The ZapMetaSearch is an one of the many annoying pages, which can be opened automatically each time you open the browser. The reason of automatic opening of this web page is browser hijacker, which was set on your personal computer without your consent. Once started, the infection alters the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge’s homepage and search engine by default to reroute you on an unknown or ads web page. Because, the owners of such pages don’t disdain to use any methods to promote their pages and attract new users. Below we explain how to remove ZapMetaSearch.com from the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge thereby restore your favorite homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to normal state.
A malicious software which modifies settings of internet browsers on ZapMetaSearch.com usually affects only Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ZapMetaSearch.com infection may alter the Target property of web-browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the internet browser, instead of your homepage, you will see a completely different web page.
In addition, the ZapMetaSearch.com browser hijacker can also modify the search engine selected in the browser. When you try to search on the infected internet browser, you will be presented with a fake search results, consisting of advertisements and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results can occur very dangerous links that lead to malicious and misleading web pages.
Although, ZapMetaSearch.com hijacker infection is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it modifies the settings of your internet browser. Moreover, an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your system with this hijacker, that will show lots of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the web-browser. Often such these advertisements may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted software or visit dangerous web sites. So, it’s very important to clean your personal computer as quickly as possible. The step-by-step guide, which is shown below, will allow you to get rid of ZapMetaSearch startpage from the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge and other browsers.
How can you prevent the ZapMetaSearch hijacker
How to manually remove ZapMetaSearch
This few simple steps will help you remove ZapMetaSearch.com search. These ZapMetaSearch.com removal steps work for the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the browser or reboot your personal computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Remove ZapMetaSearch.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall ZapMetaSearch redirect
- Delete ZapMetaSearch redirect from FF
- Get rid of ZapMetaSearch.com in Chrome
- Delete ZapMetaSearch search from Internet Explorer
Remove ZapMetaSearch.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program” It will display a list of all software installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall ZapMetaSearch redirect
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The hijacker infection can modify it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://www.zapmetasearch.com/” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the internet browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown on the image below.
Once is done, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to an unwanted web sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Delete ZapMetaSearch.com redirect from FF
First, launch the FF. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of ZapMetaSearch.com in Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijacker, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been replaced by infection.
- First, run the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete ZapMetaSearch search from Internet Explorer
First, run the IE, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove ZapMetaSearch.com browser hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage and search engine by default to default state.
How to delete ZapMetaSearch automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete browser hijacker from the infected PC system. This is because the browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker again infect your personal computer and alter its settings to ZapMetaSearch.com. Moreover, I want to note that it’s not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Download Malwarebytes on your PC from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the downloading process is complete, close all software and windows on your PC. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, press Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your PC for the browser hijacker which cause a redirect to ZapMetaSearch. When a malware is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your personal computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing ZapMetaSearch.com hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC system.
I recomend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker and other malware.
Stop ZapMetaSearch.com homepage and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your PC against new unwanted advertisements and harmful web sites, you need to use an program that stops access to harmful advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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After the download is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that 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 launch your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, web sites such ZapMetaSearch.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Remove ZapMetaSearch.com hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot delete this hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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After downloading is done, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, press “Scan” button to begin scanning your computer for the ZapMetaSearch.com hijacker and browser’s malicious extensions. Once the system scan is complete, it will open a scan report as shown on the screen below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will display a dialog box as shown in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the cleaning process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your computer should be free of the ZapMetaSearch.com redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted dangerous web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers, malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove ZapMetaSearch from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.