How to remove WinZip System Utilities Suite (Virus Removal Guide)

WinZip System Utilities Suite, also known as System Utilities Suite by Winzip, is advertised as “an all-in-one maintenance and optimization program that will diagnose, repair and optimize your system.” Winzip claims that WinZip System Utilities Suite will boost PC performance and dependability and recover valuable disk space.

WinZip System Utilities Suite

The developer says that there are 2 versions of the program including a free and registered version. The alleged free version contains a driver backup, startup manager, uninstall manager, registry defrag, crash helper, file extension manager, process library, system information, add-ons manager, and registry clean while the full version additionally contains a driver updater, disk cleaner, windows updater, disk explorer, duplicates finder, and mass file renamer.

Although the developer claims to have a free version with a large number of features, the program is not actually free to use. A personal computer may be scanned with the “free” version; However, the program must be registered in order to “repair all” or “remove all” that is detected by the free program.

This is an unethical and deceptive marketing practice often utilized by malicious programs (malware) and rogue software and is one reason why WinZip System Utilities Suite is recognized as a potentially unwanted program or potentially malicious by antivirus programs such as ESET-NOD32.

WinZip System Utilities Suite is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Deceptive marketing

WinZip System Utilities Suite utilizes deceptive marketing techniques to obtain customers. As previously noted, the free version is not actually free to use, it is only a scanner which makes it an ideal advertisement for the registered full version. Furthermore, Winzip does not mention that the free version is only a scanner and users typically become aware of the fact after using the program to scan their computers.

WinZip System Utilities Suite deceptive marketing

WinZip also claims that WinZip System Utilities Suite can boost PC performance and dependability; However, these claims are arguably disputed by Microsoft and other legitimate entities. For one, removing files will not enhance a computer’s performance and secondly, tampering with the Windows registry may have negative effects on a computer system and is not recommended by Microsoft.

Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaning utilities and cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of a registry cleaning utility can be solved. Microsoft also states that some programs available for free on the internet might contain spyware, adware, or viruses.

To make matters worse, the program is often advertised alongside or bundles with third-party malware, viruses, and other threats. The program may be introduced to a computer by third-party malware and may also be promoted during the installation process as a custom program.

How to remove WinZip System Utilities Suite

WinZip System Utilities Suite can be uninstalled from Windows through the Control Panel or Apps and Features. However, uninstalling the program through the Control Panel will not remove malware, adware, spyware, viruses, and other potential threats from an infected computer. To remove WinZip System Utilities Suite we recommend to scan your computer with reputable security software known to detect and remove WinZip System Utilities Suite and to use a second anti-malware program to eradicate remaining malware, adware, spyware, and viruses. Follow the removal instructions below to remove WinZip System Utilities Suite and other threats from an infected computer.

1. Download and install ESET Smart Security to remove WinZip System Utilities Suite. ESET has the program in its antivirus engine and will detect and remove it without needing to uninstall it. *When installing ESET Smart Security, select the option to enable detection of potentially unwanted applications (if applicable).

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2. Once ESET Smart Security is installed, open the program and navigate to the Computer scan tab.

ESET Smart Security may automatically update and perform an initial scan. The ‘initial scan’ takes longer to complete than a normal computer or removable media scan. It is recommended to perform a second scan following the initial scan.

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3. Click Scan your computer to scan all local disks and clean threats.

4. Next, download and install Malwarebytes to scan for third-party malware, adware, spyware, and potentially unwanted programs.

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5. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning the computer.

6. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

7. Reboot the computer.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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