How to remove Play-bar.net Browser Hijacker
What is Play-bar.net:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Usually, Play-bar.net comes packed with some other free software and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Play-bar.net hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars (a.k.a. bad toolbars), various popular freeware or shareware software products, downloading infected e-mail attachments, clicking compromised ads or web banners etc..
Often the victims are reporting that the Play-bar.net sometimes could fill up almost your entire desktop screen with many irritating and unwanted sponsored ads, which on the other hand may currently spreading another malicious software product. The Play-bar.net browser hijacker will start monitoring almost immediately your online browsing activity by looking and decoding your entire web browsing history – web searches, location history, email accounts, financial information, tracking cookies, browsing history, session ids and even usernames and password information. According to the T&C of the search engine, the collected information may be sold or shared with 3rd party companies and you agree on that! Later, of course, they will sell it to another 3rd party company, that will use your private data for their own marketing purposes! That is the reason this malware infection should not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online identity.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Play-bar.net Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Play-bar.net and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
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Manual Play-bar.net Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Play-bar.net browser hijacker manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your computer system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For ALL users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Play-bar.net Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs’ List for any entry related to Play-bar.net, Web-start.org, ShowBox Ads, Xmediaserve.com, TheProfitsMaker.net, Dashlane, Ludashi, Playbar.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Search Manager, KMSPico, Cpmofferconvert.com, Searchudak.com, Insightlk.com, 9o0gle.com, Arcade Swim, Esurf.biz, Search.kuklorest.com, SearchPile.com, Play-bar.net for Internet Explorer, Play-bar.net for Firefox, Play-bar.net for Chrome, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars also look for any suspicious or unknown programs installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall/remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Play-bar.net from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then start it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (use copy-paste) and remove the “Chrome” folder, including all the files and sub-folders.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, next go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and is going to reset. When it’s completed, a new window will list all the imported information. Click the Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by Play-bar.net in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Play-bar.net might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Play-bar.net`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Play-bar.net uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to Play-bar.net by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named Play-bar.net in: