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Remove Search.playzonenow.com Redirect Completely

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This article is created in help of all users who want to get rid of Search.playzonenow.com redirect and restore affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers.

Search.playzonenow.com is a nasty website that sneaks into the system without your knowledge. Then it affects all frequently used browsers and starts to appear each time you are online. Its main page provides a deceptive search engine that can record all your search queries. The domain of the redirect Search.playzonenow.com hijacks the homepage and new tab page of the affected browser while its search engine replaces the default one. To remove Search.playzonenow.com and all files associated with the infection, just follow the detailed guide below.

Threat Summary

Name Search.playzonenow.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The Search.playzonenow.com redirect can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A hoax search engine is set as default one.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Search.playzonenow.com redirect. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.playzonenow.com – Distribution Methods

Search.playzonenow.com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can be spread via several shady methods. Often compromised third-party installers deliver the infection of the system. They are preferred because developers of free apps can easily add components in the installer of the primary app. All additional components are usually set to install by default and if you skip the Advanced or Custom configuration options Search.playzonenow.com infects the computer without your knowledge. Such unwanted side effect can be avoided by choosing these options each time you install a desired software. There you can see all additional components of the setup so you can decide whether you need them or not.

Online advertisements like banners, pop-ups, and pop-unders may also deliver Search.playzonenow.com redirect on the system. They may be set to land you on a compromised web page that installs a malicious toolbar or a browser extension associated with Search.playzonenow.com.

Search.playzonenow.com redirect can affect the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Search.playzonenow.com – Impact

Primarily Search.playzonenow.com redirect aims to push its hoax search engine. For the purpose, it alters essential browser settings like those of the homepage and new tab page. That’s why you may see its domain each time you open the affected browser. The redirect appears on the homepage and each new tab page you open.

Search.playzonenow.com redirect main page

In fact, Yahoo search which is the actual search engine to generate the results. Search.playzonenow.com provides a hoax search engine with the sole purpose to record each search query you enter in the search field. Yes, that’s right Search.playzonenow.com is a nasty infection that can spy on you. And as long as it has access to your browser it endangers your privacy. Be careful what details you enter in the search field and browser’s address bar because the redirect may obtain all of them and eventually gather sensitive information.

Another purpose of this nasty redirect is believed to be aggressive advertising as each click on an ad generates revenue for its developers. For that reason, you may witness many annoying advertisements all over the browser. Beware of intrusive banners, pop-ups, images, pages, pop-unders, links to sponsored content and other ads that are trying provide appealing offers. Just a click on the wrong ad can lead to severe malware infection.

Search.playzonenow.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy page of Search.playzonenow.com reveals how the redirect gathers, uses, discloses, and manages your data. The section is available on the main page of Search.playzonenow.com. A hyperlink “Privacy” on the bottom of the redirect’s main page lands you on the content of the policy. Below you can see how the Policy page looks like:

Search.playzonenow.com redirect eAnswers privacy policy

As the Policy states Search.playzonenow.com is owned by eAnswers company. Тhe company acknowledges that its products are designed to obtain certain information related to your internet activities and online habits.

In fact, eAnswers is associated with the distribution of several other suspicious website that affect users browsers. Detected and reported by our team are Search.mymedianetnow.com, Search.iezbrowsing.com, Search.getmedianetnow.com, etc. All mentioned websites have similar behavior as Search.playzonenow.com redirect and are possessed by eAnswers.

According to the Privacy Policy, Search.playzonenow.com website collects and records the following data:

  • Your IP address
  • E-mail address
  • Browser Type
  • Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Cookie information
  • Websites you visit
  • Information you provide

The collected data may be then used for advertising purposes or disclosed to third-parties. If you want to prevent any troublesome consequences as privacy theft and malware intrusions it is highly advisable to remove Search.playzonenow.com completely from the affected browsers and the PC.

Remove Search.playzonenow.com Redirect Completely

Follow the steps below to remove Search.playzonenow.com redirect from Chrome, Firefox, IExplorer and Safari browsers. The removal guide provides instructions how to remove all files associated with the redirect stored on the Windows system as well. Have in mind that sometimes the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely this nasty redirect. There are some leftovers that are detectable only with the help of an advanced anti-malware tool. A scan with such a program will locate all potentially harmful files. Afterward, you will be a step away from the complete removal of Search.playzonenow.com from the PC.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Search.playzonenow.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.playzonenow.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.playzonenow.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.playzonenow.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.playzonenow.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.playzonenow.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.playzonenow.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.playzonenow.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.playzonenow.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.playzonenow.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.playzonenow.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Search.playzonenow.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.playzonenow.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.playzonenow.com 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Search.playzonenow.com 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Search.playzonenow.com 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.playzonenow.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.playzonenow.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.playzonenow.com 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.


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