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STOPzilla AntiMalware FAQs

How is STOPzilla AntiMalware better than other AntiMalware solutions?

STOPzilla AntiMalware software can load and scan your computer faster, detect and remove a wide range of computer related threats, and enforce True Real-time protection to block a large number of complex online threats. STOPzilla AntiMalware uses minimal system resources, thanks to its Cloud Technology, giving you a pleasant experience that does not slow down your computer while you carry on your day-to-day computer related tasks.

How can I get an Activation Key?

If you lost the Key originally provided to you when you activated the product previously, contact us and a helpful STOPzilla team member will promptly retrieve your lost key.

How can I get help activating an online purchase of STOPzilla AntiMalware?

It is assumed that you have already downloaded the Trial Version of STOPzilla AntiMalware from the STOPzilla Web site and purchased the product. If not, please download STOPzilla AntiMalware now, and then follow the instructions on your screen.

When you purchase STOPzilla AntiMalware, a message is displayed with your order number, indicating that you have purchased STOPzilla AntiMalware successfully. This means that your Activation Key will be emailed to you within minutes. When you receive your Activation Key, please open STOPzilla Antimalware and click on the days remaining to get to the activation portion of the software. Once there, enter your activation key onto the provided field and click "Activate Now". You're done!

What does "Activation limit" mean when reinstalling STOPzilla AntiMalware?

When you purchased STOPzilla AntiMalware, you bought a one-year subscription for one computer (or more, if you purchased a bulk license.) STOPzilla AntiMalware will allow you to activate only as many copies as you have purchased.

If you have removed STOPzilla AntiMalware and need to reinstall it, purchased a new computer, or had your old computer reformatted, you will need to have your account reset. Click here to send us an email indicating that you have reached your activation limit. Your account will be reset immediately.

If you wish to protect your additional computers with STOPzilla AntiVirus, you can purchase additional licenses at a big discount. To get a quote, please email us and indicate the number of additional licenses you need and a representative will contact you.

How do I upgrade to the latest version of STOPzilla AntiMalware?

Upgrades are new releases (versions) of STOPzilla AntiMalware. Unlike definition updates, which are enhancements that allow STOPzilla AntiMalware to detect new infections, upgrades include major changes in functionality. When you purchase STOPzilla AntiMalware, you are entitled to all definition updates and upgrades for one year, at no additional cost.

STOPzilla will automatically notify you if an upgrade is available.

Where can I get a link to download STOPzilla AntiMalware?

You can install STOPzilla AntiMalware on your computer by downloading it directly from the homepage of the STOPzilla website. By default, the system downloads the trial version of the product. If you already have an Activation Key, you can activate STOPzilla AntiMalware once the trial version is installed.

Click here to download STOPzilla AntiMalware

IMPORTANT: Your Activation Key is a string of numbers and letters that is associated with your e-mail address. Be sure to provide your correct e-mail address. When entering your Activation Key, remember that it is case-sensitive. If you see an uppercase letter (ABC), type an uppercase letter, not a lowercase letter (abc).

I still see Pop-ups with the latest version of STOPzilla AntiMalware installed. What can I do?

First, make sure that you are running the latest definitions of STOPzilla AntiMalware. To check for updates, please double-click the SZ system tray icon in the lower right corner of your screen. By default, STOPzilla AntiMalware opens to the Home console. At the top-right corner, click on the "gear" icon to open the settings. Once there click on "Check for Updates" on the left-hand menu.

I reformatted my computer. How do I reinstall STOPzilla AntiMalware?

If you reformat your computer or buy a new one, you will need to install STOPzilla AntiMalware again. As long as your subscription is valid, you can remove and install STOPzilla AntiMalware as often as necessary. First, download STOPzilla AntiMalware. Then, activate the product with your Activation Key (STOPzilla AntiMalware will prompt you to activate the product each time you start your computer). If you have your Activation Key, please click on the days remaining to get to the activation portion of the software. Once there, enter your activation key onto the provided field and click "Activate Now". You're done!

How do I uninstall (remove) STOPzilla AntiMalware?

You can remove STOPzilla AntiMalware from your computer just as you would any other software application. To remove STOPzilla AntiMalware from your system:

  • Ensure that no programs are running. Shut down all Internet Explorer browsers.
  • If you are using Windows XP: Click Start in the lower left corner of your screen. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. From the Control Panel menu, select Add or Remove Programs.
  • Select STOPzilla from the list of programs in the Add or Remove Programs dialog. Click Remove.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts until finished.
  • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7: Click the Start icon in the lower left corner of your screen. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. From the Control Panel menu, select Programs. From the Programs menu, select Uninstall a Program.
  • Select STOPzilla from the list of programs in the Add or Remove Programs dialog. Click Remove.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts until finished.
  • If you are using Windows 10: Just press Win+X keys simultaneously or right-click the Windows icon, which will display Programs and Features in the context menu. At this time, you can click the Programs and Features. From the Programs and Features menu, select Uninstall a Program.
  • Select STOPzilla from the list of programs in the Add or Remove Programs dialog. Click Remove.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts until finished.
How do I reinstall STOPzilla AntiMalware?

STOPzilla AntiMalware can be reinstalled by downloading from the STOPzilla Web site.

Click here to download STOPzilla AntiMalware

What does STOPzilla AntiMalware do once I install it?

STOPzilla AntiMalware will install and start a scan. As a result of its Cloud Technology, target definitions will be quickly established without long update periods.

