The cause of unwanted Playweb.info pop up advertisements on your screen can be adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). Technically, the adware, that displays tons of advertisements or redirects on an undesired site, is not a virus. It is is created to make a revenue. Once started, the ad supported software injects a small code within the content of pages that you visit. The harmful code may pop-up a new web-browser window with Playweb.info site or insert lots of advertising links directly into the web-sites you are viewing. So, if you notice that your internet browser has become display lots of annoying popup ads, then follow the step-by-step tutorial below and remove Playweb.info pop-up ads.
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of pop-up advertisements. It may download and install on to your PC other harmful and unwanted applications without your permission, force you to visit misleading or harmful web pages. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can install web browser hijacker. Once installed, it will modify your web browser setting like home page, new tab page and default search provider with an unwanted web-site.
The malicious software from the adware family that modifies the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ‘ad supported’ software may change the Target property of a web browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the undesired Playweb.info web-site.
The guide below explaining steps to remove Playweb.info redirect problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the adware that may attack Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge and other popular browsers. The steps will allow you remove ad-supported software and thereby clean your web browser from all intrusive advertisements.
Remove Playweb.info advertisements (removal guide)
Even if you’ve the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you’ve checked your PC for malware and removed anything found, you need to do the guidance below. The Playweb.info redirect removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus applications are not made to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash Microsoft Windows. Instead we suggest complete the manual steps below after that use Zemana Free, MalwareBytes or AdwCleaner, which are free software dedicated to scan for and remove ‘ad supported’ software that causes unwanted Playweb.info pop up advertisements. Use these utilities to ensure the ‘ad supported’ software is removed.
Manual Playweb.info advertisements removal
These steps to delete Playweb.info ads without any applications are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step tutorial completely to fully get rid of this adware that causes web browsers to open unwanted Playweb.info advertisements.
Delete suspicious programs using MS Windows Control Panel
Some of PUPs, adware and hijackers can be deleted using the Add/Remove programs utility which may be found in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to get rid of it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as displayed in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and web-browser redirect to the intrusive Playweb.info page. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the figure below.
You will see a list of software installed on your system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of popups and internet browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Fix web browser shortcuts, modified by adware
Unfortunately, the adware can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your internet browsers shortcuts), so that the Playweb.info ad site will be opened when you open the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE or another web-browser.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text like “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the undesired Playweb.info web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This opens a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by malicious program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Playweb.info pop-ups from IE
In order to recover all web-browser homepage, new tab page and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the MS Windows was installed on your PC.
First, open the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button like below.
After the process is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s newtab page, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Playweb.info advertisements from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the browser’s settings such as home page, new tab and default search provider that have been modified by the ‘ad supported’ software that causes web-browsers to open annoying Playweb.info pop-up ads.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is done, your internet browser’s home page, newtab and default search engine will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete Playweb.info from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, remove redirects to undesired Playweb.info web-page and adware.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware which causes unwanted Playweb.info pop up ads. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Delete Playweb.info pop-ups with freeware
The adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the adware which created to redirect your web-browser to various ad pages such as Playweb.info once again infect your system. Moreover, We want to note that it is not always safe to remove ad supported software manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Windows operating system. The best method to scan for and remove adware is to use free malware removal software.
Remove Playweb.info popups with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to find and get rid of Playweb.info pop up advertisements from the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge web-browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on your machine.
Now you can install and run Zemana Free to remove Playweb.info redirect from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Free installation package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Start the installation package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your machine.
During setup you can change some settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button .Zemana program will scan through the whole computer for the ad supported software that causes web-browsers to show unwanted Playweb.info popup ads. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti-Malware is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
After finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will start to delete adware that cause undesired Playweb.info pop-ups to appear. After that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer to make the change take effect.
Use Malwarebytes to remove Playweb.info redirect
Manual Playweb.info redirect removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the ad supported software can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your personal computer of adware. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malicious software, PUPs, hijackers and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will try to update itself and when this process is complete, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the adware that causes web-browsers to open annoying Playweb.info pop ups. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned. All detected items will be marked. You can delete them all by simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
Use AdwCleaner to get rid of Playweb.info popup ads from internet browser
AdwCleaner is a free portable application that scans your machine for ad-supported software which causes unwanted Playweb.info pop-ups, potentially unwanted software and hijackers and allows get rid of them easily. Moreover, it will also help you delete any malicious browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Once downloading is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, click “Scan” button to start scanning your PC for the adware which designed to redirect your web browser to various ad sites such as Playweb.info. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your PC system. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
- When AdwCleaner completes the scan, you’ll be displayed the list of all detected items on your computer. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to block Playweb.info and stay safe online
Using an ad-blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker software will also protect you from malicious advertisements and web-sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to Playweb.info and similar pages.
- Download AdGuard program from the link below and save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is done, press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, web sites such Playweb.info, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the Playweb.info pop-up advertisements
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the ad supported software which redirects your web-browser to undesired Playweb.info web-site. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up advertisements and annoying malicious web-sites) and Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new ad-supported softwares, malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Playweb.info pop ups from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.