Search.hplayfreemusic.co Redirect

Also Known As: Play Free Music browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.hplayfreemusic.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.hplayfreemusic.com?

search.hplayfreemusic.co is a search engine, a browser hijacker also known as Play Free Music. It is installed on your web browser in a form of add-on or extension. It could also be installed as a program on your computer. Play Free Music is software distributed by a company called Polarity Technologies Ltd., and is not the only software distributed by this company. If you have the Play Free Music browser hijacker installed on your browser, then you will notice that the default search engine now looks different. The Play Free Music search engine contains two search boxes (one in the top-left corner and one in the middle of the page). It also contains various icons with links, and links to websites such as youtube.com, soundcloud.com, spotify.com, iheartradio.com, pandora.com, espn.com, amazon.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com, twitter.com and instagram.com. It also shows current local time and weather. It encourages you to visit a National Weather Agency website or read news on 5thavenuenews.com This fake search engine may seem similar to search engines such as search.youreasyemailsh.com, search.thenewssource.co and search.hinstantgamesnow.com - all are distributed by the same company, Polarity Technologies Ltd., and redirect to search.yahoo.com, which is a search engine owned by Yahoo. You can see that this is a music-related browser hijacker, since the links redirect to pages such as YouTube, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify.

search.hplayfreemusic.com browser hijacker

search.hplayfreemusic.co is a web browser hijacker that can be installed on virtually any popular web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer. Its form depends on the web browser. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, then it is installed as a program on your Windows computer. If Mozilla Firefox is your default browser, Play Free Music is installed in a form of add-on. If you are using Safari or Google Chrome, it is installed as an extension. When installed, the Play Free Music browser hijacker is permitted to change the default home page (your default search engine) to search.hplayfreemusic.co, including the browser's built-in search box and address bar if applicable. It also adds search-related services, error page functionality (if applicable), and installs first-party publisher or Partner Cookies. When you enter an enquiry into a search box and press the search button, you are redirected to search.yahoo.com, which is a search engine owned by Yahoo.

The Play Free Music browser hijacker is one of many browser hijackers on the Internet and has identical purposes - to claim to be a legitimate search engine and collect information about your online behaviour, or generate revenue by redirecting you to specific websites. Most browser hijackers offer links to various websites, some of which might be popular, whilst others, unknown. By visiting these websites, you might receive various unwanted ads, or worse, your computer might become infected with malware.

How did search.hplayfreemusic.com install on my computer?

Browser hijackers such as Play Free Music are usually bundled into software as an extra programs and are delivered in a form of add-on, extension, or a separate program in the operating system. Browser hijackers are deployed as additional options (or features), which can be opted-out, however, in many cases, users rush through the installation steps without checking the "Custom" or "Advanced" installation options or without unchecking the checkboxes staing that they agree/want to install a particular program (such as Play Free Music). This is mostly how hijackers are installed on browsers, however, there are cases where browser hijackers are installed through torrents, download managers or email attachments.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent potentially unwanted applications such as the Play Free Music browser hijacker from being installed on your browser, we recommend that you install software with caution, especially if it is free or downloaded from unofficial sources. Do not hurry when going through the installation steps, and check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar options. Try not to miss any checkbox and ensure that you do not agree to download software that you do not need. Checkboxes are ticked by default, and this is how browser hijackers are installed. Also, try to avoid downloading software through software download managers. Keep your antivirus real-time protection enabled and your browser updated. Do not click suspicious links you receive via emails or elsewhere on the Internet. If your computer is already infected with Play Free Music, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Play Free Music browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Play Free Music browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Play Free Music browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.hplayfreemusic.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Play Free Music"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.hplayfreemusic.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Play Free Music browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hplayfreemusic.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Play Free Music".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the play free music browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Play Free Music" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hplayfreemusic.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.hplayfreemusic.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the play free music browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "Play Free Music", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove Play Free Music and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hplayfreemusic.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with play free music browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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