Play-bar.net - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Play-bar.net might look like useful tool at first sight, but it is not true. It is listed as a browser hijacker, so if your computer is infected with Play-bar.net, home page and default search engine on your web browsers will be changed to www.play-bar.net. If you have noticed this occurrence on any of your web browsers, your computer is definitely infected and you should take care of that.

There are two most common methods to eliminate malware like Play-bar.net – you can do it either manually or automatically, so it’s completely up to you which removal method to choose.

If you have no previous experience in removing viruses like Play-bar.net we recommend to do it automatically – it’s much easier and less time consuming. All you have to do is to download reliable anti-malware application, such as Reimage, SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your hard drive. It should immediately detect and eliminate the virus. It will also protect your system from similar infections in the future so it’s worth to keep it installed. However, it’s not enough to scan your computer with anti-malware application to completely eliminate Play-bar.net because it won’t remove the virus from your web browsers. That means you have to do it manually – go to your web browser and change both home page and default search engine to completely uninstall Play-bar.net.

In case you prefer to perform this removal manually – scroll down below this article and take a look at our step-by-step Play-bar.net manual removal guide. We have developed it to assist you through this complicated process of virus removal.  Try to complete all steps correctly and you will be able to eliminate Play-bar.net manually by your own.

If you have some questions regarding this topic or removal process feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we will do our best to answer them all. To learn more about specific features about Play-bar.net please continue reading this article.

About Play-bar.net browser hijacker

It looks like legitimate search engine. Even though Play-bar.net uses original search engine of Google search, you should not trust it. This website was made to infect users’ computers and make money this way.

If you use Play-bar.net as your default search engine, you will see a lot of sponsored search results. They are not accurate and not relevant to your search queries, therefore you will waste your time this way. Moreover, if you click on one of those sponsored links, you will be redirected to other websites that might be owned by various cyber criminals, such as hackers or scammers. This way your computer can get infected with other viruses or if you attempt to purchase something there you can even get scammed and lose your hard earned money.

Another unwanted attribute of Play-bar.net is advertisements. If your computer is infected with this malware, you will see various advertisements while browsing the Internet. Those ads can be displayed in all kinds of forms, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text, banner or contextual advertisements. New tab or even window with advertisement on it can be opened on your web browser at any time as well.

Distribution Methods of Play-bar.net virus

Every Internet user is like a walking bag of money in the eyes of crooks. Ventures as Play-bar.net virus are constructed so people would misjudge the situation because they are inadequately informed about the proper ways to avoid malware-laden content. As we have already mentioned, some third-parties master advertising strategies only for one purpose: to distribute content that is capable of pushing your system down the drain. After reacting to a unexpected pop-up, users can be drawn in to a hurricane called “malware”. It will start to spin infected devices out of control, until finally, users will address the necessary issue properly. How else can people get jeopardized by parasites and viruses? Our bet goes on the fact that many people download free applications without concerns about repercussions that might occur in the future. Browser hijackers, adware or other types of pests are built not for hard labour, but for deception. Before downloading free programs, always make sure that the program you want is not spotted to perform unsatisfactorily. Many free applications offer users to install additional programs: pick advanced/custom modes for installers and be certain that no shady-looking software is coming to your device with the selected application.

 
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Automatic Play-bar.net removal tools

 
 
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Manual removal of Play-bar.net virus

How to remove Play-bar.net using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Play-bar.net install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Play-bar.net .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Play-bar.net from your browsers

  Top How To remove Play-bar.net from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Play-bar.net, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Play-bar.net from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Play-bar.net related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Play-bar.net, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Play-bar.net virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Play-bar.net virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Play-bar.net from the list.

How to remove Play-bar.net from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Play-bar.net and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Play-bar.net, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Play-bar.net from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Play-bar.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Play-bar.net from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Play-bar.net and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Play-bar.net, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Play-bar.net, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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About the author

 - Malware researcher

Continuous ads and struggles to browser the Internet due to web-based malware is what really grinds my gears. That’s why my main goal is to fight against malware like adware or web hijackers and provide our readers with efficient solutions in this particular field. Keeping up to date with newest trends in cyber security world is a must nowadays and thus my interest goes way beyond malware infections – IoT security, international cyber wars and hacking outbreaks are under my radar as well.

 
October 12, 2015 05:26, September 26, 2016 04:30
 
   
 

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