Fastplayz “Virus” Removal (Oct. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Fastplayz “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

This article is a short, yet detailed resume of the characteristics and effects of Fastplayz “Virus”. Generally, this program falls into the browser hijacker software category. Provided that this common name is not familiar to you, it means that this piece of software is normally classified as a typical hijacker program which is mainly able to do the things in the following list:

  • Get into your system in quite a confusing and tricky way. Despite that, such a piece may only influence your browsers, even the most common ones such as Firefox, Explorer, Opera and Chrome;
  • The manner in which such a hijacker might affect your browser apps is by modifying them in several ways. They might start generating an unusually big number of unwanted pop-ups each time you try to load a web page. The usual homepages/search engines could get replaced by new, unfamiliar ones. While you are browsing, some strange redirecting processes could take place.

In short, these are the traits of any browser hijacker. For more elaborate ones, please, continue reading the passages below. 

Fastplayz “Virus”

Is Fastplayz “Virus” indeed able to ‘hijack’ your PC?

Even though this program may cause some annoying redirecting, and some even more bothersome banner and pop-up ad campaigns, it is considered harmless and has been designed for conducting some successful advertising campaigns of different goods, apps, programs and/or web pages. In fact, its developers may earn huge profits from the people who need to promote a product (or a service) online, and need such software to help them. Moreover, no hijacker could EVER access anything on your device, apart from the browsers and their history records. No other components of your system are available to such programs and, therefore, these programs can’t damage your PC in any way.

Fastplayz “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automaticallyIf it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Fastplayz “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Fastplayz “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Fastplayz “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

Could browser hijackers at times act in a rather suspicious way?

As we have already explained to you in the text above, no damage or hazardous activities may ever happen because of the presence of a browser hijacker on your computer. Nonetheless, some of the ways in which it functions might be seen as somehow suspicious. For instance, in case Fastplayz “Virus” gets access to your browser apps history, it could base its new promotion campaigns and redirection processes on the data about your most current searches and supposed interests. This is neither illegal, nor is it dangerous. Nonetheless, some users could indeed regard it as more intrusive than they can tolerate. Furthermore, most hijackers might be spread in quite a tricky way. Of course, none of the affected users will ever agree to the implementation of the installation of such an irritating program. As a result, the hijacker-makers need to be full of ideas and creativity for spreading their annoying programs in a legitimate way. This means of transporting software is all about tricking the victim user into unknowingly allowing such a hijacker to get installed.

Typically, such a manner of fooling people into installing software such as Fastplayz “Virus” might be successfully conducted by mixing hijackers with new unpopular games/apps, and in the process assembling the so-called program bundles. Later on, such a software bundle is made accessible for all users online for free, which leads to many of them downloading such a mix. However, in the general case, downloading a bundle does not really mean infecting any device with a browser hijacker. In spite of that, choosing the wrong installation feature may lead to contamination. The installer wizard methods which tend to end with infections are: the “Default”; “Automatic”; “Easy” or the „Recommended” ones. All of them must always be ignored to ensure that no ad-broadcasting program gets installed on your computer together with the other, generally useful, software versions. What’s most important- make sure that you select one of the appropriate wizard options: the CUSTOM or the ADVANCED. In such a way you will be able to control the whole installation process and manually select what enters your PC and what stays outside.

What makes us positive that Fastplayz “Virus” is not a form of malicious program?

We can for sure say that you are not dealing with a virus, since most malware forms show some distinctive hazardous traits. To be more precise, you are currently dealing with a program, which is often seen as potentially unwanted, but substantially differs from the popular virus versions (such as Trojans and Ransomware mainly). Any Trojan or Ransomware version is normally able to install itself on your computer and then access your system. Bearing even these small details in mind, it can be logically concluded that Fastplayz “Virus” in no way resembles any known virus, as it doesn’t self-install and doesn’t get access to your entire computer.

The steps in the Removal Guide are carefully prepared to achieve the purpose of removing Fastplayz “Virus”.

SUMMARY:

Name Fastplayz
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Such a program  normally causes some changes to your browsers- new homepages displayed, redirection taking place and ad production invoked.
Distribution Method Via spam, torrents, shareware and particularly – free program bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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