How to remove the zangohook virus

Most antivirus programs identify zangohook.dll as malware.

The zangohook.dll file is a software component of Zango Search Assistant by 180solutions.
Zangohook.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is associated with Zango, a program created by 180Solutions. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This program monitors and traces user browsing habits and delivers the data back to the creator's server for analysis. The program also prompts advertising popups. This file is a BHO (Browser Helper Object) that integrates with Internet Explorer. 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.

ZangoHook stands for Zango Browser Hook

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Zangohook.dll file information

The process known as Zango or zango belongs to software Zango Search Assistant or zango or Zango or Sword of the Spirit or Mjuice Components by 180solutions ( or Zango (

Description: Zangohook.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Zangohook.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 133,232 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 141,424 bytes, 143,720 bytes or 126,976 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 56F1D444-11BF-4879-A12B-79CF0177F038 or 21B4ACC4-8874-4AEC-AEAC-F567A249B4D4. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Zangohook.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Zangohook.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with zangohook.dll, you can uninstall Zango Search Assistant or Zango software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify zangohook.dll related errors

Important: You should check the zangohook.dll 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

installiert sich mit bearshare, modifiziert startseite etc
Zango ist irgendein drecksprogramm das ständig browser fenster öffnet löschen! kann keinen guten effekt haben
is a miner program meaning it will read out what you surf and send it to the master server, installs with bearshare.
zangohook.dll ist meiner Meinung nach schädlich und schwer zu entfernen!(für mich zumindest) Wer probleme hat "Zango" überhaupt zu entfernen, sollte zunächst das programm löschen, was es hervorgerufen hat! Sehr bekannt bei welchem programm es häufig auftritt is Bearshare pro...die kostenlose version, denn bei dieser version, wird zango mit runtergeladen! Habe ich zumindest gehört.
  Schnocko   (further information)
Spyware/Adware I don't know where I saw it, but Zango is a program to download videos and games, but in return it give you several targeted ads. It was said to be time consuming and difficult to remove all the files. (You can't just use Window's Add/Remove Programs because it leaves several files in you registry)
  justme   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of zangohook.dll: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving zangohook issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active zangohook process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the zangohook.dll 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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