- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If you find the your web search is provided by Search.playzonenow.com, chances are that you have installed a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that sets this browser hijacker as your default search engine. We have found that this hijacker can be present in your Google Chrome browser, if one of four PUPs are installed on your system: moviesNow Search, gamersZone Home, playMusic New Tab, and filmsZone Home. These all come from a team who are also responsible for dozens of other PUPs and browser hijackers. Therefore, when found, you should remove Search.playzonenow.com as well as all other related threats. This hijacker may present to you questionable third-party ads and sponsored links on modified search results pages. Its presence can also indicate that there are other malicious threats on board. So after you delete Search.playzonenow.com from your browser, it is also advisable to eliminate all other potential and malicious threats as well.
The above mentioned four PUPs can be downloaded officially at playzonenow.com as well as from the respective Chrome web store pages. It is possible that some users find these pages; however, if you cannot recall landing on them, it is quite likely that you installed this browser hijacker and the related PUP unknowingly. This can easily happen when you install a software page you downloaded off of a shady torrent or freeware website. These P2P sites are quite dangerous because they do not only promote malicious bundles to download, but they also host several third-party contents, which are usually corrupt. So when you land on such a page, you can simply infect your computer by even clicking in a search field or anywhere on the page. The minimum consequence is that you open a new tab page that may scam you or infect you with malware, but you can directly drop a bundle, too, and then deleting Search.playzonenow.com alone will definitely not save you.
But you can also infect your system with a bundle containing browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, and PUPs if you click on unsafe third-party banner or pop-up ads on suspicious websites generally associated with online gambling, gaming, video sharing, and dating. You should try to avoid these sites altogether. Of course, if you are cautious enough, you may realize in time that the installer you are running is trying to make browser setting changes or install additional tools. However, this is what most users skip or overlook, and then, end up infected. This is why we advise you to run a trustworthy online malware scanner after you delete Search.playzonenow.com from your browser.
This unreliable search engine may be set as your homepage, new tab, and default search engine as well. This would mean a lot of exposure to questionable content. Although this browser hijacker may strike you as a legitimate one with its simplicity and nice background images, which you can even change, we advise you not to use it for searching the web. We have found that this browser hijacker uses manipulated Yahoo search results to make you believe that you are all safe as you most probably trust Yahoo as a reputable search engine. However, engaging with unreliable third-party ads and links could have serious consequences. If you do not wish to experience these first hand, we suggest that you make up your mind and remove Search.playzonenow.com right away.
Please follow our instructions below if you would like to take down this browser hijacker and stop the exposure to possibly harmful third-party contents. We also advise you to keep all your programs, including your browsers and operating system, up-to-date because this is vital in protecting your PC against possible cyber attacks exploiting outdated software security bugs. It is also important that you avoid suspicious P2P, gaming, betting, dating, and video streaming sites as well as clicking on random third-party advertisements. If you want to effectively defend your computer, we recommend that you install a reliable anti-malware program like SpyHunter.
How to remove Search.playzonenow.com from your browser