This article will help you remove PlayOnline fully. Follow the removal instructions for the adware at the bottom of this article.
PlayOnline is a service that has an application which is considered adware. This service also has a browser extension and will land you on a website that features an online gaming platform. Some of the games run on Adobe Flash while others run on HTML5. PlayOnline has multiple domains associated with it that push advertisements and games on them. The platform is mainly considered adware because it shows a lot of pop-ups with advertisements and promotions of different online games.
|Short Description||Advertisements generated from this platform can display on other sites and redirect you.|
|Symptoms||You see adverts in your browsers, like pop-ups or in-game ads. You can get redirected from games, ads and links on websites related to the PlayOnline service.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by PlayOnline Search |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PlayOnline Search.|
PlayOnline – Delivery Tactics
PlayOnline might be delivered via a third-party installation setup. Applications connected to PlayOnline can intrude your PC, without your knowledge of that. Bundled packages and freeware setups could be distributing this adware. Installer setups like those could be set by default to install additional components. To avoid installations of such unwanted applications, you have to search for the Custom or Advanced settings. From there, you should be able to deselect any component that is not necessary.
Also, the PlayOnline service has a related browser extension of the same name. That extension can be found on the Google Chrome Web Store as seen below in the image:
PlayOnline might distribute itself by using similar websites which are hosting its ads. Websites like those often offer nearly the same gaming content and can have redirect links. Clicking on just one redirect link or advert could lead the adware to your computer device. In addition, banners, pop-ups as well as more kinds of adverts could be placed on the Internet to popularize this game platform. These ad-types might redirect to the main domain of the adware. All browsers which could be affected are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
PlayOnline – More Information
PlayOnline is an adware platform that also features online flash games. The website can load pop-ups and other advertising content as you use it. The website, along with its gaming platform and all kinds of applications associated with them, can generate heaps of advertisements.
You can view the main page of the games website and new page here:
The PlayOnline gaming service generates advertisements such as pop-up boxes, banners and some few others, as well. The games on the website might require you to use the Adobe Flash Player or HTML5. There might be vulnerabilities found in older versions of the Flash player that can be exploited, so it is not excluded for the adware to infect you with other malware via such vulnerabilities.
Below you can see what the results are if you try to search something via your new start and home pages through the search bar:
In case your browser software and your computer machine have any program associated with the PlayOnline adware platform or its browser extension, you can witness a lot of sponsored content, targeted advertisements, and redirect links which show on the website.
Advertisements could have one of those texts inside them:
- Advert from PlayOnline
- Powered by PlayOnline
- Ad by PlayOnline
- Ads by PlayOnline
- Advertisement by PlayOnline
- Brought to you by PlayOnline
Websites related to the PlayOnline platform could spread links that can redirect you to suspicious websites to generate traffic. This traffic can be turned into revenue from using a pay-per-click tactic. A huge number of the advertisements on the site might be associated with affiliates or partners of the gaming platform. The adverts, plus all other sponsored content can collect information about you and your browsing activity. Advertisements tied to PlayOnline can be in the form of banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, in-game ads, plus in-text links ads. Other types of ads are not excluded from showing, as well.
According to the policy this is what is collected in terms of information:
- Your Name
- E-mail address
- Home Address
- IP address or Device Identifier
- Telephone Number
- Cookie Data
- Information you provide (Via Surveys etc.)
Other types of information could also get collected. The quote underneath proves that the site and services of the adware platform collect personally identifying information:
If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.
From the quote it is actually meant that if there are reports and the need for the holders of the personal information, they will remove it, otherwise it is stored.
If you do not like how your privacy is invaded and have a program related to the PlayOnline service on your PC that keeps spewing ads, then you should remove the adware and everything related to it.
Remove PlayOnline Adverts
To remove PlayOnline manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step instructions manual provided down here. If the manual removal does not get rid of the ads, platform and gaming website from reappearing, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.