Are you seeing zoneofrewards.com pop-up ads in the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge every time you use the browser to surf the Internet? This means that your system is infected with an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it shows a lot of annoying pop-up ads. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free applications, download and install them on the computer without proper attention to the fact that the ad supported software can penetrate into the PC along with them.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge, but often that a malicious software such as this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time run the web-browser to see zoneofrewards.com annoying advertisements.
The ‘ad supported’ software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to open dozens of popup ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open internet browser window. So, the zoneofrewards.com is just one of the many web pages of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It’s designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or redirect the browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-pages. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can substitute the legitimate ads on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit harmful sites. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their sites, so the creators of adware, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
We suggest you to remove ad supported software and clean your machine from zoneofrewards.com pop-ups ASAP, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the guide below that will allow you to completely remove the reroute to zoneofrewards.com unwanted site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How did you get infected with zoneofrewards.com advertisements
How to manually remove zoneofrewards.com redirect
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this dangerous software. To get rid of this ad supported software, you can use the manual removal that are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing dangerous software, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will help you to remove zoneofrewards.com redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in personal computer or in the case where ‘ad supported’ software is not removed automatically.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete zoneofrewards.com redirect from Google Chrome
- Delete zoneofrewards.com advertisements from FF
- Remove zoneofrewards.com pop-ups from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove zoneofrewards.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the machine cleaning process by checking the list of installed programs and delete all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as ad-supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Remove the unwanted software may get rid of the annoying ads or web-browser redirect to unknown or annoying web-pages.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll open a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date of installation in the Control panel.
Delete zoneofrewards.com redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malware and ‘ad supported’ software, as well as to restore the browser’s settings that have been modified by adware.
- Now run the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next, press the “Reset” button.
- When this process is finished, your internet browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage, new tab and default search engine.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete zoneofrewards.com advertisements from FF
First, launch the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove zoneofrewards.com pop-ups from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then press button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as startpage, new tab page and default search engine to default state, disable ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and thereby get rid of the redirect to zoneofrewards.com annoying page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove zoneofrewards.com redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the web browser, it will be rerouted to an annoying ads.
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 which starts with “http://” which 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 unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your computer, it will show zoneofrewards.com unwanted web-site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a dialog box which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove zoneofrewards.com automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this tool to detect zoneofrewards.com threat and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is done, press “Scan Now” button for scanning your computer for the ad supported software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your computer. In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the instructions or the video guide below.
Block zoneofrewards.com advertisements and other annoying web pages
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted ads and malicious web pages, you need to use application that blocks access to harmful advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the application can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the download is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as on the image 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 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 run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, web pages such as zoneofrewards.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete zoneofrewards.com advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot delete the unwanted zoneofrewards.com pop-ups from the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: October 9, 2020
After the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is opened, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and adware that displays ads from zoneofrewards.com web-site. When the system scan is finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to delete adware, browser hijackers and other dangerous programs.
Now your computer should be clean of the zoneofrewards.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying dangerous sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new 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 zoneofrewards.com ads from your machine, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.