How to Remove PlayCenter Search Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

I wrote this article to help you remove PlayCenter Search Virus. This PlayCenter Search Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

PlayCenter Search is an application which is supposed to find and show you the most popular and interesting online games. Unfortunately, it does no such thing. The program is lying to you, pretending to be a useful app but it is not. It is a browser hijacker which only cares to serve its developers` malicious purposes. The nasty pest takes control over all of your browsers by appending its malicious extension. From this moment on, your online activities change. They turn hellish and they will keep on worsening unless you take immediate measures.

As soon as you notice the brand new extension, accept the fact you are dealing with a cyber infection and start looking for a way to remove it. The sooner, the better. If you leave the hijacker on board, sooner or later it will cause you some irrevocable damage. Each pest goes out of control of given enough time to operate. This hijacker included. It will demolish your browsing experience unless you stop it on time. Find where it is lurking and remove it on the spot. Don’t waste time as the pest uses every second to cause harm. Delete it and earn the gratitude of your future self.

As we said, the hijacker ruins your online activities. It makes a huge mess. Every time you go online you get interrupted. The pest redirects you to shady pages 24/7. It also opens additional tabs and windows. It floods your screen with numerous sponsored commercials which if you click on, hackers get paid. This is called the pay-per-click mechanism. Crooks take advantage of it and make effortless profits. They also turn you into their sponsor and expose you to malware risk at the same time. Keep in mind that you cannot trust what the hijacker displays. It needs your clicks and it does all that it can to get them.

Remove PlayCenter Search Virus
The PlayCenter Search Virus

Most of the ads you see are probably corrupted. They either lead to pages full of parasites or they conceal parasites themselves. A single click is all it takes for you to compromise your PC even more. The last thing you need right now is more pests. Your machine is already suffering due to this single hijacker. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It lags all the time. It crashes. Your browsers freeze occasionally. Apps take ages to load.

The infection makes you avoid using your own computer because it is just too annoying. You cannot get any work done neither online nor offline. Even your Internet connection may become unstable. And all of this because of PlayCenter Search. Imagine what it would be if you invite more infections on board. Your PC won`t be able to hold on for long and it will eventually crash down completely. If you don’t want this to happen, use our removal guide below and get rid of the intruder ASAP.

How did PlayCenter Search enter your system? The app has an official download so there are chances that you downloaded it yourself. Of course, that’s not the only way. The pest also travels the web via tricky methods. For example, it may pretend to be a program update to get you to install it. Or, it can hide behind corrupted pages and links. It can be bundled with other apps.

The way of duping you are many. However, if you pay more attention to what you go online, you will be able to spot it before it succeeds in infecting you. What parasites need the most is your carelessness. Don’t grant it. Choose vigilance instead. Otherwise, you are making crooks` job even easier.

PlayCenter Search Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove PlayCenter Search Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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