Browser Scam "PlayTopus"

Known As: PlayTopus
Damage: Moderate
Danger: Medium danger

PlayTopus removal instructions

What is PlayTopus?

The PlayTopus scam is designed to take control of the user's installed web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, IE) and to modify the core behavior of the browser. This includes changing the browser's default home page, new tab pages and most specifically the search engine it uses. Such a scam takes advantage of users by "offering" to protect or enhance their search by installing a dubious search page and taking control of the existing default search engine. The search PlayTopus adds is full or bogus search results and a ton of advertising. It does this to get commissions on paid search results as well as paid to deliver and trick a user into clicking on banner and text ads.
Stop PlayTopus Scamware
PlayTopus is classified as what is known as browser scam or Internet browser hijacking. In addition to taking controls of various search and homepage related settings, it also alters other settings that might lower the browser's security defaults and lower to overall security of the computer. By lowering these security, PlayTopus is able to trick security software and the user from uninstalling it and keeping it around longer in the browser in order to generate more revenue for the adware publishers.

The most concerning issue we have with this scam is that in addition it also tracks the behavior of the user when they are online. This includes tracking page URLs visited, search requests made and a bunch of other personally identifiable transactions including secure sites such as banking and financial sites used, etc. PlayTopus then sells this information to 3rd-party sources that are not monitored.

What does PlayTopus do?

  1. Changes the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including your web browser's built-in search box, if applicable, and address bar
  2. Changes the default home page and/or new tabs of your Internet Browser
  3. Adds addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”
  4. Adds additional search-related services
  5. Allows first-party publisher or Partner Cookies to be installed in your Browser.
  6. Allows software updates PlayTopus and provides itself the ability to send you notifications
To remove PlayTopus, follow the instructions below:
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Quick Removal Menu

What is PlayTopus?
STEP 1. Uninstall PlayTopus application using Control Panel.
STEP 2. Remove PlayTopus from Internet Explorer.
STEP 3. Remove PlayTopus from Microsoft Edge.
STEP 4. Remove PlayTopus from Google Chrome.
STEP 5. Remove PlayTopus from Mozilla Firefox.

PlayTopus Adware Removal

This step will use the Windows Uninstaller (Add/Remove Programs) to attempt to remove this software. In some cases using the software' uninstaller will completely remove this scam. Depending on which version or Windows your run, follow the steps below to uninstall PlayTopus.

Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Right-click the Windows icon (Start) in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. In the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel.
  3. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
  4. In the uninstall programs window, look for "PlayTopus (remove only)", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

Windows 8 Users

Windows 8 PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. In the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel.
  3. Choose Programs and Features.
  4. In uninstall programs, look for "PlayTopus", select this entry and click Uninstall.

Windows 7 Users

Windows 7 PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop).
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
  4. In uninstall programs, look for "PlayTopus", select this entry and click Uninstall.

Windows XP Users

Windows XP PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Click Start
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Locate Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Look for "PlayTopus", select this entry and click Uninstall.
After uninstalling PlayTopus from your computer, if you still find the same behaviors and symptoms your PC was suffering from before, you will need to scan your computer for adware and spyware using. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
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Remove the PlayTopus Scam from Internet Browsers

Remove from Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer.
  3. Select Manage Add-ons.
  4. Locate PlayTopus browser extension.
  5. Select this entry and click Remove.
Reset Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer Reset Settings
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the gear icon.
  3. Select Internet Options.
  4. In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
  5. Click the Reset button.
  6. Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Remove from Microsoft Edge

  1. Open File Explorer and type C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Packages and hit Enter. (Replace "Username" with your user account name.)
  2. Delete the folder Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Once you've tried deleting all the content, go inside the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and try deleting the remaining folders.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Re-register Microsoft Edge in your account. Open the Start menu, search for Windows PowerShell, right-click it from the result, and select Run as administrator.
  6. Type the following command and hit Enter cd C:\Users\Username. (Replace "Username" with your user account name.)
  7. Type the following command exactly and hit Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}.

Remove from Google Chrome

Google Chrome PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Click the Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome).
  2. Select Tools and click on Extensions.
  3. Locate any recently installed add-ons, select such entries and click the trash can icon.
  4. In the opened window, select Settings (left corner of the screen).
  5. Click the Show advanced setting... link.
  6. Click the Reset browser settings button.
  7. Confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox

Firefox PlayTopus Scam Removal
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the menu icon (top right corner of the main window).
  3. Select Add-ons.
  4. Click on Extensions.
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  6. Click the Open Help Menu icon.
  7. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  8. Click the Reset Firefox button.
  9. Confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Summary
PlayTopus is a potentially unwanted program and scam that infects your computer by installing harmful and unwanted software without your permission. This type of scamware invades your privacy and should never be running on your computer. Be very careful when installing free software or any software that is recommended to you through online advertising as in many cases this software such as PlayTopus comes installed with bundled software and all sorts of other unwanted programs. Publishers get paid to distribute unwanted software through such methods in order to make money. Make sure to always read the full terms of service and privacy policy and always opt-out of unwanted scamware. Also, download software from the publishers web site directly and stay away from non-reputable download portals or online adverts telling you to "upgrade" Flash or Java.
Removal Assistance
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