Did you just get interrupted by a pop-up ad from z1.zedo.com? You are not alone. I also get the z1.zedo.com popups while browsing. Do the pop ups also get round the pop-up blocker in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Do the pop-ups appear on sites that does not advertise with popups. Then read on...
Here's a screen dump of the z1.zedo.com pop-up ad when it showed up on my machine:
(Sorry for the large number of watermarks. If I don't add them, the screenshot will be used without attribution at some other blogs)
Does this sound like what you see your system, you probably have some adware installed on your system that pops up the z1.zedo.com ads. So there's no idea contacting the owner of the site you currently were browsing. The advertisements are not coming from them.
I'll do my best to help you with the z1.zedo.com removal in this blog post.
Those that have been visiting this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Recently I dedicated some of my lab computers and purposely installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been monitoring the actions on these systems to see what kinds of adverts that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself automatically, or if it downloads and installs additional unwanted software on the machines. I first noticed the z1.zedo.com pop-up on one of these lab systems.
So, how do you remove the z1.zedo.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the z1.zedo.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the z1.zedo.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
The bad news with popups such as this one is that it can be initiated by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
So, what can be done? To remove the z1.zedo.com popup ads you need to check your machine for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here's my suggested removal procedure:
The first thing I would do to remove the z1.zedo.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:
Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Do you see something suspicious in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed approximatelyabout the same time as you started getting the z1.zedo.com pop-ups.
Then I would check the browser add-ons. Adware often show up under the add-ons dialog in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don't remember installing?
I think most users will be able to track down and remove the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I've developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool built to manually track down and uninstall unwanted software. When you've tracked down the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.
FreeFixer's removal feature is not locked like many other removal tools out there. It will not require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you're having difficulties deciding if a file is clean or unsafe in the FreeFixer scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains additional details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:
As a last resort you can block z1.zedo.com in the Windows HOSTS file.
Here's a video tutorial on how to remove the pop-ups with FreeFixer:
Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the z1.zedo.com pop-ups? What did you do to stop the pop-up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you!
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