How to remove the zango virus

Most antivirus programs identify zango.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_ZANGO.AD or ADWARE_180SOLUTIONS.ZANGO, and Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/ZangoSearchAssistant.

The zango.exe file is a software component of Zango Search Assistant by 180solutions.
Zango.exe is an executable file that is part of Zango, a program created by 180Solutions. This program monitors and traces user browsing habits and delivers the data back to the creator's server for analysis. This file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) listed as spyware. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Applications created by 180solutions are listed as adware and spyware designed to install themselves on computers without user permission. These applications are distributed via various affiliates. Though the affiliate programs were supposed to obtain the permission of the user prior to software installation by law, most did not, resulting in thousands of illegal installations. 180solutions is currently known as Zango. It is an American software company that offers users access to its partners' videos, games, tools and utilities in exchange for watching targeted advertising installed on the user's computer. The company was founded in 1999 originally as ePIPO.

Zango stands for Zango Launcher

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Zango.exe file information

The process known as Zango belongs to software Zango Search Assistant or Zango by 180solutions ( or Zango (

Description: Zango.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Zango.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 867,328 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 908,288 bytes and 4 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The zango.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Zango.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall Zango Search Assistant or Zango from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify zango.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the zango.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Zango has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

conected to 180solutions, which most products created by 180solutions are caught be spybot. this one isn't, but was created on computer by itself on internet. Was running along with Netdde (spyware)
  Samantha D  
  Samantha D   (further information)
This is trojan downloader known by Microsoft Antispyware
  Yaroslav Osadchyy  
not much, but mysterious, hard to remove completely
Tried to remove it. Slowed computer to a crawl. Constant 100% disk activity. Took a full day to get a virus scan done to remove last vestiges. It is crap and difficult to remove.
  Dan G.  
zango.windupdate freezes Spybot S&D
  Joyhn Carswell  
nothing much i run a program trend told me i had i virus called trojan i gooled it and i found this page and thats when i remembered i install something called zango but now its not in contrl panel and i dont know much/how to uninstall it!!!! email help to
this zango was installed on my computer by my mom and it made pop ups also my spyware found it and deleated it then my other spyware found it and also deleated it but i think its still on my computer no more pop ups but my computers been running slow since then
Pure spy-ware, I got it when I downloaded Xvid codec. Spy-bot gets rid of it no problem
  Justin Yates  

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Summary: Average user rating of zango.exe: based on 19 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks zango.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 12 users think zango.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade zango.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving zango issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active zango process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the zango.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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