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Get rid of WinZip popups

April 26, 2021

There’s a special place in hell reserved for software developers that set things to run behind the scenes that pop up to annoy users. I’m looking at you, WinZip! Ever since I installed my current—paid for—version of WinZip Pro (version 24) , it’s bombarded me with advertising and promotional popups several times a day, even if I’m right in the middle of work. Not only is it intrusive, but it’s unwanted and unwarranted for someone who has paid for a professional licence. And there’s nowhere in the interface settings where I could find anything that would turn off these popups and notifications. Today I snapped and decided to find out how to turn them off for good (or at least until I buy the next version of WinZip).

Because WinZip has no setting for this [grrrr!], you have to go into Windows task scheduler and turn it off there. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Run window (click the Start button and type Run, or press Windows key + R).
  2. Type compmgmt.msc
  3. On the left of the Computer Management window, expand System Tools > Task Scheduler, then select Task Scheduler Library.
  4. In the top panel, scroll down to the end of the list until you find the WinZip Update Notifier entries (I had three). Each is set to update and notify at certain times of the day.
  5. Select any or all of the WinZip Update Notifier entries.
  6. In the lower right panel, click Delete.
  7. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  8. Close the Computer Management window.

With luck, you shouldn’t get any further popup notifications from WinZip.

And WinZip, if you’re listening, either get rid of these things altogether for licensed Pro users and/or give the user a simple way to turn the damned things off!

7 comments

  1. Super cheeky to have popups on professional versions of software that you pay for. Thanks for the tip!


  2. Many thanks for this tip. I had exactly the same problem with WinZip.


  3. Had the same problem with CorelDRAW8 & Windows 7Pro last year
    The procedure you have outlined worked as there were 3 CorelDRAW8 listings. (WinZip is Corel Corp)
    Now have Windows 10Pro & WinZip 23.0 Pro
    Just checked the Task Scheduler Library and there are NO WinZip or Corel listings.
    Any other suggestions are appreciated as this popup will continue.
    Thanks


  4. Thanks so much. Winzip is a good program but this feature makes it act like Spam. Thxs for the assist.


  5. THANK YOU!!! I love people like you who take the time to share their knowledge and so well written. I had 3 that were occurring every day!


  6. Excellent, couldn’t agree more with your take on this practice. Discourages future use (and purchases) of the product.


  7. Thanks for this info. WinZip was making me crazy!!



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