Playspotz “Virus” Removal (Oct. 2017 Update)

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

This article describes in details a really annoying program called Playspotz “Virus”. The existence of this browser hijacker in your system might result in the whole modification of the appearances of all your browsers and the ways in which they behave. Among the potential effects of this program may be some unwanted redirecting to different websites; some continuous and sometimes even intensive broadcasting of pop-up and other ads, whatever browser you open – Chrome, Firefox, or Explorer. Another quite irritating consequence of most browser hijackers is the unwarranted substitution of your default browser app homepage and/or search engine. If you want to know more about this type of software – browser hijackers, you can read the next few paragraphs.

While we are talking about hijackers, we have to to underline that such programs could only contaminate your browser apps. Another thing is that they have really nothing to do with viruses. Normally, the way they behave is connected to the fact that they are marketing tools. This could explain every change they might make because their developers have signed contracts that promise them bountiful payments in exchange for the promotion of particular websites; search engines or homepages; goods or services. Software like this is legal and could easily be characterized as the ad-producing kind like Adware.

What makes Playspotz “Virus” different from any famous version of malware (Trojans and Ransomware)

Your typical versions of malware such as the ones that are based on Trojans or Ransomware are able to do something really deleterious right after they have infected your computer. For example, the Ransomware ones could encrypt data; and the Trojans might ruin files or format all your disks and drives. However, you could not expect anything like that from Playspotz “Virus”. Sometimes it may review your last search requests in order to adjust the production of ads to your supposed interests and searches. A trait like this could be rather annoying. Despite that fact a review like it could potentially be beneficial to you. If this hijacker starts to display advertisements that are based on your interests, automatically you might get the best offers. However, a lot of users think that such activities are too annoying and for that reason hijackers are usually considered unwanted by lots of experts.

Playspotz “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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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.

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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 Playspotz “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 Playspotz “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Playspotz “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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

How you are most likely to end up infected by hijackers like Playspotz “Virus”

Even though you could find ad-generating practically anywhere on the Internet, you are going to experience an infection like this one if you download and install any free program bundle on the Internet. Now let’s first explain what a bundle is – in a few words, just lots of different programs that are mixed and spread together. Every bundle could contain games, apps, Adware-like products, browser hijackers and other types of software. Just be sure that you understood that if you get such a free bundle that’s not what really causes an infection. It’s bad when you install such software mixtures improperly.

What are the “good” installation options? What are the ones considered to be“bad” choices?

Right after the installation wizard pops up, you will be shown the available installation options. Always search for the Advanced/ Custom or Customized one from the list. Try to avoid all other installation features, like those titled Brief; Typical; Default; Automatic; Quick or similar. They are not recommended if you want to avoid ad-broadcasting programs. And after the above-mentioned way of incorporating any program that you want to try you can try applying these few steps that could lower the risks of catching Playspotz “Virus”:

  1. If you want to be safe, stay away from all the other potential sources of hijackers, including torrents; shareware and spam. Also, avoid add-ons and enabling browser extensions.
  1. Be sure that your OS functions okay and is updated regularly.
  1. You must install a good quality anti-virus program. If you don’t have one, be sure to buy one. They are extremely useful tools and can warn you about potential threats.
  1. Check your Firewall. See whether it is switched on. Again be sure that you update it on a regular basis and keep it on.
  1. Just take your browsing activities seriously. Be careful with the addresses you go to and the content you come into contact with.

Follow the steps inside our Removal Guide if you need to eliminate the ongoing infection with Playspotz “Virus”. It ought to help you accomplish your aim.

SUMMARY:

Name Playspotz
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browsers modifications including ad generation, new search engines/ homepages, some redirection possible.
Distribution Method Inside bundles in the general case, but could be found in torrents and various forms of spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.