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What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,283
United States Rank #28,449
Reach 0.0304%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.66 days
609.61 days >
Average installed length: 320.30 days


v9.20 0.17%

Free Zip 9.20

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What is Free Zip?

This is an installer of a free zip based program that is solely designed to use the Somoto Better Installer to distribute adware and other potentially unwanted programs. The installer advertises through multiple channels (malvertising) in order to tempt a user to download the software. The software itself is just a bundler/download manager that generates revenue by 'offering' additional installs for items such as toolbars, web browser extensions and utilities such as PC optimization programs.

About  (from Somoto)

Somoto provides freeware and shareware developers with strategies to improve their software functionality, revenues, and distribution.


A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is 7zfm.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 7 files and is usually about 3.51 MB (3,679,847 bytes).
Free Zip has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Somoto Ltd
URL: www.somoto.biz
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\free zip
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Free Zip\Uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 3.51 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Free Zip 9.20

Program executable:7zfm.exe
7-Zip File Manager
Path:C:\Program Files\7-zip\7zfm.exe
7-Zip archive utility was developed as an open source project by Igor Pavlov. It is free to use at home or for commercial use. 7Zip runs on Windows and includes both a GUI interface and a command line interface. 7-Zip is the winner for its...
Additional files:
  • 7z.dll (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7z Standalone Plugin)
  • 7z.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip Console
  • 7zG.exe - 7-Zip GUI

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • 7zFM.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AA766F8C-0C2C-4328-AF86-CEB33A0283D2}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • 7zFM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.17 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0761225225%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02913794%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.04698458%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Free Zip?

Quickly and completely remove Free Zip 9.20 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Free Zip 9.20 from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Free Zip from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Free Zip 9.20, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Free Zip.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.36%
Windows 10 27.12%
Windows XP 9.32%
Windows Vista 2.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.72%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.58%
Windows 7 Professional 13.14%
Windows 8.1 9.73%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.22%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.87% of installs come from Saudi Arabia
Which countries install it?
  Saudi Arabia 19.87%
  Thailand 10.68%
  United States 8.35%
  Germany 5.01%
  India 3.34%
  Egypt 3.34%
  France 2.84%
  Italy 2.67%
  United Kingdom 2.67%
  Belgium 2.50%
  Brazil 1.84%
  Czech Republic 1.67%
  MA 1.50%
  Indonesia 1.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.81%
Acer 19.64%
Dell 18.60%
ASUS 9.82%
Toshiba 8.27%
Samsung 4.65%
Lenovo 4.13%
Intel 3.10%
American Megatrends 1.03%
MSI 0.78%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.98%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.35%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.80%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.72%
Acer Aspire E1-531 2.17%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.17%

About Somoto

Partnering with Somoto enables software developers to integrate a clean & dynamic recommendation screen that encourages the user to try a trusted 3rd party software, among them the Somoto Toolbar Customizable Platform.
Publisher URL: www.somotoinc.com


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