores or overlooks the provided checkboxes, the infections will be installed. Therefore, these schemers will obviously try to create deceiving installers. The presence of this browser hijacker on your computer can also mean that there are other malware programs as well. Therefore, you cannot only focus on removing Search.ozipcompression.com alone because your system will still be under attack by other potential threats. In order to understand the risks related to this malware infection, please read on.

We have discovered that this infection can mainly enter your computer in free software bundles that contain a couple of malware threats and other unwanted tools. If you download and install such a malicious bundle, you can put your whole operating system at risk, not to mention that this way you can make your computer, your files, and your stored information quite vulnerable and exposed to cyber criminals. The most likely way to get infected with such a vicious package is to visit questionable websites that host noticeably plenty of advertisements. These ads are not only annoying though. It is quite possible that they pretend to be something else and you do not even know that they are advertisements. Mostly, websites associated with file sharing are the main distribution centers for malware through such ads. But a lot of third-party ads can disguise themselves as download offers, Next and Download buttons or links, or even Windows notifications. One single click is enough for you to cause a lot of trouble for your computer if it is not protected with a decent malware remover. If you have visited such sites lately, we suggest that you remove Search.ozipcompression.com right away and scan your system with a reliable free online malware scanner to identify all other threats as well.

You can find the promotional website of OZIP at ozipcompression.com. We have found that installing this software is the main source of this browser hijacker. We do not believe that you have ever visited this webpage or that too many users have ended up on it. Yet, it is quite possible that users search for a free file compression program and find this program bundled on a questionable freeware site. As a matter of fact, no matter how this browser hijacker has entered your computer, you should act the very same way and delete Search.ozipcompression.com immediately after noticing it.

This unreliable search engine resembles Google a bit. This is not a coincidence, of course, and this is not the only shady search engine to try to copy those well-known looks. The reason behind is very simple: this browser hijacker wants to deceive you into believing that you are on a reliable search page. Why would it do that? Because, obviously, it is not that reliable. In fact, it is possible that this hijacker modifies the search results. This is how it can make sure that its affiliates are promoted in order to generate web traffic to their websites. This is how browser hijackers can usually make money. But promoted third parties cannot be fully trusted since cyber criminals can also hide among them. Therefore, data gathered by this search engine may be shared with criminals, who can misuse them to send targeted ads and links to your screen. So when you think that you are on a reliable search results page and click on an ad or a link, you may be rerouted to a malicious website and get scammed by schemers. If you do not want to lose your money or become a victim of identity theft, you should not think twice to remove Search.ozipcompression.com as well as the OZIP software from your computer.

The good news is that you can easily eliminate this threat source if you execute the uninstaller via Control Panel. However, it is possible that this will not undo all the changes in your Google Chrome browser. Therefore, you may need to take care of the extension manually. We have prepared an easy-to-follow guide for you if you need help with the necessary steps. The bad news is that this will not necessarily make your virtual world a safe place to be in. If you want to clean your PC effectively and keep it secure and protected, we recommend that you employ a decent anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. Keep this tool updated so that it can provide your PC full protection against the latest threats as well.

How to remove Search.ozipcompression.com from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click Start and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the unwanted program and click Remove.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Press Win+R and type in control panel. Click OK.
  2. Choose Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X and open Programs and Features.
  2. Select the unwanted program and click Uninstall.

How to remove Search.ozipcompression.com from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. In the left panel, click on Extensions.
  3. Select the undesirable extension and click on the trash icon.
  4. Press Remove in the pop-up.
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