This article aims to help users uninstall PlayThru Player from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. In many cases PlayThru Player won’t uninstall, which is the reason we developed this article.
What Is PlayThru Player?
PlayThru Player can be classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that shares a disturbing amount of similarities to an Adware virus. Just like one it will create advertisements (Ads) and it will keep harassing you until you remove it. These Ads can come in quite a few different forms – including, but not limited to pop-up windows, banners, new pages loaded with Ads and on rare occasions random words from texts you read will be transformed into hyperlinks.
The Ads created by PlayThru Player very often advertise things which you have recently searched for and in shops you frequently visit. This pattern of behavior is very worrying, because it generally means PlayThru Player is able to scan your computer’s browsing history and recent search queries. Adware viruses are also capable of sending that data back home, including whatever else they can grab for your computer – it could be even log-in details, passwords and other private data.
Some things to be aware of until you delete PlayThru Player
It is important to avoid any interaction with PlayThru Player – especially anything that involves downloading programs or other executable files installing them. PlayThru Player has been known to try and install viruses in such a manner. They will usually be hidden in infected executable files, which in turn will be presented as free or with lengthy free trial in order to entice you. PlayThru Player is also capable of generating different fake messages about non-existent problems with your computer. Along those messages PlayThru Player will also recommend a program that can repair them. Even if that program is not actually a virus it will be at least bloatware and will try to scam you. Such programs often perform “free” scans that report bogus errors and then require you to purchase the program before it can fix them.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove PlayThru Player from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove PlayThru Player from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
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Before you start the removal process you need to be aware that PlayThru Player may need to be removed with a different set of instructions for different PCs. The reason for this is because people who write malware usually tweak and improve it over time even after release. This results in multiple versions of the whole virus coexisting around the web – they all function the same, but may require different actions to be removed.
As of time of writing this article is capable of removing all known versions of PlayThru Player, but this also means some steps might not be strictly necessary for every infected computer. If at any point you come across a step that does not produce PlayThru Player listed for removal as described you shouldn’t worry about it and just proceed to the next step.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
PlayThru Player has most likely infected all internet browsers currently installed on your PC. To clean them you will have to run Step 2&3 for every browser you have. Don’t forget that this also includes browsers that are still installed, but you might no longer be using like Internet Explorer is for everyone who is not using it as default browser.
Also it’s worth noting that PlayThru Player can try and create some messages while you try to remove it that suggest other program installations or that you log-in on a certain site to perform surveys for a reward. This is just another scam by PlayThru Player that aims to install malware viruses on your computer. Don’t allow it to install anything and you should be fine.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find PlayThru Player . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
PlayThru Player should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for PlayThru Player and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Next we have the most difficult and dangerous step of our guide, but also one that is mandatory if you want to make sure PlayThru Player is permanently deleted. Read and perform everything carefully, because doing this wrong can damage your OS or other programs significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional PlayThru Player remover program we recommend. Note that since you have PlayThru Player you could also have other virus that target accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information. These are very hard to find manually and an automated scan is your only effective method of finding and deleting them before they manage to screw you.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.