Playzy is a free browser extension developed by Wajamu, which offers the users the convenience to play a large variety of games straight from their browsers. Some of its features, however, give a reason to malware experts to categorize it as a PUP (potentially unwanted program).
What Is Playzy?
According to its creators, when it comes to gaming online, “your options are either downloading a new game every time, or navigating to a website each time you want to play online.”
That is why, they created Playzy – “a one time download that bring all the games right to you, allowing you to play whenever you want without having to leave the page you are in.”
Playzy is compatible with the most commonly used browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, you will see the Playzy tab appearing on the bottom left every time you open a web page. Clicking on it will display all the available games. Then, you are ready to play.
Despite its usefulness, however, Playzy does embody some features that appear to be both annoying and intrusive to the user. Such are:
- Monitoring and collecting your browsing routine (URLs visited, pages views, search queries, IP addresses, etc.)
- Displaying various pop-up ads that, once clicked, may redirect you to unsafe and potentially corrupted websites. These websites may contain malware that could infect your PC
- Entering your PC without your knowledge, i.e. via bundling
How Does Playzy Enter Your PC?
As mentioned above, in addition to being installed straight from its official website, Playzy can also enter your PC without your knowledge, but with your consent. What we mean by that is the program sneaks into your system bundled with another free program you install. The bundling method is mentioned throughout the installation process, and is automatically included in the default or recommended settings. So, by not unchecking the bundling option you practically “agree” with it. Most users do not pay attention to the installation process and impatiently click “next” in order to finish the downloading quicker. And that comes in favor to the developers of PUPs such as Playzy.
In short, in order to prevent any unwanted program from entering your PC, you must disallow any options that are not familiar to you, and leave only the one you wanted in the first place. This way, you can save yourself a whole lot of hassle later on.
Should You Remove Playzy?
It’s best if you do so. You may find Playzy useful, but it does expose your system to outer threats and may annoy you with unwanted advertisements. And, let’s not forget it will monitor your browsing habits and record them in order to share them with third parties. Remove Playzy by using a legit anti-virus tool.
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