Player Location Check Mac


Player Location Check

Player Location Check is a browser hijacker that replaces the homepage of Mac browsers without being authorized. Player Location Check is also known for causing page-redirects and for making other unwanted changes in the browser such as replacing the search engine and adding new toolbar buttons.

Player Location Check Mac

Player Location Check on Mac

You are about to read about an issue called Player Location Check “Virus”. This website has been marked as an ad-producing and one that may simply serve the purpose of showing too many pop-ups on your screen; redirecting you to different web pages and setting unknown homepages and search engines to your browsers as well. It falls into the family called browser hijackers. Another typical feature of all the hijackers we are aware of is to target all the browser apps installed into your system (Safari,Chrome, Firefox) and modify them in the ways we have described. Some more info about this exact program and the group it belongs is shared in the passages below.

Player Location Check on Mac

Player Location Check for Mac is an extension for Mac browsers that experts categorize as a PUA (potentially unwanted application). Player Location Check is reported to tamper with the settings of the affected browser, making changes that might potentially make the whole system more vulnerable to malware attacks.

All programs considered to be browser hijackers have been designed to function as marketing tools. Really, these ad-producing versions have only one true intention: to broadcast a very big number of pop-up ads, tabs and/or banners; in this way advertising some new or unknown webpages/ homepages or search engines and products of any kind. The individuals who are interested in distributing this software are the producers of the advertised goods; and the programmers behind this sometimes annoying marketing-related software. Usually, the first party involved is the one that pays the second party to design the most effective promotion-oriented programs. A browser hijacker able to display the largest number of pop-ups, and thus cause more redirects is seen as highly effective. Producers of goods and providers of services really believe that in this way some of the promoted products may be purchased by the people who are showered with these ads. Therefore, the producers of the products/services to be advertised and purchased are likely to earn a lot of money. Just as expected, all the parties involved in this ‘pay per click’ business scheme really benefit from it.

What is Player Location Check?

Player Location Check is a malware application that targets Mac browsers with the goal to make changes in them. Player Location Check will install helper elements in the targeted browser that would trigger redirects to different advertising sites, popularizing them, which is the end goal of this malware.

Oftentimes you may find such irritating software on various contagious websites such as video/ movie-sharing web platform and freeware or shareware distributing sites. As a result, if you aren’t careful and don’t pay attention to the content you interact with, you might end up downloading a browser hijacker or similar program that may have been lurking there. Nevertheless, it is most common for programs such as Player Location Check to come from the inside of software bundles. These are free software combos that are often spread on the Internet, and could include games, programs, apps, Adware and/ or hijackers. To be more precise, there is nothing to worry because of these sets of software. Still, the ad-generating programs inside them might make you rather suspicious.

There’s also another thing to keep in mind. Such bundles could also contain some really fascinating programs and apps, and you can use them for free, without having to get infected by the browser hijacker or other added program inside. Simply follow this advice: no matter what you install on your computer, try to select the Advanced {or the Custom} installer feature. By doing so, every detail about the bundle is going to be displayed and you are definitely going to see which programs and/or features exactly you want, and thus install only them.

The PlayerLocationCheck App

The PlayerLocationCheck app is an obtrusive browser hijacker that gets installed inside Mac browsers. The PlayerLocationCheck app makes changes in the targeted browser, focusing on the homepage address and the search engine. Some of those changes may expose your Mac to danger.

In spite of the common misconception, no browser hijacker is really hazardous in itself. Because of their oftentimes suspicious features, these programs have been considered ‘potentially unwanted’. They have not been seen as malicious despite that. In general, hijackers do differ from malware-based programs you could catch while surfing the web. For example, Ransomware and Trojans as the most dangerous malware can and are going to hack your device without your informed or uninformed permission; or exploit a program (or a system) weakness to invade your PC. Some of the most dangerous effects which might come as a result of Trojans or Ransomware include data destruction, encryption or modification. Luckily, no hijacker, including Player Location Check, has ever been able to do anything like that.

The process of removing Player Location Check “Virus” once and for all:

Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article, where we have included our special Removal Guide. Then simply strictly follow the instructions there in order to fully get rid of this irritating hijacker. We wish you luck!


Name Player Location Check
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Symptoms such as changes in the browser settings and unpleasant generation of pesky ads are the most prominent.
Distribution Method Spam letters, file bundles, clickbait pop-ups, etc.
Detection Tool

Uninstall Player Location Check from Mac

Player Location Check Mac

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Player Location Check Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Player Location Check Mac

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

Player Location Check Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Player Location Check Mac

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Player Location Check Mac

The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Player Location Check Mac

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Player Location Check Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Player Location Check Mac

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Player Location Check Mac

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Player Location Check Mac

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

Player Location Check Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Player Location Check Mac

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Player Location Check Mac How to Remove Player Location Check From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Player Location Check Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Player Location Check Mac

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Player Location Check MacHow to Remove Player Location Check From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Player Location Check Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Player Location Check Mac.

Player Location Check Mac

 Click Player Location Check Mac again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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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