How to remove Zingload.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Zingload.com is a browser hijacker that modifies existing internet browser settings and changes the homepage and default search engine to https://zingload.com/webs?s=chtcdiscre&q={search_Terms}.

Zingload.com redirect virus

When the homepage and default search settings are changed to zingload.com, internet searches performed in the address bar will go through zingload.com to Bing, Yahoo, or Google search. This is done to track search terms and gather revenue from advertisements and search results.

The Zingload.com redirect is a direct result of a browser extension such as Websurft Lite or Discrete Lite. These browser extensions are usually accidentally installed by the user and are offered through aggressive advertisements or bundled software.

When the Zingload.com hijacker is installed you may expect one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Changed homepage or startup page
  • Default search provider changed to http://Zingload.com/ or https://zingload.com/webs?s=chtcdiscre&q={search_Terms}
  • Changed new tab page
  • Suspicious browser extensions
  • Suspicious programs on your PC
  • Decreased browser and computer performance

Additionally, the Zingload.com hijacker can read and change your data on all sites, automatically allow access on numerous sites, and read your browsing history.

How to remove Zingload.com (Virus Removal Guide)

This removal tutorial provides steps to remove the zingload.com virus, fix browser settings, and remove all traces of malware from a PC. This tutorial is designed to be easy to follow, yet detailed to help victims completely get rid of malware, unwanted programs, and repair settings that may have been affected.

Step 1: Remove Zingload.com virus with Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes will remove known malware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) from your computer and mobile device.

1. Download Malwarebytes.

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Why should you buy the premium version?

Malwarebytes Premium has real-time protection that automatically protects your computer and other devices from viruses, spyware, and malware. With Malwarebytes Premium you can stay ahead and safely browse the web with confidence.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as mb3-setup-1878.1878-3.7.1.2839.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed Malwarebytes, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning your computer.

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

Step 2: Remove remaining files

HitmanPro will remove remaining trace files, malware, tracking files, and repair settings.

1. Download HitmanPro. Fill out the information on their website and download the executable file.

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Why should you buy the full version?

HitmanPro is a little different than your usual security program. It goes beyond simply removing viruses, it completely eradicates all traces and remnants of the infection. HitmanPro is also designed to run alongside your Antivirus program which makes it a match up great with Malwarebytes Premium.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as HitmanPro.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed HitmanPro, click the Next button to begin scanning your computer.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button to remove all threats detected by HitmanPro.

Step 3: Clean up and repair settings

Use CCleaner to get rid of junk files and temporary files that can remain on your system, maintain browser settings that may have been modified by malware, and update software (if needed) in order to keep your computer up to date with the latest security patches.

1. Download CCleaner.

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Why should you buy the professional version?

CCleaner Professional has the power of real-time automation, so your computer always stays clean, safe, and fast. CCleaner Pro bundles privacy protection, system cleaning, and more with outstanding customer service.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as ccsetup556.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed CCleaner, click the Analyze button to begin analyzing your system.

4. Once analyzation is complete, click the Run Cleaner button to clean your system.

5. Now, let’s run through the Tools section; Go to Tools.

6. Uninstall: Is there a program you missed uninstalling before? CCleaner can often show you programs that are hidden from the Control panel.

7. Software Updater: Are there any programs to update? Make sure to keep the programs on your computer up-to-date to avoid issues with security vulnerabilities.

8. Startup: Go through the Windows, Scheduled Tasks, and Context Menu tabs. Are there any suspicious startup keys enabled? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.

9. Browser Plugins: Go through the tabs for each browser installed on your computer. Are there any suspicious plugins installed? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.

10. Finally, let’s clean up the registry. Get out of the Tools area and go to Registry.

11. Click the Scan for Issues button and follow the instructions.

12. Once the registry scan is complete click the Fix selected Issues… button and follow the instructions to fill all the selected issues found in your computer’s registry.

Step 4: Check if the extension was removed

Once your computer is clean, ensure that all malicious extensions native to the Zingload.com redirect virus have been removed from Google Chrome and other web browsers.

1. Launch Google Chrome.

2. Open the menu and go to More tools > Extensions.

3. Find the Zingload.com extension and click the Remove button.

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.