Google Chrome extension called PlayJunkie Start may appear as safe browser extension. It claims to be useful especially when user is inclined to online games. It is endorsed as extension for quick games click-and-visit experience. However, during our own tests, it is observed that PlayJunkie Start is part of large group of potentially unwanted program (PUP) that also created StreamJunkie Search, FilmsJunkie Search, and many more. This type of threat usually infiltrates the computer without user’s consent.
A number of freeware hosted on various websites are being utilized recently to spread PlayJunkie Start. It can be an added content to free utilities, games, media player, download manager, and bogus Adobe flash player update. Hence, be watchful when obtaining games especially if the source is unpopular. It is still highly favorable to obtain program only from official websites and legitimate partners.
Always be cautious when installing freeware to avoid getting compromised with PUP like PlayJunkie Start. Run the installer package in ‘Custom’ mode. This way, there is a chance to exclude surplus software and install only the preferred application. In addition, scanning the downloaded file is highly recommended to check if it contains malicious objects.
Removal of PlayJunkie Start is the only way to restore the browser to its normal working condition. On this page is a simple guide to get rid of the threat easily. As suggested, thoroughly scan the computer with virus and malware removal tool to locate and delete deeply hidden files associated to PlayJunkie Start.
Please note that there is another variant of this adware and it is called PlayJunkie Search. It claims to be a useful Google Chrome extension that is helpful in searching the web for free unlimited games.
How to Remove PlayJunkie Start
This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.
Procedures on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by computer users.
Step 1 : Remove PlayJunkie Start from Google Chrome
We are presenting various options to remove PlayJunkie Start from Google Chrome browser using only internal functions and approach. Most of browser annoyances can be fixed via these processes. If PlayJunkie Start persists after executing these steps, it is better to run anti-malware scan as suggested below.
Option 1 – Delete Malicious Extension from Chrome Browser
One way to remove PlayJunkie Start from Google Chrome is simply to delete the Extension. Please follow these steps:
1. Open Google Chrome browser.
2. Type the following in the address bar: chrome://extensions
3. On Extensions window, please delete PlayJunkie Start by clicking on Remove or Trash icon.
4. Google Chrome will prompt for the confirmation of PlayJunkie Start removal. Please click on Remove button to proceed.
5. You may now restart Chrome browser.
Option 2 – Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings
Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from PlayJunkie Start. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.
1. Open Google Chrome application.
2. In the address bar, please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.
3. Scroll down, then click Advanced…
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset and Clean Up section.
5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset Settings to proceed.
This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by PlayJunkie Start. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data.
Option 3 – Use Google Chrome Clean Up Feature
1. On Google Chrome address bar, input this string: chrome://settings/cleanup and then press Enter on keyboard.
2. Click Find button to start scanning the computer.
Step 2 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall PlayJunkie Start
The main cause of homepage hijacking and browser redirect could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.
1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list. Alternatively, press Windows key + R on keyboard and run appwiz.cpl command.
2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.
3. Look for and remove PlayJunkie Start entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.
4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.
Step 3 : Scan the computer with MBAM Tool
1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)
2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file mb3-setup-consumer-x.x.x.xxxx.exe.
3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.
4. At the last stage of installation process, click Finish to run the program.
5. On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware console, select Scan from the menu to see available Scan Method.
6. Next, click on Threat Scan. This is the most comprehensive scan method that will surely find any hidden items linked to PlayJunkie Start.
7. Click Start Scan button to begin checking the computer.
8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats including PlayJunkie Start and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.
Step 4 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner
1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)
2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.
3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.
4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to PlayJunkie Start. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.
5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.
6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.