How to remove Zip Arcade ads

What is Zip Arcade?

Zip Arcade adware deceives its users by claiming that it is an application that presents hundreds of online games for free. That sounds pretty fun and handy, so many people tend to leave it on their systems and try it out for some time. This approach soon reveals that Zip Arcade is just another fraud that exists only for illegal money raising. With this intention the application forces promotion of affiliate sites – it displays ads that have corrupted links leading to these sources or sometimes Zip Arcade can initiate redirections on unwanted websites. Bear in mind to avoid these commercials in any way possible until you manage to remove Zip Arcade adware.

Zip Arcade ads

How Zip Arcade got installed on your computer?

Zip Arcade and similar to it applications are rarely welcomed by users, so to land on a system they need to be properly disguised or use a technique that allows them to sneak into undetected. So, to prevent the malware from infecting your PC you need to use caution. During an installation don’t rush the process, try to analyze every installation screen. It is especially true for steps with accepting EULA, the document provides the genuine information and says if there anything you don’t want to have on the computer. And finally, when given a choice between Default and Advanced installations, choose the latter and decline the applications you find shady.


Symptoms of Zip Arcade infection

  • First and the most striking proof of what you have an adware is ads generated on pages where they haven’t appeared before. The ads can be of any type – pop-ups, in-text hyperlinks, banners and their amount increases on shopping sites. Some of them may be labeled as “Ads by Zip Arcade”, “Brought by Zip Arcade”, “Powered by Zip Arcade”, etc.
  • Another indicator of adware infection is appearance of new programs that you don’t remember installing and processes in start-up queue.
  • Also, you may notice the significant slowdown in the system operating, since running of the applications required for adware activity may consume a lot of CPU.
  • Besides slowing down the computer itself, adware infection may as well negatively affect the speed of Internet connection.

How to remove Zip Arcade?

To make sure that the adware won’t appear again, you need to delete Zip Arcade completely. For this you need to remove the application from the Control Panel and then check the drives for such leftovers as Zip Arcade files and registry entries.
We should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to automatic removal tool.

Download Norton

Performing an antimalware scan with Norton would automatically search out and delete all elements related to Zip Arcade. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate Zip Arcade, but also the safest and most assuring one.


Steps of Zip Arcade manual removal

Uninstall Zip Arcade from Control Panel

As it was stated before, more likely that the adware appeared on your system brought by other software. So, to get rid of Zip Arcade you need to call to memory what you have installed recently.

How to remove Zip Arcade from Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
  2. Go to Add or Remove Programs
  3. Find the application related to Zip Arcade and click Uninstall

How to remove Zip Arcade from Windows 7/Vista

  1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
  2. Go to Uninstall Program
  3. Find the application related to Zip Arcade and click Uninstall

How to remove Zip Arcade from Windows 8/8.1

  1. Right-click the menu icon in left bottom corner
  2. Choose Control Panel
  3. Select the Uninstall Program line
  4. Uninstall the application related to Zip Arcade

How to remove Zip Arcade from Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X to open Windows Power menu
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Choose Uninstall a Program
  4. Select the application related to Zip Arcade and remove it

noteIf you experience problems with removing Zip Arcade from Control Panel: there is no such title on the list, or you receive an error preventing you from deleting the application, see the article dedicated to this issue.
Read what to do if program won’t uninstall from Control Panel


Remove Zip Arcade from browsers

Since most of adware threats use a disguise of a browser add-on, you will need to check the list of extensions/add-ons in your browser.

How to remove Zip Arcade from Google Chrome

  1. Start Google Chrome
  2. Click on Tools, then go to the Extensions
  3. Delete Zip Arcade or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Zip Arcade from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the Tools/Gear icon, then select Manage Add-ons
  3. Delete Zip Arcade or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Zip Arcade from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox
  2. Click on the right-upper corner button
  3. Click Add-ons, then go to Extensions
  4. Delete Zip Arcade or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Zip Arcade from Microsoft Edge

  1. Start Microsoft Edge
  2. Click the three-dot button in the upper right corner
  3. Choose Extensions
  4. Click the gear icon near Zip Arcade or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them
  5. Choose Remove

Remove files and registry entries added by Zip Arcade

Sometimes removal via Control Panel is not enough since the built-in application can leave some files that shortly will restore the adware. So, you need to find all of the following items and delete them.

Remove Zip Arcade files and folders:

%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\ZipArcade
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\ZipArcade
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ZipArcade
%USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ZipArcade
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ZipArcade
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ZipArcade

Remove Zip Arcade registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstaller\ZipArcade
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EE4E6262-375F-4405-950B-2C6E4884FC7C}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EE4E6262-375F-4405-950B-2C6E4884FC7C}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{72B2CC04-02E1-4EB2-A4B1-8476A36823EC}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\ZipArcade.Control.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\ZipArcade.Control

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