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Playzonenow – browser hijacker which links its users to dubious websites

PlayZoneNow virus hijacks popular web browsers

Playzonenow is yet another fake search engine created by eAnswers – a developer of numerous similar applications. Just like any other PUP which was set to hijack browsers, this potentially dangerous website sneaks into users’ machines without their permission. As a result, it starts redirecting them to hxxp://search.playzonenow.com/search/?category=web&s=26ds&vert=movies&q= and similar domains against their will.

Search.playzonenow.com can affect most favorite browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Safari,[1] and appear every time you are trying to search the web. Search results generated this way are redirected to Yahoo, but it doesn't mean that they are trustworthy. Beware that they can be filled with sponsored links as the main aim of this site is to redirect users to third-party websites.

PlayZoneNow virus affects your browser almost immediately after it manages to infiltrate the system. Additionally, the victim notices the following symptoms:

  • Changes in default search engine, homepage, and new tab page;
  • System changes, such as new bookmarks, unseen shortcuts and similar content on your desktop;
  • Additional browser helper objects installed;
  • Intrusive ads and banners, offering services or products you are not interested in.

Despite symptoms mentioned above, the highest risk is that this browser hijacker can try to redirect you to unsafe websites. According to eAnswers and their privacy policy, they cannot be held liable for any third-party content they might link you to. Therefore, you should not expose yourself to such threats as ransomware[2] and remove Playzonenow using a reputablesecurity software like ReimageIntego.

Search.playzonenow.com hijackSearch.playzonenow.com virus uses tricky GUI to convince its victims that it is a reliable search engine

Another undesirable feature of PlayZoneNow add-on is data tracking. Beware that its developers might record non-personally identifiable information, such as your IP address, Internet service provider (ISP), browser's type, cookie information, websites visited by the user, and similar data.

As the developer states:

eAnswers.com collects non-personally identifiable information for general purposes, including but not limited to analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking user movements, conducting research, and providing anonymous reporting to internal and external clients.

It is evident that the browser hijacker cannot bring any advantages to a typical user and should be avoided at all costs. If you got infected, you should take care of Search.playzonenow.com removal immediately.

Free software you download from the Internet might hide an intruder

If you are wondering how the unwanted program got into your machine, you should think about free programs you recently downloaded and installed on the system. Typically, many users do not pay attention to the installation process of the freeware and try to rush the whole process by clicking “Next” button continuously.

The most prominent mistake made is the use of Recommended/Quick settings while installing free programs. Despite the fact that developers advise using Quick mode, users should not trust this tip as the primary goal of freeware makers is to make users install additional software without their consent. 

Therefore, you should be more aware while installing free software. Do not rush the procedure and always untick all additional components in Advanced mode.

Delete Search.playzonenow.com and its components with only one click

If your computer got infected with an unwanted program, don't worry because such programs cannot take your files hostage or lead you to other problems. During the worst care scenario, you can be tricked into using the unwanted search engine which provides fake search results and redirects you to malicious websites. Thus, you should remove Playzonenow and other components (add-ons, browser helper objects, etc) from your computer instead of using this hijacker.

For that, you can either use a reliable anti-malware program or follow our detailed removal guide. The first method is fast and straightforward, so you should opt for it if you don't have to worry about malicious components and similar problems that appear while trying to get rid of viruses manually.

For those who are more experienced with the computer, manual Playzonenow removal might be a good option too. To proceed with the elimination, please check our guide below. To make sure the process is executed correctly, follow each step attentively.

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To remove Search.playzonenow.com, follow these steps:

Delete Search.playzonenow.com from Windows systems

To remove Search.playzonenow.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to Search.playzonenow.com (or any other recently installed 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

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  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.

Remove Search.playzonenow.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Search.playzonenow.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.playzonenow.com-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 Search.playzonenow.com, 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 related to Search.playzonenow.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.playzonenow.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Search.playzonenow.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 Search.playzonenow.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 Search.playzonenow.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.playzonenow.com from Microsoft Edge

You can get rid of Search.playzonenow.com by removing all add-ons and extensions that seem suspicious. If you can't find anything, make sure you reset your web browser to its previous state.

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 Search.playzonenow.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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Uninstall Search.playzonenow.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search.playzonenow.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Search.playzonenow.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search.playzonenow.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Search.playzonenow.com from Google Chrome

To uninstall the virus from Chrome, you need to reset it with the help of the following steps. Don't worry about your bookmarks and similar content, you can import them right after a reset.[3]

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

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

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Search.playzonenow.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search.playzonenow.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search.playzonenow.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Search.playzonenow.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search.playzonenow.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search.playzonenow.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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