Homepage changed to nationzoom.com without your permission? Still redirected to nationzoom.com after repair browser settings? In this article you will find how to get rid of Nation Zoom browser hijacker once and for all.
What is Nation Zoom Redirect (Nationzoom.com)?
Nation Zoom or nationzoom.com is an ads-supporting platform, categorized as browser hijacker because it sneaks into system to hijack the web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome by replacing the homepage, default search engine and even adding its shortcut to be stubborn to remove.
The presence of nationzoom.com hijacking your web homepage results from installing some software downloaded from the Internet. These software are often audio/video player, PDF converter, download manager, software informer, etc.
The image of nationzoom.com
Once inside the system, nationzoom.com will always appear when you open your web browser. It will appear even when you open a new tab. You seems to be forced to use the Nation Zoom search. However, this is definitely no safe to do so. Then you may ask a question like whether Nation Zoom a virus or not?
Is Nation Zoom a virus or not?
Nation Zoom is technically not a virus. As we said above, it is a browser hijacker, called PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry. Of course, Nation Zoom is not safe to use although actually it just utilizes the reputable Yahoo search and displays real results from Yahoo.
However, in view of Nation Zoom as an ads-supporting platform, the nationzoom.com search will record your search habits when you are using it, in order to display more related advertisements or sponsored links.
As such, Nation Zoom browser hijacker serves as an ads-promoter via displaying extra advertisements or promoting its sponsored website ranking using blackhat SEO techniques, let alone its sneaky way of distribution.
With Nation Zoom, your privacy is not secure and floods of unreliable ads would be mixed among real search results, not to mention that it sticks to your web browser.
For any reason, Nation Zoom will be not a good thing to keep. Remove Nation Zoom redirect or hijacking upon sight.
Below is removal guide to get rid of Nation Zoom browser hijacker.
—To keep away from Nation Zoom/nationzoom.com hijacker, you can take below measures into practice:
♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser (see detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome). Or you can also make full use of some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware.
♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.
♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.
♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.
♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the bundling software.
Please note, if the PUP causes some browser search redirect or hijacking like this Nationzoom.com redirect, uninstall the PUP and the software would not repair your changed browser settings. To heal the browser search, you need to do manual repair at the same time.
How to Get Rid of Nation Zoom Redirect (Nationzoom.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)
Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware
To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:
Antimalware Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Step 2. Uninstall Nation Zoom and related PUP from computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Nation Zoom, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Nationzoom.com on your web browser.
Option 1. Automatic Uninstall
Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.
To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:
2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.
3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker.
Then you will see below window
Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.
And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Option 2. Manually uninstall Nation Zoom and Related PUP from Control Panel
Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:
For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate Nation Zoom and related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find Nation Zoom and related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find Nation Zoom and related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 3. Remove Nationzoom.com from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
1. Remove extension
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
2. Remove nation.com startup page
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page
Then remove the url nationzoom.com from the text box.
3. Remove Nationzoom homepage
Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.
Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.
4. Remove related search engine
Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.
Find Search area, click manage search engines… button to make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.
5. Remove nationzoom.com shortcut from Chrome properties.
Now close Chrome and find its desktop icon. Right-click its desktop icon and navigate to Properties → Shortcut
Remove nationzoom.com from target text box.
When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.
1. Remove add-on
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it.
Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.
2. Reset homepage
On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
3. Repair search engine
In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.
4. Configure Firefox
Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Nation Zoom in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.
5. Remove nationzoom.net shortcut from Firefox properties
Now close Mozilla Firefox, and then right-click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut.
Remove the url nationzoom.com from the Target text box.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
1. Remove add-on
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on
There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.
Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.
2. Remove Search provider
Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )
3. Reset homepage
Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.
4. Remove nationzoom.com shortcut from Internet Explorer properties
Now close Internet Explorer, and right click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut
Remove the url nationzoom.com from the text box.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance
Some browser hijacker like Nation Zoom would also inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit. Thus it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. To do so, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.
Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Instructions: 1. Download and install.
2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.
2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.
Recommended for a slow PC→
If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:
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Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker
To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.
Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html
Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.
Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this nationzoom.com by adding the URL into its black list.
If any question in the process, leave it below.