PlayBryte Virus

Also Known As: PlayBryte Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
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PlayBryte - how to remove this browser hijacker?

What is PlayBryte?

The PlayBryte.com website offers users the ability to play Flash games. On initial inspection, this site may seem legitimate, however, there is a downside of using playbrite.com: to play the listed Flash games, users are forced into downloading a browser add-on called PlayBryte - a potentially unwanted program, which leads to unwanted pop-ups and text ads displayed within various websites. Furthermore, this browser add-on may self-install together with additional freeware downloaded from the Internet. Computer users should express cation when installing freeware, since many installers offer download of free Flash games together with the freeware that users install on their computers. The PlayBrite browser add-on, for example, is silently installed when Flash games are played on the website.

Many computer users report that they have installed this browser plug-in without their consent and feel annoyed by the unwanted ads. Users are advised not to click on ads 'powered by play bryte', since this may lead to inadvertent installation of additional unwanted programs or even malware. Whilst Play Bryte is not technically considered a computer virus, it is adware and users should remove it from their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox).

Play Bryte adware

Having the Play Bryte browser extension installed will lead to unwanted banner and in-line ads. This browser plug-in is similar to other adware such as Rival Gaming or All Games Home. If you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your Internet browsers without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.

Quick menu:

Play Bryte removal:

Windows 7 users:

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Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". 

Windows XP users:

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Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

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Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Play Bryte adware uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PlayBryte", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Play Bryte, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Play Bryte from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Play Bryte from Internet Explorer:

Play Bryte removal from Internet Exlorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "PlayBryte BHO" and disable this entry.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Play Bryte, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove Play Bryte from Google Chrome:

Play Bryte removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "PlayBryte", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of PlayBryte add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Play Bryte from Mozilla FireFox:

PlayBryte removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "PlayBryte".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with the removal of Play Bryte, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in PlayBryte Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of PlayBryte Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove PlayBryte Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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