Play Audio adware (virus) - Free Guide

Play Audio adware Removal Guide

What is Play Audio adware?

Play Audio is a browser plugin created by crooks that generates ads and causes redirects

Play Audio adwareBogus browser extensions generate revenue through ads

A browser extension called Play Audio has been circulating, claiming to improve the audio experience while browsing. Recent discoveries, however, indicate that Play Audio is actually adware[1] that poses significant risks to users' devices and privacy.

Adware, also known as advertising-supported software, is software that is designed to display advertisements on websites and interfaces. Play Audio follows this pattern by running intrusive ad campaigns that, when clicked, can initiate hidden downloads and installations. These actions have the potential to infect systems and spread malware.

In addition to its intrusive advertisements, Play Audio collects personal information through data-tracking features. This includes URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries, personal information, and financial information. This data can then be sold to third parties or used for financial gain.

NAME Play Audio
TYPE Adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-ups and other types of advertisements start appearing on the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Links embedded in the ads might lead to dangerous websites
ELIMINATION Eliminate the extension through your browser settings; scanning the machine with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego to get rid of any remaining damage and to optimize the machine

Tips: stay safe online

Play Audio poses serious risks to devices, including system infections, serious privacy concerns, financial losses, and identity theft. Users must exercise caution while browsing and remove any suspicious applications or browser extensions as soon as they encounter intrusive advertisements or redirects. Individuals should take the following precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of adware:

  • Download software only from reputable sources: Software should only be obtained from reputable and verified sources, such as official app stores or the manufacturer's website. Avoid downloading software from untrustworthy sources such as freeware sites or peer-to-peer sharing networks, which increase the possibility of unintentionally acquiring bundled content that can compromise your device.
  • Exercise caution during installation: Take the time to carefully read the terms and explore available options when installing software. Utilize the “Custom” or “Advanced” settings, enabling you to decline additional apps, extensions, tools, and features. Skipping steps or opting for “Easy” or “Express” settings may lead to undesired installations, including adware.
  • Maintain vigilance while browsing: Be mindful when using the internet, as fraudulent and malicious content frequently masquerades as legitimate. Ads that appear to be harmless can lead you to questionable websites such as gambling, or adult dating sites.
  • Regularly update software: Keep your software and browser up-to-date to enhance protection against adware and other cybersecurity threats. Regular updates often include security patches and bug fixes that fortify your device's security.

Remove Play Audio adware

Play Audio adware can be removed by going to the browser settings and looking at the extension list. We recommend removing plugins one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox


  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Protect your privacy

Almost every website and web application in today's online world requires users to accept cookies.[2] These prompts can be distracting and obstructive, blocking the view and causing frustration. As a result, many people click “Accept” quickly to proceed without thinking about the consequences. However, it is critical to be aware that if you have unknowingly encountered pop-up spam, you may have visited questionable sites that are still tracking your browsing activity.

Cookies can store a variety of data, such as information about the websites you visit, links you click, search queries, and even your online purchases. This information may be sold to advertising networks or other third parties, putting your privacy at risk. That is why it is critical to clear your cookies and cache on a regular basis.

We recommend using FortectIntego, a dependable repair tool, to simplify this process and improve your browsing experience. It can clear your browser's cookies and cache automatically, freeing up valuable storage space. It can also repair any corrupted files and system errors that may be affecting your device's performance. By using the tool, you can improve your browsing privacy and have a more enjoyable, efficient online experience.

Scan your system with anti-malware tools

If you completed all the previous steps but you still experience unwanted symptoms, you should check your system for other PUAs. We suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP (potentially unwanted program)[3] can make any changes.

Manual removal of PUAs can sometimes result in the renewal of the infection as users often fail to eliminate all the related files and entries. Besides, crooks often disguise them as “handy” tools so it can be difficult to identify them. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.


  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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