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How to Remove Adware.Playtopus? (Adware/Hijacker Removal Guide)


Are you plagued by a nagging adware that pop ups ads constantly? And you made efforts to remove it but failed? You have run into trouble like what a netizen complains below?

I picked up adware named Playtopus and after trying for three days to uninstall it, it is still popping up. I ran the Full scan in Microsoft Safety Scanner twice, without any results. I went through a Clean Boot process from A to Z without any results. I ran Norton’s 360 Full System scan without any results. It seems this adware is here to stay.

If you met problems mentioned above, please read this article and follow the removal guide step by step to get rid of the virus completely and permanently.


What is Adware.Playtopus


Adware.Playtopus malware is new-type adware that will bring your PC a lot of damages and threats. It infects your computer in private and pops up ads that are useless for you.

Screenshot of Adware.Playtopus



The Dangers Infected PC May Suffer from


Once Adware.Playtopus malware captures your PC, your PC may be damaged by the following dangers.

1. Plenty of unwelcome pop-ups may bother you when surf the internet.

2. Your browser homepage will be redirected to an unsafe website. Meanwhile, when you search something from Google or Bing, it may display you numerous unrelated results.

3. Your network speed will become slow. It will take you much more time to log in a certain webpage; even you may fail to open it.

4. The malicious malware will also steal your personal information, passwords or other sensitive data as well as record your online behaviors illegally.

5. Avoid being removed, adware.Playtopus virus may shut down some security protection programs installed on your PC to make them lose their function or stop you from visiting webpages associated to PC security protection.

6. It may add some malicious registry entries and files to your computer and even change some settings of your computer. These malicious programs may work when you start your PC.


How is Your PC Infected by Adware.Playtopus


You may be convinced that certain free software which may include malware is very useful for you. After your download and install it, malicious program Adware.Playtopus virus may also be installed on your PC packaged with the free software. Furthermore, some malicious websites and legal websites that have been compromised as well as malicious links, attachments in spam emails may contain Adware.Playtopus virus. When you click on them, Adware.Playtopus virus may be downloaded surreptitiously.


How to Remove Adware.Playtopus


We will offer you two methods to remove this malicious malware below.

Method 1: Manually remove Adware.Playtopus virus

Method 2: Automatically remove Adware.Playtopus virus by antimalware software Anvi Smart Defender.

Note: Cause Adware.Playtopus will bring your PC different damages, such as modifying PC system settings, adding malicious files and registry entries to PC, etc. It is quite a difficult and complicated process for users to manually remove Adware.Playtopus completely, even for users having some computer skills. If you are an inexperienced user, please be cautious when remove the virus, or you can choose method 2 to help you to get rid of Adware.Playtopus automatically.


Method 1: Manually remove Adware.Playtopus virus


step 1 Stop Adware.Playtopus process from running in the Windows Task Manager


1. Pressing Ctrl+shift+Esc together to open Windows Task Manager, and navigate to the “Processes” tab.

2. Select the Adware.Playtopus process and click on “End Process” button to stop Adware.Playtopus popup from running. ( similar operation is displayed below)



step 2 Remove Adware.Playtopus associated files from your PC


a. Click Start (Windows XP)/Windows logo (Windows 7) at the left bottom of the desk, and type folders options into the Search programs and files box, then double click it to open it.



b. When folder Options box appears, switch to the View tab, then select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” as well as don’t select “Hidden protected operating system files (Recommended)”, then click OK.



c. Copy the following files one by one into Search programs and files box after you click on start button, and right click the search result, then click on Delete.



step 3 Remove Adware.Playtopus associated registry entries from your PC


For Windows XP users:

Click Start, and Click Run. Then type regedit into the run box and then click OK to go on.

For Windows 7 users:

Click Window logo, and type run into the Search programs and files box, then double click run in the search results. Type regedit into the run box and then click OK to go on.


When below window pops up, please click on Yes.

Please find the following malicious registry entries of Adware.Playtopusadware one by one, right click them, and then click on remove.

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallAdware.PlaytopusDisplayIcon %AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallAdware.PlaytopusUninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallAdware.PlaytopusShortcutPath “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u


step 4 Remove remove add-ons, repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine in IE, FF and Google Chrome


For Internet Explorer


1. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, change the malicious domain to the original one and hit OK.



2. Go to Tools> Manage Add-ons> Search Providers, click on Set as default button, choose the original one as your default provider and remove malicious one. ( a similar operation is displayed below )



3. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, find the Tabs area, click on Settings, click on the button under “When a new tab is opened, open:”, select A blank page and hit OK to complete the operation.


4. Click on Tools( For Windows XP )/gear icon B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( For Windows 7 ) at the upper-right corner of the Window, and the click on Manage add-ons. Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click on extensions related to Adware.Playtopus and other unknown extensions and then click on Disable.



