What is Playsearchnow? (How to Uninstall) Mac/Win

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This page aims to help you remove Playsearchnow for free. These Playsearchnow.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Macintosh.

If you have just opened your Chrome or Safari browser to notice that your homepage has been changed, your searches get redirected and the screen gets covered with banners, pop-ups, new tabs, blinking boxes and links, you should know that these changes have been incorporated by a program known as Playsearchnow. This is a browser hijacker, one of the many, and in case you are heavily disturbed by its activity, here we are going to help you remove it completely from your computer. The removal guide below is made to help you detect all the browser hijacker related files and manually delete them. But before that, we suggest you read the information you will find below. It will give you a better clue about the program you are facing and the possible ways to prevent getting it in the future. 

Playsearchnow Browser Redirect

Playsearchnow Browser Redirect

What is Playsearchnow?

Despite the annoying activity a program like Playsearchnow can engage in on your computer, it is not considered a virus. Many users may wrongly refer to it as a malicious infection, mainly due to the disturbance that the strange ads and undesired browser changes cause them, however, it does not fall into that category. A virus or malware (like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.) is a piece of software that is specially programmed to cause harm to your PC, which is definitely not the purpose of a program like Playsearchnow. According to security specialists, Playsearchnow falls in the category of browser hijackers. These are pieces of software that contain a non-malicious programming code, which is developed to display a huge amount of advertisements on the user’s screen and redirect them to sponsored promotional web pages. They cannot cause system damage or file corruption the way that Ransomware or a Trojan could, that’s why there is no need to stress about this if you find one on your system.

The potentially unwanted activities…

However, there are some potentially unwanted side effects from the as-generating activity of such programs, which may still encourage you to think about removing them, especially in case your normal browsing activity is being heavily interrupted. And since you have a browser hijacker on your system, you have probably experienced some of the rather irritating consequences – a changed homepage, a new search engine on your Chrome or Safari browser (although it may affect any other browser), a constant pop-ups flow on your screen and strange page redirects that prevent you from browsing the web normally. Another rather shady thing is the so-called “traffic data” collection. Browser hijackers are programmed to track users’ browsing history, their bookmarks, and favorite pages and even their social media shares and likes. This is done with the idea to display more relevant advertisements, pop-ups, and banners, which correspond to the users’ interests, and increase the chance of clicking on the ads. However, many users may feel frustrated with these activities and may wish to stop them. But there is no quick option to disable the ads. That’s why the only possible way to eliminate the disturbance is to completely uninstall the browser hijacker.

Clicking on the ads may expose you to security risks

Every user with some general knowledge about web security knows that clicking on ads and randomly generated pop-ups or redirected web pages may be a waste of time and may even hide security risks. What we mean here is that you may willingly or by chance click on such content and be directed to a web location that may eventually turn out to be totally useless. Such are usually the Pay-Per-Click sites, where most of your searches get redirected to. They help the browser hijacker creators generate revenue from the clicks on the displayed ads. They are totally harmless, but they may have no actual value for you as a user and may only waste your time in useless ads and undesired messages.

If you’re unlucky, however, you may end up on some insecure website with compromised content, illegal web pages or even worse – an infection like a virus or malware. That’s why we would advise you, for your own safety, to avoid interacting with the ads on your screen as much as possible. It is a good idea also to avoid any content that appears sketchy, potentially unwanted or as spam. In case you download and install software from download platforms, especially if you are getting it for free, we encourage you to always pay attention to the options in the installation wizard. Browser hijackers are often distributed in software bundles that come along with other programs you install and this is the most probable way you may get Playsearchnow on your PC. In order to be in control of the installation process, go for the custom/advanced option and manually unselect every program that seems unfamiliar or you don’t intend to install. This will save you a lot of disturbance dealing with potentially unwanted programs in the future, because uninstalling them takes a bit more effort than unselecting a simple checkbox. And since you have already installed Playsearchnow on your PC, now you may need to follow the instructions in the removal guide below to successfully remove this program.

SUMMARY:

Name Playsearchnow
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Undesired changes take place in your browser, your searches get redirected and excessive amounts of ads cover your screen.
Distribution Method  It is often distributed in software bundles, through installation managers, download platforms, torrents, spam emails. 
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How to Uninstall Playsearchnow


 

If you are using Mac OS, please follow this 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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Playsearchnow may have hidden some of its files.

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.

Step3

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.

DNS

Step4

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 Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Playsearchnow 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 Playsearchnow from Firefox:

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

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

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.

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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step6

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 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

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