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iPlay Search

Posted: June 27, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 61
First Seen: June 27, 2017
Last Seen: November 9, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The iPlay Search is a clone of GoPlay Search, a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) whose installation is meant to provide users with quick and convenient access to a huge library of free-to-play online flash games. While it is undeniable that the installation of the iPlay Search brings a large number of free games to the user's Web browser, it is also important to mention that none of the games the iPlay Search promotes are hosted by the publishers of this browser extension. Instead, the iPlay Search simply refers users to 3rd-party online gaming portals, which host these games and can be accessed for free.

The installation of the iPlay Search may also bring unwanted and unnecessary changes to the settings of the Google Chrome browser. The extension appears to be compatible with just Google Chrome, and users who end up installing it might be disappointed to find out that the installation process will replace their current new tab page with a new one, which is linked to the iPlay Search. The new tab page the iPlay Search promotes hosts a search engine, quick links to popular websites, as well as a small collection of games that can be accessed easily.

Although the iPlay Search does not display unsafe behavior, we advise our readers to consider removing this program if they have it on their computers. The iPlay Search may not be reliable because it forces users to utilize the services of a 3rd-party search engine, and software that does this should not be trusted. Removing the iPlay Search is a task that users can carry out manually by uninstalling the iPlay Search from the Google Chrome's settings, or they also can take advantage of security software, which will remove the Potentially Unwanted Program automatically.