Desktop-play is a rogue browser plug-in that is supposed to help the user find and download different games from his desktop. This may seem like a useful functionality; however experts classify Desktop-play as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and recommend its removal. Desktop-play enters the user’s PC bundled with other free software and injects numerous advertisements in the web pages the user views. The plug-in is known to collect information about the user’s online routine. Security experts recommend removing Desktop-play with a legitimate anti-spyware tool.
How Does Desktop-play Enter Your System?
Desktop-play is most likely to end up on your PC unnoticed, bundled with other free of charge programs like PDF creators or media players. The additional installations are not adequately disclosed in the “normal” installation options and users often mistake PUPs for viruses. Please note, that the Advanced options let you have a full transparency of the process, so you can decide which programs you want to keep on your computer and which ones you choose to de-select.
How Does Desktop-play Operate?
The rogue plug-in is known to display a variety of unwanted advertising materials in the web pages the user views. These can not only be irritating, but they can also link you to unsafe web locations and pose security risks to the system.
Adware programs often cause unpermitted redirects to questionable web pages with suspicious content.
- IP address
- Browsing history
- Search entries
The collected data may end up in the hand of third-party advertisers and be used for marketing purposes.
How to Remove Desktop-play from Your Computer?
Adware, although not malicious in its nature, may indirectly pose risks to your machine. Experts recommend avoiding programs like Desktop-play for security reasons. Desktop-play can be deleted manually or with a trusted AV tool. The manual below will help you remove Desktop-play from your PC permanently.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Desktop-play from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Desktop-play from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Desktop-play from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Desktop-play from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Desktop-play from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Delete Desktop-play from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Desktop-play from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Desktop-play from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Desktop-play
Step 2: Uninstall Desktop-play and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Desktop-play on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Desktop-play there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Desktop-play from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Desktop-play and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Desktop-play via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Desktop-play files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Desktop-play, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Desktop-play from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Desktop-play from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Desktop-play from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete Desktop-play from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Desktop-play will be removed.
Eliminate Desktop-play from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.