LivingPlay removal instructions
What is LivingPlay?
LivingPlay is a dubious application claiming to allow users play various arcade games. Many users believe that this program is legitimate and useful, however, LivingPlay often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, this app continually delivers intrusive online advertisements and monitors browsing activity. For these reasons, LivingPlay is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
LivingPlay generates pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements using a 'virtual layer' - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Thus, none of these ads originate from users' visited websites and conceal underlying content. This significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience. In addition, displayed advertisements often redirect users to dubious websites containing infectious content. There is a high probability that clicking them will lead to high-computer adware or malware infections. In addition, LivingPlay records search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and other similar information. On initial inspection, this data may seem insignificant, however, it might include personally identifiable details. Developers of LivingPlay share this gathered data with cooperating third parties who will misuse your personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall LivingPlay adware immediately.
There are a number of potentially unwanted programs identical to LivingPlay including Ad4Pop, ArcadeLoot, Kozzoo, and FunOnlinePlay. By falsely claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience, apps such as LivingPlay attempt to trick users into believing that they are legitimate. In fact, these apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Their purpose is to deliver intrusive online advertisements and record various private data. Most adware-type applications deliver no real value for regular users.
How did LivingPlay install on my computer?
This bogus program has an official download website, however, is also distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of PUPs with regular (mostly legitimate) software. By rushing and skipping most/all of the download/installation steps, developers intentionally conceal potentially unwanted programs such as LivingPlay within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings of the download/installation processes. By skipping this section, users threaten their privacy and expose their systems to risk of various infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent computer infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Secondly, cancel all additionally-included programs and decline all offers to download/install them. The key to computer safety is caution.
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- What is LivingPlay?
- STEP 1. Uninstall LivingPlay application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove LivingPlay adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove LivingPlay ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by LivingPlay' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove LivingPlay ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
LivingPlay adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "LivingPlay", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes LivingPlay ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove LivingPlay adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, LivingPlay did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the livingplay adware, 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 the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the livingplay adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with livingplay adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the livingplay adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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