Remove zu1.zeroredirect.com From Your Browser

This page shows how to remove zu1.zeroredirect.com from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Did you just see zu1.zeroredirect.com in the status bar of your browser and wonder where it came from?

Here is a screen dump on zu1.zeroredirect.com from my computer:

zu1.zeroredirect.com in the status bar

I noticed zu1.zeroredirect.com in the status bar and the network log while I was browsing a site that I know does not load or link to any content outside of the site.

The following are some of the statusbar messages you may see in your browser's status bar:

If this sounds like what you are seeing on your machine, you probably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine that makes the zu1.zeroredirect.com domain appear in your browser. Contacting the owner for the site you were at would be a waste of time. The zu1.zeroredirect.com statusbar messages are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you with the zu1.zeroredirect.com removal in this blog post.

I found zu1.zeroredirect.com on one of the lab computers where I have some potentially unwanted programs running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The potentially unwanted programs was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on web site that usually don't show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove zu1.zeroredirect.com from your browser? On the machine where zu1.zeroredirect.com showed up in the statusbar I had a few programs installed, which are often referred to as "potentially unwanted". I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the browser from loading data from zu1.zeroredirect.com.

The issue with this type of status bar notification is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program that's installed on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the statusbar messages.

To remove zu1.zeroredirect.com you need to check your computer for potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

  1. Examine what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see something that you don't remember installing or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your add-ons you installed in your web browsers. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the connections to zu1.zeroredirect.com?

  4. If that did not help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. As a last resort you can block zu1.zeroredirect.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did you find any potentially unwanted program on your machine? Did that stop zu1.zeroredirect.com? Please post the name of the potentially unwanted program you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!

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