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My prefix wants something gone,

My suffix that is now turned on!

My infix is a well known zone,

I am something that is unknown!

Hint:

The last line is part of the riddle.

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I think you might be

a question?

My prefix wants something gone,

A quest to rid the world of ... something ..... or (see comments) to find ... something

My suffix that is now turned on!

An ion is charged -> turned on!

My infix is a well known zone,

EST -> Eastern Standard Time (thanks to Mazurka Fahr for the UTC example)

I am something that is unknown!

We ask questions about things that are unknown!

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! There's one thing to change in your explanation though: rot13(Gur qrsvavgvba bs dhrfg vf "n ybat be neqhbhf frnepu sbe fbzrguvat". Lbh tb ba n dhrfg orpnhfr lbh jnag gb svaq fbzrguvat gung vf tbar.) $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries Hfr bs gur jbeq "Tbar" yvxr gung vzcyvrf vg jnf fbzrguvat gung jnf gurer orsber, ohg ab ybatre vf... $\endgroup$ – Weckar E. Jul 23 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ Following what Weckar E. wrote, there are at least two possible constructions: rot13('jnagf fbzrguvat gung vf tbar' be 'jnagf fbzrguvat gb or tbar' [v.r. gb or erzbirq]) but both imply movement in time or space. I've updated the answer to address both meanings. $\endgroup$ – user70451 Jul 23 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ Also, the suffix was meant to be rot13("ba") $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 16:06
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Wait, are you

Goo

My prefix wants something gone,

Go!

My suffix that is now turned on!

O, on a power switch, means off. You just toggled it, so it now on (I).

My infix is a well known zone,

O, for Ozone

I am something that is unknown!

I don't even want to know what most goo is...

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting! Not the answer though. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 22 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent answer! $\endgroup$ – Decapitated Soul Jul 22 at 17:19
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I think you might be

x.

My prefix wants something gone,

When you use ex as a prefix, it means you're talking about some former thing which is now gone.

My suffix that is now turned on!

When you use X as a suffix, it can be short for "extra", meaning something special to turn you on.

My infix is a well known zone,

X marks the spot.

I am something that is unknown!

In maths, $x$ is often used for an unknown quantity.

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  • $\begingroup$ Another great answer, but still not the one. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 22 at 18:46
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I think you might be

uninvestigated

My prefix wants something gone,

to uninvest Is to withdraw your stake in something.

My suffix that is now turned on!

gated describes a pathway that can be open or closed, on or off.

My infix is a well known zone,

if something has been investigated it is well known

I am something that is unknown!

uninvestigated is unknown

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice, but not the one. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 12:23
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You might be

Outcome

My prefix wants something gone,

Out!

My suffix that is now turned on!

Me! I am excited to solve this riddle

My infix is a well known zone,

UTC, the time zone

I am something that is unknown!

The answer to this riddle

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer, but not the one. The hint is to let people know the last line is a clue, not a filler. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 12:37
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Another stab in the dark

Hint.

My prefix wants something gone,

Hi, to say hello is to want unacquaintedness to be gone

My suffix that is now turned on!

int. is a an abbreviation of internal, the internal connection between the two parties has turned on after their hello

My infix is a well known zone,

in, inside is a well known place

I am something that is unknown!

hint, the hint is hidden by a spoiler tag

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  • $\begingroup$ Still not it, keep thinking! $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 15:11
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Are you...

Antimatter ?

My prefix wants something gone,

Anti could imply being against something (wanting something gone);

My suffix that is now turned on!

ER (emergency room), turned on due to the current situation with COVID;

My infix is a well known zone,

Matt as in Matt Zone, a well know Ohio city councilman.

I am something that is unknown!

Antimatter is still in its early stages of study and dus, still unknown.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I'm not. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Jul 23 at 15:10

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