For Firefox

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Options and switch to the General Tab. Then click on Restore to Default, hit OK to recovery your default homepage.



2. Click the down arrow next to the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines…, select malicious search engine and other unknown search engines and click Remove. ( a similar picture is shown below)Firefox-search provider


3. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Add-ons and switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Disable or Remove to get rid of Playtopus extension and other malicious extensions.



For Google Chrome

1. Go to wrench or three bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5, click on Settings, and then come to On startup tab and click Set pages. When Startup pages pops up, remove the malicious website by clicking X behind it. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then change malicious domain into or any one you prefer.



2. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines. Then remove malicious search engines by clicking X behind them and click Make default behind Google to set it as your default engine.



3. Go to wrench or 3 bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5(next to the address bar), click on Tools and then click on Extensions. Locate Adware.Playtopus extensions and other unknown extensions and then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.



step 5 Remove cookies from IE/FF/Google Chrome


Although you have remove Adware.Playtopus from your PC, there are cookies about some malicious websites remove in your browsers. In order to prevent you from opening them to be infected by virus again, you need to clean up these cookies. Here we’ll offer you method to remove cookies in IE 7, 8, 9, Firefox and Google Chrome.


For Internet Explorer 7:

1. Open your browser and go to Tools > Internet Options.

2. Under the General tab, find the Browsing History section. From here, you can decide whether to delete some or all cookies:

To delete all cookies, click Delete, select Delete Cookies, and hit Yes.

To selectively delete cookies, go to Settings > View Files. Select the cookies you wish to delete (hold down CTRL while clicking to make multiple selections) and press Delete.


For Internet Explorer 8:

1. Open your browser and go to Tools > Internet Options> Under the General tab>find the Browsing History section

2. From here, you can decide whether to some or all cookies:
To delete all cookies, click uncheck the Preserve Favorite Website Data box, check the box next to Cookies, and hit Delete.



To selectively delete cookies, go to Settings > View Files. Select the cookies you wish to delete (hold down CTRL while clicking to make multiple selections) and press Delete.


For Internet Explorer 9:

1. Open your browser and click in the upper right-hand corner. Go to Safety > View Browsing History.


2. Make sure Cookies is checked and check or uncheck any additional aspects of your browsing history. Then click Delete.



For Firefox:

1. Open your browser and go to Firefox > Options, open the Privacy tab and click remove individual cookies.


2. To delete all cookies, click Remove All Cookies.

3. To delete specific cookies, select the cookies you wish to delete. Hold down CTRL while clicking to make multiple selections and press Remove Cookies. You can even expand each site to delete specific cookies from each site.



For Google Chrome:

1. Open your browser and click the wrench or three bar icon button in the upper right-hand corner. Click Tools > Clear Browsing Data… from the drop-down list.

2. Click Clear Browsing Data and select a time frame that you want to delete. Then, Make sure Delete Cookies and Other Site and Plug-In Data is checked. (Check or uncheck other options as desired.) Then Click Clear Browsing Data.




Method 2: Automatically remove Adware.Playtopus Popup virus.


step 1 Uninstall Adware.Playtopus file via Anvi Uninstaller


Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

1. Please download and install Cloud System Booster

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list → locate Adware.Playtopus program and any suspicious program in the list→ hit Uninstall to remove.

Cloud System Booster-Anvi Uninstaller


During this process, the below box will pop up, remember to skip the step “create system restore point”.



Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.


step 2 Remove third-party malware and potentially unwanted programs by using Anvi Smart Defender

1: Download and install Anvi Smart Defender Anti-malware software.

After that, launch Anvi Smart Defender → hit “Your PC is dangerous” tab or click Scan button and select quick scan.



A minute or more, Anvi Smart Defender will show you all unsafe elements found in your computer and offer you their paths. Please click “Apply” button to get rid of them and close it.



Tips: once installed, Anvi Smart Defender will keep the state of protecting your computer 24 hours。It is aimed at stopping dubious programs running and blocking malicious websites online.



step 3 Repair browsers (IE/FF/Google Chrome) damages with Anvi Slim Toolbar


1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.

2. Remove toolbars from browsers

After installing it, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect malicious toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, selected Playtopus Gram and any other unwanted extensions and click Remove button to remove them.



3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.

In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.

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Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.



step 4 Perform Cloud System Booster to get rid of residual junk files, invalid registry entries and other leftovers in your computer system


1. Open it and click on the Quick Care button on the main screen to run a quick scan.

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2. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click on Clean button there to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc, to make sure the computer system is clean.



Recommended Tips



To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups and ads, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate to keep you surfing safe online.

Download link

Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version in this link

After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.

Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate

That’s it

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