Play.nbryb Virus


Play.nbryb is a malware app responsible for unwanted changes in the browser and sudden page-redirects to different sites. Play.nbryb is recognized as a browser hijacker and it targets browsers for Windows computers such as Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, changing their toolbar and homepage settings.


The Play.nbryb virus

Another thing this app is known for doing is replacing the search engine of the targeted browser in order to help promote some sites through its own custom search engine that it adds to the browser. The new search engine might modify the results of the user’s searches in order to push the sites of its partners and drive more traffic to them. Another way of doing this is by changing the browser’s starting page to the homepage of one of those sites. This means that the user would automatically be boosting the traffic to this site by simply opening their browser, as that would result in a visit to the promoted site.

The Play.nbryb Virus

Another technique that hijackers like the Play.nbryb virus employ in order to draw more traffic to their partners’ sites is the so-called page redirects. Many hijackers like the Play.nbryb virus aggressively spam the user’s screen with redirect links disguised as interesting offers and ads and they also forcefully open new tabs or redirect the current one to the sites they are supposed to promote.

These activities, combined with the unwelcome changes in the browser are bound to make most users feel annoyed and frustrated, which, in and of itself, is enough reason for most people to consider uninstalling the hijacker.

There, however, is an even bigger reason why you may want to remove Play.nbryb or from your browser and computer and that is the increased risk of landing malicious threats like Trojans, Spyware, Worms, or Ransomware. Play.nbryb isn’t a harmful app by itself and its goal has nothing to do with causing damage to your computer or messing with your important files. However, since it always tries to get you redirected to as many of its partnering sites and get you to click on as many of its ads as possible, this greatly increases the risk of getting rerouted to a page that has hazardous contents. It might be a phishing page disguised as a legitimate site or some illegal web address that distributes pirated software that may carry Viruses, Ransomware, or Trojan horses. All things considered, the risk of keeping a hijacker on your PC is simply not worth it, especially considering the fact that the app itself is unlikely to improve your browsing experience in any meaningful way.

Removing Play.nbryb

There are different ways you can get rid of a hijacker like this one and below we will show you two of them: a removal guide with instructions on how to manually find the hijacker on your computer and remove it and a tested and reliable anti-malware tool that can automatically take care of this unwanted app for you. Our advice for you is to use either one of these removal options or both of them combined and uninstall the invasive hijacker at the earliest opportunity.


Name Play.nbryb
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms typically associated with browser hijackers are related to some unwanted changes in the browser’s homepage or search engine service. 
Distribution Method File-bundling is the preferred method for spreading apps like Play.nbryb.
Detection Tool

Remove Play.nbryb Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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).



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. 


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. 


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


    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:


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


    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 automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



    • 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).


    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Play.nbryb 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 Play.nbryb from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Play.nbryb 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.


    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!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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