When STOPzilla AntiMalware finds a suspicious file, it passes the fingerprint to the Scan Cloud. Milliseconds later, the Scan Cloud marks the file as safe or malicious, or examines it further in its SandBox environment.

STOPzilla Antimalware then rapidly sets about removing any confirmed malicious software.

What is and is not included in the trial version of STOPzilla AntiMalware?

The trial version of STOPzilla AntiMalware includes powerful real-time protection that will kill and quarantine any detected active malware. Malicious malware that is active will be rendered useless by STOPzilla AntiMalware and will be moved into the quarantined folder and encrypted. Real-time protection is very effective at preventing infections but if you are already infected a full scan needs to be performed to fully diagnose the machine.

The trial version of STOPzilla AntiMalware also includes full infection removal capabilities. Real-time protection will quarantine any infections detected by our Active Enforcers during the trial.

Will the quarantined infections be released once my trial is over?

No. Infections within the STOPzilla AntiMalware quarantine will remain in harmless state and useless even after the trial is exhausted.

How does the quarantine work?

If STOPzilla AntiMalware detects active malware using the real-time protection functionality, the file in question is altered by STOPzilla AntiMalware to render it useless and safe. This altered file is moved into the quarantine folder and encrypted. If a safe file was mistakenly quarantined, known as a false positive in the security industry, then the user has the ability to restore that file back to its original state. After 30 days STOPzilla AntiMalware will purge the files in quarantine.

How do I know STOPzilla AntiMalware is working?

STOPzilla AntiMalware will protect you from threats in real-time and notify you of any infections as they are detected. If there are any unresolved infections, STOPzilla AntiMalware will notify you when your computer first starts up. You can disable this option but if there are unresolved infections you should really remove them as soon as possible.

STOPzilla AntiMalware is preconfigured to scan your machine on a regular schedule to ensure it remains as clean as possible. On the server side, our automated systems are constantly collecting and analyzing new malware samples. We send our researchers home at night but our research systems never sleep. New infections spread quickly and we always want to ensure that our customers are protected as quickly as possible.

How often does STOPzilla AntiMalware push out definition updates?

The research team strives to release new definitions several times a day, sometimes multitple times within an hour. It all depends on the malware findings that day. The more we discover, the more we update.

How often does STOPzilla AntiMalware release application upgrades?

Historically, STOPzilla AntiMalware releases a binary upgrade approximately every two months. An upgrade could comprise of new malware fighting technology, application bug fixes, and new features. There is no additional charge for new upgrades during your subscription.

How do I know the detected infections are really malicious and are not fake results?

Given the current threat landscape, this is a completely fair and legitimate question. Fake or "rogue" security programs are one of the most prevalent types of malware being distributed on the internet. These programs masquerade as legitimate security products but instead of providing real protection, they simply flag any and all programs on your machine as a threat and hold your computer for ransom until you give them your credit card number.

STOPzilla AntiMalware is not a fake security program. We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and have received several awards and recognitions over the years. We have been in the business of fighting online threats since 2002 and are obsessively dedicated to protecting our loyal customer base to the best of our ability.

However, false positives are a byproduct of the industry we are in. We try to update our definitions as quickly as possible to ensure the best protection and sometimes a legitimate file may be targeted in error. It is never an attempt to maliciously fake an infection. We have uploaded thousands and thousands of legitimate programs into our research system to prevent this from happening.

If you feel STOPzilla AntiMalware has flagged a file in error, we want to know about it. Please submit a report our research department with the details and we will address it as soon as possible.

Will STOPzilla AntiMalware collect and transmit information about my computer?

The STOPzilla Safety Network collects and transmits certain scenarios where malware is impacting STOPzilla performance. It also records any circumstances where STOPzilla failed to operate properly. This debugging recording helps ensure quality and performance. Learn more about the STOPzilla Safety Network here.

Do I have complete control of STOPzilla AntiMalware?

STOPzilla AntiMalware is fully customizable and is in your complete control. STOPzilla AntiMalware gives you the ability to determine how and when it should run. You can toggle between settings, set scheduled scans and alter STOPzilla AntiMalware's scan locations very easily plus much more. Use STOPzilla AntiMalware's functionality at your complete discretion and consent.

Why is STOPzilla AntiMalware a subscription program?

Fighting malware on a daily basis requires a tremendous amount of infrastructure and human resources. Tens of thousands of lines of new malicious code are released on the web on a daily basis. It is our job to discover and protect our subscribers from these new threats. STOPzilla has made significant investments to develop state-of-the-art malware research and analysis tools. In addition, our dedicated research staff is loaded with extremely talented individuals who have devoted their careers to the fight against malware.

This dedication and investment allows STOPzilla to constantly update the application on almost daily basis. Our staff pushes out targets constantly ensuring that with STOPzilla AntiMalware installed; you are always protected from the latest threats.

What is the Auto Renewal Program?

STOPzilla's Auto Renewal Program is a service designed for your convenience that ensures your computer protection is always active, up-to-date and will never lapse or expire. When this program is active on your account, STOPzilla will automatically renew your subscription and charge the credit card on file. Learn More about STOPzilla's Auto Renewal Program here.

How do I cancel STOPzilla AntiMalware and get a refund?

Simply contact STOPzilla and speak to a representative. Once the representative verifies your account, your full refund will be returned via your original payment option. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for the refund to show on your credit card account. Please note that the amount of time it takes for the credit to appear in your account is determined by the credit card company, not STOPzilla. STOPzilla will immediately process the refund on our end once we receive the request.