How to remove ZipCloud virus on Mac?

Adware comes in many different forms, but much of it plays on our love of a bargain or a discount. ZipCloud is an example of that. Once installed on your Mac, it claims to find the best cloud storage deal for you and offers discount coupons and special deals. In reality, its goal is to persuade you to click on an advert so that the scammers behind it can make money.


Everything you need to know about ZipCloud

ZipCloud is an adware that pretends to find discounts for cloud storage, but instead displays intrusive adverts and may steal data such as your IP address and search queries.

It finds its way onto your Mac usually through the download managers used by popular software download sites like Softpedia and download.com.

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While big software download sites themselves don’t deliberately distribute malware, the download managers they use are sometimes infiltrated by adware and potentially unwanted programs. And that means when you download a seemingly legitimate app from one of those sites, you risk also downloading malware.


To prevent downloading and inadvertently installing ZipCloud, you should avoid using sites that use download managers. You should also be careful about where you download apps from in general, and what apps you choose to download. Don’t ignore a warning from macOS telling you that you’re trying to install an application that doesn’t come from the App Store or a trusted developer. Think carefully before you override the default settings in System Preferences to install the app.

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How to remove the ZipCloud virus from your Mac

Step 1: Uninstall ZipCloud from Mac

The first step is to get rid of the app that you downloaded, along with anything named ZipCloud in your Applications folder. Drag them to the Trash and then empty it.

Next, go to the following locations in the Finder, by clicking on the Go menu and choosing “Go to Folder”. Once you’re there, look for any files named “zipcloud” and drag them to the Trash.

~/Library/Application Support/

~/Library/Caches/

~/Library/Logs/

~/Library/LaunchAgents/

~/Library/Saved Application State/

Remove ZipCloud virus

Tip: You can remove ZipCloud, or any other app, along with all the files that were installed with it, very quickly using a dedicated antivirus. Lots of Mac users have found the Malware Removal tool in CleanMyMac X very useful and a much quicker way of uninstalling apps than the manual method above. Download the app (it's free to download), go to the Malware Removal tab and let it get rid of ZipCloud virus completely.

Step 2: Remove ZipCloud browser extensions from all your browsers

Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Safari in the top menu, then choose Safari Extensions.
  3. Look through the list and click on any extensions that you distrust. Also, check the description of the extension. If you don’t remember installing it, click Uninstall.
  4. Repeat until you’ve removed all the extensions you don’t want.

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dot "hamburger" icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select More Tools and choose Extensions from the menu that appears.
  4. Look over the extensions in the browser window and click Remove on any that you don’t recognize.
Remove ZipCloud browser extensions

Firefox

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Click the 3-line (hamburger) icon at the top right corner.
  3. Choose Add-ons
  4. Click the Extensions tab and remove on any you don’t recognize.

Tip: CleanMyMac X can remove extensions from Safari at the click of a button. It can also deal with Login Items and Launch Agents, which may install malware on your Mac.


Remove Launch Agent

ZipCloud pretends to be helpful, by showing you discounts and deals for cloud hosting sites. In reality, however, it’s displaying intrusive adware as a way of making money for the scammers behind it. This adware uses resources on your Mac, and could slow it down or deplete the battery. It may also steal data like your IP address, so you should remove it as soon as you discover it. Removing it is fairly simple using the steps above, and even easier if you use CleanMyMac X to help.

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