September 19, 2014

How to uninstall ZoneAlarm search toolbar

ZoneAlarm search or ZoneAlarm toolbar is a stubborn browser application that can be added yo Firefox, Chrome, Safari, internet explorer and opera. Although it is not a virus but due to its unfair policies and sticky behaviors, most users consider it ZoneAlarm search malware. This program can get into a computer together with third parties software downloaded from web. Once installed, ZoneAlarm toolbar will change your homepage and search provider settings and then you,ll see ZoneAlarm search engine instead of Google each time you search for something. Moreover, the ZoneAlarm toolbar will direct your homepage to http://search.ZoneAlarm.com or similar pages. This kind of annoying activities are usually disliked by people and unfortunately, if the user tries to uninstall ZoneAlarm search toolbar, this sticky program wont leave the computer. Anyhow, we,ll guide you on how to get rid of ZoneAlarm toolbar search for free.

Common Symptoms of ZoneAlarm search infection:
This kind of malwares usually change your Homepage, Search provider, Desktop Background.
They can display bunch of unstoppable pop-ups advertisements.
Computer performs slower then usual, browser may crash over and over.
Strange websites are automatically opened on the computer after a frequent interval.
Disabled Folder options, Task manager, Registry editing tools.
Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
Unexpected browser behaviors such as URL/link redirects.
Unwanted and unknown Plugin/extension or add-ons attached with browser.
Useless shortcuts on desktop or creepy websites added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.


How to uninstall ZoneAlarm search

Remove toolbars, plugins, extensions, add-ons
Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users:
Go to TOOLS and then click MANAGE ADD-ON, From there, select Extensions, Toolbars and remove the ZoneAlarm search if found. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Google Chrome Users:
Click SETTINGS icon and select SETTINGS, then open Extensions, toolbar, search provider options, remove the ZoneAlarm search if listed there. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Uninstall from Control Panel
Open CONTROL PANEL, then ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS or “Programs and Features”, now lookup for ZoneAlarm search and uninstall if it is listed.

How to delete ZoneAlarm search manually:
If the malware did not go away after uninstall procedure, try these steps. Please note, the manual removal method is a bit complex and it can go wrong if you perform its tasks incorrectly. It is advised to run an automatic virus removal software for safe and easy solutions. However, if you are good with Manual removal, do the steps below.

Possibly corrupt registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “DisableTaskMgr” = 1

Delete files:
Open then following folders or search for ZoneAlarm search in My Computer and delete if found files associated with this bug.

C:\program files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
%AllUsersProfile%\

ZoneAlarm search toolbar removal tool
It is always good and safe to use an automatic software to detect and eliminate viruses and malwares. The programs below are best for removing malwares.

1: Malware Bytes (Mbam)

2: Hitman