This article will aid you to remove PlayCenter Search in full. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the end of the article.
PlayCenter Search is a browser hijacker redirect. The extension and its website will redirect you to a search engine related to the hijacker’s search platform for games. From there, you can find yourself on pages with lots of adverts and sponsored content that go through this hijacker. The hijacker will modify the start page, new tab, and search settings for the browser applications you have on your computer system.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by PlayCenter Search |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PlayCenter Search.|
PlayCenter Search – Ways of Distribution
PlayCenter Search might be distributed via various methods. One of those methods is through third-party installations. Those installer setups come from bundled applications and freeware that could be set to install additional content by default on your computer system. Typically, that might happen without any notification. You might have tried installing a media player or free software and got your browser settings modified by the hijacker. To avoid unwanted programs from affecting your PC is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings. There you should be able to deselect what you don’t want.
The browser hijacker redirect is also distributed via the Chrome Web Store under the name PlayCenter Search as seen from the below screenshot:
PlayCenter Search could be distributed via other methods, like add-ons or browser extensions which install on your browser (as the one shown above). Other distribution ways use advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Sponsored advertisements, including targeted content on suspicious websites could distribute the hijacker, too. These websites might also be partners or affiliates of the PlayCenter Search website and services. These browsers could be affected: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
PlayCenter Search – Detailed Analysis
PlayCenter Search is a browser hijacker redirect. You will get redirected when you are using its services, from links, ads and pages hosted by its search engine. The main page can be viewed from the screenshot given below:
The following Web domains are related to the hijacker:
The PlayCenter Search browser hijacker will redirect you if you use its services and interact with links, ads and other content from its search pages. If you are using its search engine to browse the Web, you will be redirected to its search results page.
Below you can see an advertisement pop-up loaded from the hijacker:
Be aware that each search that you do on its pages will be sending information to servers connected to this PlayCenter Search hijacker. The pages displayed in the above and bottom image can replace the homepage, new tab and default search of every browser that you have installed.
If you have the PlayCenter Search extension related to the hijacker on your PC, all affected browsers will be modified by the malicious application as it will:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Change your search settings to: play.eanswers.com
The screenshot that is shown underneath the paragraph shows what is one of the results when you try to make a search query through the PlayCenter Search search bar. It could redirect you to another search page which is related to the hijacker or to a search engine that looks like Yahoo! for instance. Every search query in the search results will get filtered and sent to servers associated with the malware developers. So, everything that you provide as information will be gathered by the browser hijacker.
In case another search engine loads rather than that of the website, you could be served with even more advertisements and redirects that could place browser cookies on your computer device, and they could track your online habits. Other, more advanced tracking technologies could have been used, too. Be wary of the information you provide on such search pages, especially on ones, associated with PlayCenter Search. Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements and links that can show up.
The following information can be collected from you, according to the Policy:
- Your Name
- E-mail address
- Country of Origin
- Telephone Number
- Your Website (if you have such)
- Company and Job Title
- Information you provide (Via Surveys etc.)
Cookies connected to the browser hijacking site and services of PlayCenter Search are also dropped by them to acquire more information related to your internet activity and habits. The PlayCenter Search service could collect even more data with which you could be identified.
To conclude, you should be wary of what information you give out to search engines and websites. In case you do not like the idea of any information to be acquired about you by this browser hijacker or its services, you should consider removing it.
Remove PlayCenter Search Redirect
To remove PlayCenter Search manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.