Z6airr.com – a search hijacker that might appear on your browser unexpectedly

Z6airr.comZ6airr.com is a browser hijacker that changes search results to promote sponsored sites

Z6airr.com is a fake search engine that can be encountered due to a potentially unwanted program[1] such as Safe Finder installed on Windows or Mac machines. Typically, browser hijackers end up on users’ computers without permission, as they are spread via deceptive distribution tactics such as software bundles, misleading ads, or fake Flash Player updates.

Once inside the system, Z6airr.com hijack will modify the way Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser works, e.g., it will redirect all searches to Yahoo, all while appending additional links at the top of search results. Behind the scenes, the browser hijacker will also track users’ online behavior and display ads on various websites that they visit.

Name Z6airr.com
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Potentially unwanted applications are usually delivered via deceptive methods, such as software bundles or deceptive advertisements 
Danger level  Low. Browser hijackers are considered minor threats to security, although they can seriously disrupt regular web browsing experience 
Symptoms  Unknown browser extensions or applications installed on the system, all searches redirected via Z6airr.com to search.yahoo.com, search results are filled with sponsored links, overall increased number of ads
Elimination  To uninstall potentially unwanted programs from your machine, you should follow manual instructions we provide below. You could also uninstall the PUP automatically with the help of a powerful anti-malware software
System optimization Adware or other malware might damage systems to prevent them from working properly post-infection. In case you are experiencing lag, crashes, errors, or other issues, we recommend you scan your device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair software

Unfair distribution tactics are one of the main reasons why many find Z6airr.com installed on their systems seemingly out of nowhere. In many cases, users do not pay close attention to the installation process of freeware applications and skip a step that promotes various programs.

Other circumstances that users could install a suspicious app is connected to clicking on dubious content when browsing insecure sites.  For example, you might install the Z6airr.com virus after accidentally clicking on an ad. Some sites use background scripts that would also redirect you to malicious websites that promote fake Flash Player updates (one of the main means for malware distribution).[2]

Regardless of how the PUP gains access to your system, its presence can be spotted immediately:

  • Homepage of your web browser might not see visible changes (although the search bar might be missing);
  • All searches performed via the URL bar are rerouted to z6airr.com, and then to Yahoo;
  • Sponsored results appear at the top of the search results;
  • Overall increased amount of advertisements on all sites;
  • Browser extensions, startup items, background processes, and other unwanted components might be present on the device.

To put it simply, Z6airr.com redirects are caused by an application that is installed on your machine or a browser extension that is clipped to your web browser. The main purpose of such behavior is to ensure that the infected users would click on promotional links and visit affiliated sites. As evident, the developers of PUPs monetize on users’ clicks on ads, so they are highly interested in making more people install the application in the first place.

Z6airr.com redirectZ6airr.com is a potentially unwanted program that specifies in changing web browser settings and redirecting all searches to Yahoo

Besides, to make the most profit, users’ information who have the hijacker installed is also collected, analyzed, and then shared with unknown parties. Typically, anonymous data, such as links clicked or websites visited, is collected. However, Z6airr.com might engage in inadequate information collection practices, which could compromise users’ online privacy.

Those infected with a hijacker will experience negative consequences of the browser takeover – they will be unable to use their default search provider as they used to. The only way to go back to how things were before is to remove Z6airr.com from the web browser, along with all its components.

Since the suspicious web browser activity can be related to multiple different applications, Z6airr.com removal might be difficult. You can check out the manual guide we provide below or scan the machine with powerful anti-malware software. As optional steps, we also recommend resetting the installed web browsers and performing system checks with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for better computer performance.

Unwanted applications are mostly installed behind users’ back

If you are wondering how a browser hijacker ended up installed on your machine, you should check what apps you recently installed. If you are a frequent visitor of third-party sites that distributed freeware/shareware applications, there is a high chance that you got infected by downloading a PUP in a bundle along with the desired application. Keep in mind that even reputable apps might be included in a single installer – it is all about whether it is adequately disclosed to the user.

Unfortunately, most third-party websites are interested in more users installing applications that they most likely did not want in the first place (for monetization purposes). Thus, they use various tricks to make users miss the step where the notification about the additional component is shown. Security experts from lesvirus.fr[3] want to warn users about the following deceptive techniques:

  • Multiple “Download” buttons are presented on the website in order to make users install different programs than advertised (mostly torrent and similar insecure sites use such deceptive techniques)
  • Since most users pick Recommended/Quick mode during the installation, they hide optional installs under Recommended/Quick settings;
  • Buttons are deliberately misplaced, e.g., the “Skip offer” is shown on the left side instead of the right one (which is usually used for “Accept” or “Next” buttons);
  • Offers are hidden under pre-ticked checkboxes or fine print text.

Keep these tricks in mind next time you install freeware on your computer, and you should avoid unintentional installation of apps via software bundles.

Z6airr.com distributionZ6airr.com hijacker might be distributed via fake Flash Player update prompts

Uninstall Z6airr.com virus to return genuine search results

Z6airr.com removal can be performed easily, as long as it is known what application or browser extension it is tied to. In other words, once you access the install application list, you will not find the entry related to the redirect name. This is especially true if you are a novice computer user and have other browser hijackers/adware/PUPs installed on your system behind your back. For this reason, it might be tricky to find and eliminate the culprit. In such a case, we recommend you download and install a powerful security tool, and then perform a full system scan – it will find and delete all the dubious entries.

However, if you are aware of which apps you installed yourself, you can remove Z6airr.com virus by checking your web browser for unwanted extensions or apps installed on the system. In case you cannot find anything suspicious, you should reset the installed web browsers to ensure that all the settings are reset – we explain how in the instructions provided below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can’t grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. 

Nevertheless, there’s a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection.