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. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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PlaySearchNow Removal

Step1

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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.

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove PlaySearchNow successfully!

Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

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.
Step5

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,
Privacy in Safari

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

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

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

firefox-512 How to Remove PlaySearchNow From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove PlaySearchNow From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon 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.