The playing.today is a web page which is loaded into your internet browser with the help of adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software may alter the settings of web-browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge or install a malicious browser extension, which created to generate a large amount of annoying pop-ups. It will lead to the fact that when you start the browser or surfing the World Wide Web, it’ll always be forced to open playing.today advertisements, even when your web browser is configured to stop pop-ups or your personal computer has a program that blocks ads. On current date, the adware continues to increase the number of PCs that have been infected.
Most often, the adware affects the most common web-browsers such as the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the web-browser, it’ll redirect to the annoying playing.today web page. Even if you setup a new homepage, an unwanted web-site will be the first thing you see when you launch the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
While your computer is infected with the ad-supported software, the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge may be redirected to playing.today annoying page. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may display a huge number of unwanted ads. These ads will be injected within the content of sites that are you opening in your browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The ads will appear on all pages, including web pages where previously you have never seen any advertisements.
We suggest you to get rid of adware and clean your PC system from playing.today pop-up ads as soon as possible, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the few simple steps below that will allow you to completely get rid of the reroute to playing.today annoying web site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does playing.today advertisements get installed onto computer
How to manually remove playing.today pop-ups
This useful removal guide for the playing.today pop-ups. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove playing.today pop-ups let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of playing.today pop-ups in Mozilla Firefox
- Remove playing.today ads from Chrome
- Remove playing.today pop-ups from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of playing.today redirect
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the personal computer cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious applications. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up your web-browser from popup ads, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll display the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed applications.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Get rid of playing.today pop-ups in Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the reroute onto playing.today ads.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the screen below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following image. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once it is done, click the “Finish” button
Remove playing.today ads from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby get rid of the redirect to playing.today annoying ads that is caused by the adware.
At first, run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The application will run the task of cleaning. Once it’s done, the web browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove playing.today pop-ups from IE
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to playing.today annoying web-page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of playing.today redirect
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can modify it. If you are seeing something similar “…exe http://web.site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example on the screen below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts that redirects to an annoying web pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your computer, it will open playing.today annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following image.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious programs. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of playing.today pop-up ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove playing.today pop-up ads from the infected computer. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ‘ad-supported’ software again infect your computer and it will start to open unwanted playing.today pop-up ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove ‘ad-supported’ software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. It is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your machine. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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After the download is done, close all programs on your PC. Next, launch the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the following image, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your computer for the ad-supported software that cause a redirect to playing.today. Once the adware or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, you can check all threats detected on your PC system. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing malware and adware which cause playing.today pop-ups. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
How to block playing.today ads
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted ads and malicious pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- When the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block advertisements, playing.today redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with playing.today pop-ups is still remained
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove playing.today pop-up ads, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below. AdwCleaner download
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is opened the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button for checking your system for the adware that generates playing.today ads.
- Once the scan is finished, AdwCleaner will show a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, press “OK” button.
The following video explains the steps above on how to remove ‘ad-supported’ software with AdwCleaner.
Now your PC should be clean of the playing.today redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up ads and annoying malicious web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware and ‘ad-supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove playing.today pop-ups from your PC system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.