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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts


If you are unfortunate enough to have installed PlayFizz on your computer you will want to remove it after reading this article. We consider PlayFizz to be a potentially unwanted application, because it shows commercial advertisements. It does not fall into the category of adware, because it actually is useful to some degree. The application itself works as a game downloader, and the games work as expected. So let us discuss the pros and cons of having this application, so you can decide whether to keep it or get rid of it.

Let us begin analyzing this application by first looking at how PlayFizz came about. The application is belongs to a website, called Playfizz.com. The website features thousands of flash games that work well and are a ton of fun. Upon closer inspection we see that the website belongs to GPV Entertainment, LLC. We must mention that PlayFizz has several clones, called ArcadeGiant, CrushArcade, ArcadeParlor, and ArcadeTwist. However they are owned by different companies, one of them being ArcadeYum LLC. None of the websites have any mention of the existence of other sites, which is rather suspicious.

You can get the PlayFizz program if you choose to play Premium games that must be downloaded from the website. To our knowledge, the application might be bundled with other software, but we have no proof of this, at least for the time being. We ask our readers to share any information about this program’s distribution methods with the rest of the community. So, your input would be very much appreciated as well. In any event, let us move on to the best part.

Obviously, we need to discuss how this application works and why it is considered a potentially unwanted program. So, the games work, and work rather well, but when you install the games, the installer also installs a browser extension for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. What does this extension do? You ask. The extension’s main purpose is to promote commercial content. However, from what we gather after reading the privacy policy found on its website, the advertisements are unreliable, as they are supplied by third-parties. GPV Entertainment is not liable for damages if, let’s say, your computer becomes infected with malicious software, such as Trojans. Of course, Trojans pose their own problems, and are difficult to remove, so if you want to avoid the inconvenience of having to deal with them, you should delete PlayFizz as soon as you can.

According to GPV Entertainment’s privacy policy, PlayFizz gathers information about the user. So the owners can get hold of non-personally identifiable information, such as browsing, and search history, browser type, operating system, IP addresses, and so on. As far as personal information is concerned, it is only collected if you provide it yourself, by contacting the developers via email. So everything you disclose, such as your name, phone number, address, and so on will be used for commercial purposes and even shared with third parties.

If you do not endorse such actions, you should remove PlayFizz using our manual removal guide. However, if you do not see any problems with this application, then by all means, feel free to use it. Now, if you have decided to get rid of the application, you must first go to the Control Panel and uninstall the application. Then you can go to your web browser’s list of extensions and remove the add-on. And that is it.

Remove PlayFizz from the computer

Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Open the Start Screen.
  2. Type Uninstall in the search box and then go to Settings.
  3. In the search results, go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate PlayFizz and right-click on it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate PlayFizz and right-click on it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Locate the unwanted application and click Remove.

Remove the PlayFizz browser extension

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X.
  2. Click Manage Add-ons.
  3. Click Toolbars and Extensions.
  4. Click Remove PlayFizz and click Close.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Click More tools.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Click Remove the extension.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Click Extensions.
  3. Click Remove the application.
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