Remove pcplayz.com Pop Up Ads

Did you just get a popup from pcplayz.com and ponder where it came from? Did the pcplayz.com ad appear to have been initiated from a web site that under normal circumstances don't use advertising such as pop up windows? Or did the pcplayz.com pop up show up while you clicked a link on one of the big search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?

Here is how the pcplayz.com ad looked like on my computer:

pcplayz.com pop-up

(I'm sorry for the many watermarks. If I don't add them, the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs.)

Does this sound like what you see your machine, you almost certainly have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the pcplayz.com ads. So there's no use contacting the site owner. The advertisements are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you with the pcplayz.com removal in this blog post.

I found the pcplayz.com pop-up on one of the lab computers where I have some adware running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on site that usually don't show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove the pcplayz.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the pcplayz.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the pcplayz.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Firefox.

The issue with popups like this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the pcplayz.com ads removal:

  1. Examine what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see something that you don't remember installing or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your add-ons that you have in your browser. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also try to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your machine. Did that stop the popups?

  4. If that does not help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If nothing seems to solve the popups problem, you can try to block pcplayz.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here's a video tutorial showing FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the pcplayz.com pop-ups? What did you do to stop the pop up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the pcplayz.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!

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