The Windows Detected ZEUS Virus is a misleading ad page which designed to force you into thinking that your computer is infected with ZEUS Virus. In reality, you system is not infected with ZEUS Virus! So call to technical support service unnecessary anyway. A telephone, which is given in the misleading message is a fake Windows tech support service. By calling it, you just lose your money and your time!
Usually “Windows Detected ZEUS Virus” pop-ups are caused by adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ‘ad supported’ software may alter the settings of web-browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge or install a dangerous browser extension, which created to generate a large amount of annoying pop-ups. It will lead to the fact that when you launch the web browser or surfing the World Wide Web, it’ll always be forced to open Windows Detected ZEUS Virus misleading advertisements, even when your web-browser is configured to stop advertisements or your PC has an application that blocks unwanted ads. On current date, the ad-supported software continues to increase the number of machines that have been infected.
The adware usually affects only the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge by changing the web-browser’s settings or installing a harmful extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ‘ad supported’ software will perform a scan of the system for web browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you open the browser, you will see an annoying Windows Detected ZEUS Virus misleading ad web-page.
The ad-supported software may insert a huge number of advertisements directly to the web-sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the web page. Moreover, a legal advertising links may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the ad-supported software has the ability to collect a large amount of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
We suggest you to remove ‘ad supported’ software and clean your computer from Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-ups as soon as possible, until the presence of the ‘ad supported’ software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the few simple steps below that will allow you to completely delete the redirect to Windows Detected ZEUS Virus annoying site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How can you prevent your personal computer from the attack of Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-ups
How to manually remove Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up
If you perform exactly the guide below you should be able to delete “Windows Detected ZEUS Virus” pop-up. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or restart your machine.
- Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up from Google Chrome
- Delete Windows Detected ZEUS Virus ads from FF
- Get rid of Windows Detected ZEUS Virus from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed applications and uninstall all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious programs such as ad-supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Delete the unwanted applications may delete the unwanted ads or internet browser redirect to unknown or unwanted web-sites.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll show a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date of installation in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the ‘ad supported’ software is started, it can also alter the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been modified by ad supported software.
- Open the Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete Windows Detected ZEUS Virus ads from FF
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been changed by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto Windows Detected ZEUS Virus misleading site.
First, start the FF and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown on the screen below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once it is complete, click the “Finish” button
Get rid of Windows Detected ZEUS Virus from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu as shown below. Next, press the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press on “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted “Windows Detected ZEUS Virus” misleading web-site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by unwanted software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the screen below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ programs, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up ads with Malwarebytes
Delete Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up ads manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and remove the adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your system. Moreover, this free application will help you to delete web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your PC system may be infected too. You can follow the few simple steps below to delete the Windows Detected ZEUS Virus unwanted ads completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all software and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
When installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to start checking your machine for the ad-supported software which causes the redirect to “Windows Detected ZEUS Virus” web site. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the system scan is complete, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the ad-supported software related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
The following video explains the step-by-step instructions above on how to get rid of ad-supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to block Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious web pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to harmful ads and web-pages. Moreover, the application can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.Adguard download
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- When the download is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is done, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, Windows Detected ZEUS Virus redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your computer and get rid of Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up ads with AdwCleaner
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, FF, Edge and Internet Explorer web browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the downloading process is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” to begin checking your system for the ad-supported software which cause a redirect to Windows Detected ZEUS Virus advertisements.
When it has finished scanning your machine, it will show a list of all items detected by this tool as on the image below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning procedure is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your computer should be free of the Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up virus. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and unwanted malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Windows Detected ZEUS Virus pop-up ads from your PC, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.