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Remove play-bar-search.com (Removal Instructions) - Oct 2016 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Is my computer infected with play-bar-search.com virus?

If Play-bar-search.com virus has been showing up on your web browser, you are hijacked. Technically, it is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program which is very similar to play-bar.net. Each of these questionable search engines seeks to push PC users into thinking that it is a legitimate and trustworthy search engine that can be used instead of Google, Bing, Yahoo or other reputable search provider. However, you should not expect trustworthy search results from this questionable search engine which seeks to redirect its users to sponsored domains and earn the money. This search provider belongs to a well known developer called Imali Media. It has already launched tends of similar PUPs that have been actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware as optional components. We highly recommend avoiding Search.socialnewpagessearch.com, Searchnewtabtv.com, Search.searchinvietnam.com and similar hijackers that belong to the same developer. If you have been bothered by any of these suspicious search engines, you need to remove Play-bar-search.com with its components with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other reliable security software. Otherwise, you can expect running into various problems caused by this redirect virus.

Relevant search results and fast surfing are the main promises that are promised by this search engine. Nevertheless, before installing it on your computer, you should know that it has already been labeled as a browser hijacker. As soon as it infiltrates the system, it modifies its settings so that it could start its work as soon as victim reboots the affected computer. It starts working by launching its cookies and tracking its victim for some time. According to the developer of this hijacker, it collects only non-personal information. However, it fails to inform what third parties are capable of using it for their own needs. We believe that this is the first reason why should you think about Play-bar-search.com removal. Secondly, before you let this suspicious search engine stay on your computer, you should know about the redirect issue that it causes right after it collects needed amount of information about user’s search habits. Play-bar-search.com redirect activity is initiated by showing altered search results and filling them with different pop-up ads. If you don’t want to end up on a questionable website, make sure that you stay away from this search engine. Finally, keep in mind that such search engines have been actively used for promoting tech support and similar services that can lead you to the money loss and additional problems on your computer. To stay safe, you should avoid Imali Media products.

The example of play-bar-search.com ads

Why does this search engine function?

Questions about play-bar-search.com

As we have already mentioned, the main reason why its developers seek to initiate  redirect is a need to earn the money. In most of the cases, they display altered search results and trick people into visiting third-party websites that are trying to increase their popularity. In exchange for that, these parties pay the money. The main issue with play-bar-search.com hijack is that you can never know what website you will be redirected to. Also, you may find serious issues while trying to get rid of this search engine. As a rule, changing browser’s settings back to normal brings no results as “browser helper objects” that travel along with this application are used for leading people to inability to reset these settings. Speaking of further dangers, you should know that play-bar-search.com virus may also collect IP addresses, visited website URLs, search queries, geographical location, platform type. This ability is not revealed clearly to PC users by its developers.

Where did this browser hijacker come from?

Most frequently, the virus spreads through “bundling ” – prevalent marketing method. This method relies on freeware, such as PDF creators, photo or audio editing tools, download managers, movie players, etc. Beware that play-bar-search.com virus may be attached to the software you are about to install. The attachment can be hidden behind “Basic” or “Quick” installation options, so you should avoid them. Being aware of this trick, you should select Advanced installation option only and uncheck all check marks claiming that you want to change your star page or the default search engine. If you need help with play-bar-search.com removal, jump to the next page.

How can I get rid of play-bar-search.com virus?

To sum up, whether you are an experienced or freshly-made Internet user, you should try to stay away from questionable search engines that are presented as alternatives to the well-known ones (Google, Bing, etc.). In fact, hundreds of websites should be avoided because they are considered suspicious. The most common feature of browser hijackers is the tendency to hijack people’s browsers and modify their default settings.

If you are infected with play-bar-search.com virus, you have two options that can help you to get rid of it. The first option leading to the elimination of this PUP is a manual removal method. In this case, you should follow a detailed play-bar-search.com removal guide which is given below. However, keep in mind that this process requires time and thoroughness. To prevent problems that may reappear after removing it, we recommend you to remove play-bar-search.com with the help of updated anti-spyware. It will detect and remove the hijacker and all possible malware left in your system. Update the software regularly and you can be sure that your computer stays safe in the future as well.

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To remove play-bar-search.com, follow these steps:

Erase play-bar-search.com from Windows systems

To remove play-bar-search.com from the system and avoid its reappearance in the future, make sure you uninstall all Imali Media-related programs. FunTVTab, NewTabTv and others can re-install this PUP on your computer after some time.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall play-bar-search.com and related programs
    Here, look for play-bar-search.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove play-bar-search.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall play-bar-search.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for play-bar-search.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of play-bar-search.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for play-bar-search.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete play-bar-search.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate play-bar-search.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from 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 play-bar-search.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

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

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete play-bar-search.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select play-bar-search.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete play-bar-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove play-bar-search.com from Google Chrome

To fix Google Chrome browser, you need to uninstall Imali Media-related add-ons, including FunTVTab, NewTabTv, Secure Finder and others.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select play-bar-search.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete play-bar-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase play-bar-search.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for play-bar-search.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by play-bar-search.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete play-bar-search.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Helene says:
    March 4th, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Is there a shorter version of this tutorial?

  2. Seung says:
    March 4th, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I was thinking the exact same thing 😀 It looks complicated but its better than nothing

  3. 07Audhild says:
    March 4th, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Thanks, I removed this virus! Its nice to know I can come always come to this site for some advice

  4. Mikkel says:
    March 4th, 2016 at 7:21 am

    INCREDIBLE. I just downloaded SpyHunter and it found a bunch of viruses in my pc. Now it works much faster!!

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