Remove NationZoom.com homepage

By | November 29, 2013

remove nationzoom homepageNationZoom is the homepage hijacker just like Qvo6, do-Search, PortalDoSites and Aartemis, which is installed by browser extensions or addons. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote NationZoom Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results. Once this NationZoom browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with NationZoom. This NationZoom homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. NationZoom also hijacks the shortcut of your favorite browser and adds a extra nationzoom.com argument behind the executable. By doing this hijacking the nationzoom.com website always opens when you open the browser, even as you replaced your default homepage with a website of your choice. It’s a very nifty and nasty method of forcing to drive web-traffic to there website.

Please be aware what you install on your computer. The NationZoom browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious softwareoffered and installed during the installation process.

Remove NationZoom homepage


Notice: there isn't any software in this instruction that requires any payment or subscription in order to remove any malware from your computer. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is shareware, which means if you need real-time protection and more premium features, it requires a payment after 14 days trial. However detecting and removing malware with the Free version is totally free and stays free. (more information)

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove NationZoom is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove NationZoom.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove NationZoom and it’s shortcut hijack.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop and ask for assistance using the comments at the end of this instruction.

Step 1 – Remove NationZoom homepage using AdwCleaner (100% FREE SOFTWARE)

Step 2 – Scan your computer using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free to clean and protect your computer from adware, viruses (FREE!)

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove NationZoom from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails.

Remove NationZoom homepageRemove NationZoom homepage using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove NationZoom homepage - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove NationZoom homepage

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove NationZoom homepage

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove NationZoom homepage

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

- Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
- When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
- If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
- Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

Result of AdwCleaner – NationZoom removal

# AdwCleaner v3.015 – Report created 11/12/2013 at 11:28:19
# Updated 10/12/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 8 Pro (64 bits)
# Username : FixYourBrowser.com
# Running from : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\Desktop\adwcleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

Service Deleted : Wpm

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml
File Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\newtab.crx
File Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\chrome-extension_ifohbjbgfchkkfhphahclmkpgejiplfo_0.localstorage

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Google Chrome.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Mozilla Firefox.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\Desktop\Internet Explorer.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\Desktop\Search.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Mozilla Firefox.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome\Google Chrome.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Search.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Google Chrome.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Launch Internet Explorer Browser.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Google Chrome.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Internet Explorer.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Mozilla Firefox.lnk

***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\ifohbjbgfchkkfhphahclmkpgejiplfo
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{33BB0A4E-99AF-4226-BDF6-49120163DE86}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{33BB0A4E-99AF-4226-BDF6-49120163DE86}
Data Restored : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell\open\command
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\nationzoomSoftware

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v10.0.9200.16384

Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Page]
Setting Restored : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]
Setting Restored : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Page]

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v25.0.1 (en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.newtab.url”, “hxxp://www.nationzoom.com/newtab/?type=nt&ts=1386757662&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.defaultenginename”, “nationzoom”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.selectedEngine”, “nationzoom”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “hxxp://www.nationzoom.com/?type=hp&ts=1386757662&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC”);

-\\ Google Chrome v31.0.1650.63

[ File : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

Deleted : homepage
Deleted : search_url
Deleted : keyword
Deleted : urls_to_restore_on_startup

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