I wrote this article to help you remove Playgr8.com. This Playgr8.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Being constantly redirected to the Playgr8.com website is bad news. The page is associated with an adware infection. The two go hand in hand. If you see one of them, you have both of them. This means that the adware is currently hiding somewhere on your computer, secretly forcing the Playgr8.com on you. You know what adware infections are known for, don’t you? They bombard you with a never-ending pile of commercials.
Yes, you get buried with ads on daily basis. But don’t think that these ads are there to help you with your online shopping. Of course not. They are just serving crooks` malicious purposes. Hackers use them to boost Web traffic to particular pages and make pay-per-click revenue. You must avoid everything generated by this virus. All ads, all pages it forces you to visit, all third-party links. Everything is unreliable. Clicking on the wrong one will have serious consequences. You can download more malware with a single click. Or, you can pursue a non-existing product and lose money. And all of this so cybercriminals can become richer. It is not worth it. They make money at your expense. But this is not all.
Your entire browsing experience is ruined. We said you must avoid the ads the pest throws at you but we realize that’s not always possible. They are so many. The adware added a pesky plugin to all of your installed browsers, meaning you cannot surf the Web without dealing with intrusions. Every time you so much as touch Mozilla, Chrome, IE or any other browser you may use, you get drowned in links and ads. You are forced to see the Playgr8.com page all the time. Even if you don’t want to. The site appears out of the blue when you least expect it. And so do the advertisements. Sometimes an ad pops up right under the cursor of your mouse. Or, it moves just when you are about to click the “X” button.
By the way, clicking the “X” button doesn’t always work either. It redirects you to other pages that are just as dangerous as well. The truth is you cannot avoid the pop-ups. Or the links. If you want to get rid of them, you must get rid of the adware first. It doesn’t bring you anything good anyway. Nothing but troubles. It also slows down your PC and causes your overwhelmed browsers to freeze occasionally. Add to that the malware risk you are exposed to on daily basis and the crooks sponsoring part, and the decision gets made for you. The adware has to go. Now. Not to mention that the pest is also able to steal your private information and share it with crooks. Do the right thing and clean your PC ASAP.
How did you get infected with this? When it comes to infiltration methods, adware doesn’t surprise us. Don’t expect any originality from it. It relies on the old but gold methods, the most popular of which is the bundling technique. Be extra careful when installing free programs as it is possible they may have bonus apps attached. Malware apps, to be clearer. Always pay attention what you are saying “yes” to and don’t give your approval blindly. Opt for the Custom settings in order to check the entire bundle program by program as well as deselect anything additionally embedded. Hackers pray for your haste and distraction to sneak their infection by you. Don’t let them. Go through the Terms and Conditions and if anything sounds suspicious, abort the installation immediately. Don’t make yourself an even easier target by being careless. This way you are only making crooks` job easier.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Playgr8.com from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
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.
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.
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 Playgr8.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.