PlayCenter Home Virus - How To Remove?

-
 0
Type: Browser Hijacker
 

playCenter Home rogue search toolbar is created by a company called PlayMediaCenter Internet site. This is not a respectable search provider as its users will be introduced to sponsored results to search queries. Right before generated links are showed in Search.yahoo.com, users will briefly see Play.eanswers.com URL in the address bar. Furthermore, we noticed some questionable statements in the official Privacy Policy of playCenter Home extension.

During its installation process, users might be required to log into their accounts (Google, Facebook) in order to create a user identifier (Should You Use Facebook or Google to Log In to Other Sites?). For the purpose of personalization, the browser hijacker will collect information about its users: names, email addresses, countries of origin, phone number, geographic details, web usage information, and much more. This gathered data could be exploited for the wrong purposes, and shared with suspicious third-parties. We also observed the fact that this browser hijacker promotes other samples from hijackware, like Myprivatesearch.com.

Suspicious playCenter Home toolbar will act as a browser hijacker

playCenter Home virus

PlayCenter Home malware parasite also describes a very interesting feature: people can sync mobile devices’ address book with a desktop app and thereby answer calls and texts from your computer. While this might seem as a convenient feature, we would not recommended allowing an unknown third-party deal with such a private information as your phone calls and SMS messages.

Just like any browser hijacker, playCenter Home infection will invade your browsers’ preferences and assign its original page as home pages, new tabs and default search providers. The most expected change is the fact that the hijacker will modify new tabs.

If you have accidentally (or voluntarily) installed this bizarre toolbar, you will notice a small piece from the game of chess, representing a black knight. The Chrome extension receives permissions to change content of visited websites, read and modify browser history and change new tab pages. Do not risk being introduced to malicious websites via third-party links and advertisements (How to Avoid Malware).

Since playCenter Home suspicious toolbar can gather information about your location (presumably through your IP address), it can provide third-parties with necessary information to display tailor-suited ads. This means that advertisers will select advertisements that are more appropriate for certain users.

playCenter home hijacker

However, since controllers of playCenter Home browser hijacker do not show any liability for links/ads to outside websites, they might show little interest in their respectability. Therefore, people might be introduced with deceptive content, hoping to trick them into revealing their private information or have them download malicious payloads into operating systems. In the EULA document, the company clearly states that it does not promise “that any defects will be corrected or that the product will be free from viruses, worms, Trojan Horses or other harmful properties”.

Recommendations to keep operating systems clean from malware like playCenter Home parasite

Currently, this playCenter Home possibly unwanted extension is available in Chrome Web Store. However, we do not recommend activating it due to all of the alarming features we enumerated in the article above. If you install the toolbar, your results to search queries will be tainted with additional links. As you might know, clicking on random links is never a good idea as you could automatically install malicious parasites into your operating system.

In addition to this, try to stay away from freeware as much as possible. If you are not careful, you could accidentally install many toolbars, system optimizers and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). During installation processes of freeware, we hope that you will always be prepared to select advanced/custom modes for installations. If you notice that more than one program is going to be activated in your device, please cancel the Setup.

If you feel like your operating system needs to be cleaned properly, we recommend getting a professional anti-malware tool. Reimage or Spyhunter are one of the tools that will adequately protect your system from infections in the future. Run regular scans to check the security status in your device and clean files/programs can pose as a threat to your cybersecurity.



Automatic playCenter Home virus removal tools

 
 
Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Remove playCenter Home virus from your system

How to remove playCenter Home virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus .
    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 playCenter Home virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus , 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.

  Top

How To remove playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus, 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 playCenter Home virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus from the list.

How to remove playCenter Home virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus, 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 playCenter Home virus 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, playCenter Home virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus 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 playCenter Home virus, 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.

     
 

About the author

 - Main Editor

I have started 2-viruses.com in 2007 after wanting to be more or less independent from single security program maker. Since then, we kept working on this site to make internet better and safer place to use.

 
December 6, 2017 04:15, December 6, 2017 04:15
   
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *