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PlayPopGames(.)com is an online gaming site that serves ads around the Web and also has an application of the same name considered as adware. It attaches itself to your browser. The adware shows different advertisements, like pop-ups, banners and Flash animations. A browser extension may be added. You can be redirected to various websites for online games or such with potentially malicious content.

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NamePlayPopGames(.)com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionYou may see advertisements in your browsers in the form of pop-up, banners or flash animations.
SymptomsYou may see advertisements on the webpages you visit, get redirected to dubious sites, or be prompted to register for an online game.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by PlayPopGames(.)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss PlayPopGames(.)com.

PlayPopGames(.)com – Why Do I See It?

One way PlayPopGames(.)com starts showing up is because you have something unwanted installed via third-party installers. That usually happens when you are unaware, that some adware is hiding in freeware installations and bundled packages. They contain additional components for installation that are not always disclosed how they should be, and you can get tricked into installing unwanted software related to PlayPopGames(.)com. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Custom or Advanced settings in an installation setup.

Another thing that may cause you to start seeing PlayPopGames Ads is if you visit suspicious sites, and you click on other various advertisements, banners, and pop-ups that are displayed.

PlayPopGames(.)com – What Is It?

PlayPopGames(.)com is a website which also serves as an advertising platform for online games, among other things. It has a related application, which is considered an adware. Once inside your computer, it attaches itself to your web browsers. Then, it will start generating advertisements, message boxes, pop-ups, banners, flash animations and online gaming-oriented content. Some of the ads may prompt you to download and install other adware or even malicious software masked as a game installer of a sort.

The PlayPopGames(.)com adware also redirects you to suspicious sites, like ones with sponsored results, other game-related content or such prompting you to do an action like clicking or installing things, disguised as something needed to run a game or load it faster.

Also, the browser redirects, pop-ups and advertisements and flash animations that appear, will be accompanied by some text, such as:

  • Ads by PlayPopGames
  • Ad by PlayPopGames
  • Powered by PlayPopGames
  • Brought to you by PlayPopGames

The redirects are with the aim of generating revenue for its authors on a pay-per-click scheme.
The PlayPopGames(.)com adware is using cookies, and every time you are redirected to any websites from it, you may be tracked. That could allow for sensitive information to be stolen secretly from you. Part of that data can be used to generate more advertisements and redirects for the purposes described above.

The Privacy Policy of PlayPopGames(.)com is stating that also other ads may be displayed in the form of videos or inside the text of a webpage. In the policy, they admit about collecting information about you and your system through cookies, beacons, and other tracking technologies. Some of that information is personally identifying, for example – IP address, OS, date and times of each visit, and any activity related to their site, done from your PC.

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All the collected information may be shared with third parties, meaning that you automatically accept the Privacy Policy of any third-party partner sites, or affiliates of PlayPopGames(.)com.

PlayPopGames(.)com – Removal Instructions

To remove PlayPopGames(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware and gaming site ads completely, you should scan to remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware application. Such software will also make certain that your PC is safe from other threats.

Delete PlayPopGames(.)com from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall PlayPopGames(.)com in Windows

Remove or Uninstall PlayPopGames(.)com in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PlayPopGames(.)com in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PlayPopGames(.)com.

    2.Remove PlayPopGames(.)com from Your Browser

    Remove PlayPopGames(.)com from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select PlayPopGames(.)com and click “Remove

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    After PlayPopGames(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate PlayPopGames(.)com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After PlayPopGames(.)com is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select PlayPopGames(.)com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After PlayPopGames(.)com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on PlayPopGames(.)com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PlayPopGames(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PlayPopGames(.)com will be removed.

    Remove PlayPopGames(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove PlayPopGames(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove PlayPopGames(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove PlayPopGames(.)com.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PlayPopGames(.)com.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any PlayPopGames(.)com files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to PlayPopGames(.)com in the future

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from PlayPopGames(.)com (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by PlayPopGames(.)com.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from PlayPopGames(.)com.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from PlayPopGames(.)com is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by PlayPopGames(.)com should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove PlayPopGames(.)com Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove PlayPopGames(.)com.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all PlayPopGames(.)com associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove PlayPopGames(.)com.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all PlayPopGames(.)com associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the PlayPopGames(.)com threat: Manual removal of PlayPopGames(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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