4zip is another application that promises to work like WinZip, which is known to be the leading Windows compression utility. If you visit the official website of 4zip, you will notice immediately that it promises to enable users to create, open, and extract files from the following archives: Zip, TAR, Gzip, and RAR. It really seems that this application does that; however, we still cannot call it trustworthy. There are several reasons for that, and we are going to present them all further in this article. We are sure that you will be able to decide whether or not to keep this software installed on the system after reading through this article. In case you decide that you are going to use WinZip or another more reliable tool for putting files into archives, you should use instructions provided below this article to delete 4zip. Make sure you do not leave it installed on the system. Even if you close it, this piece of software might start together with Windows OS and work behind your back.
As 4zip does not do anything very noticeable, users who do not install this program willingly on their systems usually do not even know that they have this potentially unwanted program installed on their computers unless they come across its main folder 4zip with such files as 4zip.exe, 7z.dll, combo.png, eUninstall.exe, dup.exe, winzipersvc.exe, and others in %PROGRAMFILES% (%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%). It has been observed that this application will also create several new registry keys. More experienced users can notice them quite easily if they access the Registry Editor. Finally, it will be clear to you whether or not 4zip is installed if you check the Desktop and Control Panel.
Specialists working at 411-spyware.com have thoroughly tested this application and noticed that it can really create archives and extract files. It is not very surprising that it is not a useless piece of software because the program itself is based on the WinZipper (application for creating archives and extracting files that is very similar to 4zip regarding its appearance and the way it works) platform. Even though it seems to be quite a useful application, we do not think that it can be fully trusted. Specialists say that this program might use the winzipersvc.exe file to download malware on the computer. Of course, it will not inform you that it is going to install it on your PC, which means that you might not even know that you have undesirable software on it. It is very dangerous to keep malware because it might steal personal information and simply do not allow a user to use the computer on a daily basis. As malware is so dangerous and you risk infecting your system with it by keeping 4zip installed, we suggest getting rid of this software and then installing a more trustworthy application instead of it.
The majority of unreliable applications are spread via bundled malicious installers these days, so you have to be very careful if you do not want to infect your system once again. Researchers have managed to find out that 4zip is mainly spread via filewon.com, malavida.es, descargar.es, and filewin.com installers. We are sure that 4zip is not the only software in such a bundle, so there is a huge possibility that other applications have been installed on your computer as well. Unfortunately, not all of them are 100% reliable, so you should check the condition of your computer. You should use a diagnostic antimalware scanner for this matter.
There are hundreds of more trustworthy tools for compressing and extracting files. Therefore, there is no need to keep 4zip installed. Luckily, this application has an uninstaller and can be removed from the system quite easily. If you still feel that you need some help with its deletion, use instructions provided below this article. You can erase this PUP automatically too but you should know that you will have to acquire the trustworthy security software first. In our opinion, the SpyHunter antimalware scanner is the best choice.
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