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Should I remove Play Now Radio?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
73% remove it27% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,687
United States Rank #25,278
Reach 0.0295%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.36 days
276.16 days >
Average installed length: 145.10 days

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Play Now Radio

What is Play Now Radio?

This potentially unwanted ad-supported program will bundled a number of adware applications on install including:

Revenue hits
Jolly wallet
Ac plus

About  (from Montiera Technologies)

100% Free and Legal HD radio music streamer. Enjoy Millions of Songs. Thousands of Artists. Just type in an artist - and your first station starts playing right away. Discover new music you're likely to like.


Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The main program executable is playnowradio.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 13 files and is usually about 560.12 KB (573,559 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Play Now Radio.
playsetup.exe (0300d76480202c34aa17bcdbef15a205) has been flagged by the following 30 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 662 Adware.PayByAds.A
ALYac Adware.PayByAds.A
AVG 2016.0.3140 Paybyads
Avira Adware/Montiera.447336
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International Hacktool.Win32.Montiera.b
Bitdefender Adware.PayByAds.A
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
CAT-QuickHeal Downloader.Montiera.r5 (Not a Virus)
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.PayByAds
ESET-NOD32 9.11048 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.R
Fortinet FortiGate 4/13/2015 Riskware/Montiera
F-Secure 11.2015-13-04_2 Adware.PayByAds.A
G Data 15.4.24 Adware.PayByAds
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:Downloader.Montiera
K7 AntiVirus 13.191.14703 Unwanted-Program
Kaspersky not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Montiera
Malwarebytes v2015.04.13.07 PUP.Optional.PlayNowRadio.A
McAfee 5600.6796 Artemis!0300D7648020
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6796 BehavesLike.Win32.PUP.gh
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.PayByAds.A
nProtect Adware.PayByAds.A
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM10.1.Malware.Gen
Sophos 4.98 PayByAds
Symantec 4/13/2015 rev. 2 Trojan.Gen
Trend Micro 10.465.13 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EAA15
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.103 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EAA15
VIPRE Antivirus 36840 Montiera (fs)
Zillya Downloader.Montiera.Win32.34
playnowradio.exe (2d7f53e5391d8c48343121937abfa439) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.PayByAds.A
ALYac Adware.PayByAds.A
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[Downloader:not-a-virus]/Win32.Montiera
AVG Paybyads.893
Avira ADWARE/Adware.Gen7
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International Hacktool.Win32.Montiera.aaqb
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.PayByAds.A
Comodo Security 20417 ApplicUnwnt
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.PayByAds.A (B)
ESET-NOD32 10905 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.Q
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/Montiera
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.PayByAds.A
G Data 24 Adware.PayByAds.A
Kaspersky not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Montiera.b
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.PlayNowRadio.A
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.PayByAds.A
nProtect 2014-12-19.01 Adware.PayByAds.A
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Downloader.42e
Sophos 4.98.0 PayByAds
VIPRE Antivirus 35900 Montiera (fs)
       View all 52 all detections
Play Now Radio has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.
Find out how to remove Play Now Radio.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: playnowradio
URL: www.playnowradio.com
Help link: cdn.montiera.com/apps/playnowradio/info/privacy.html
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\playnowradio\playnowradio\
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\playnowradio\playnowradio\\playnowradio.exe /uninstl
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 560.12 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Play Now Radio

Program executable:playnowradio.exe
Name:Play now radio
Additional files:
  • chrmXtn.dll
  • ffxtn.dll
  • chromext.dll
  • firefoxt.dll
  • gimhokpg.dll
  • instl.js
  • J6l1agin.dll
  • mfencogi.dll
  • playnowradio.crx
  • (Malware detected) playsetup.exe (by Pay By Ads LTD)
  • QKdlm3bd.dll
  • res.dll (by Pay By Ads LTD)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • playsetup.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Play Now Radio Updater' (Next runs on 24/12/2014 at 13:45).
  • playnowradio.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Play Now Radio' (Next runs on 24/12/2014 at 13:45).
Startup File (User Run)
  • playnowradio.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Play Now Radio' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\playnowradio\playnowradio\\playnowradio.exe.

How do I remove Play Now Radio?

Quickly and completely remove Play Now Radio from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Download "Should I Remove It?", it's FREE!Remove Play Now Radio from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Play Now Radio from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Play Now Radio, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Play Now Radio.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Play Now Radio you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win XP 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 73%
Keep it 27%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.27%
Windows 8 42.05%
Windows Vista 4.26%
Windows XP 1.42%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.43%
Windows 8.1 16.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.00%
Windows 8 11.14%
Windows 7 Professional 7.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

12.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 12.08%
  Italy 8.72%
  United Kingdom 5.70%
  India 5.70%
  Australia 4.70%
  France 4.70%
  Netherlands 4.70%
  Canada 4.03%
  Belgium 3.36%
  Brazil 3.02%
  Spain 2.68%
  Israel 2.68%
  Germany 2.35%
  Poland 2.01%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.36%
Acer 20.65%
Dell 16.19%
ASUS 11.34%
Toshiba 6.48%
Lenovo 5.67%
Samsung 4.86%
Intel 1.62%
Medion 0.81%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.12%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.76%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.40%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.72%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.72%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.04%

comments2 comments

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Rawrover a year ago
Play Now Radio doesn't show up in my Remove/Uninstall panel or in the Should I Remove It? program window. So I can't remove it using this or the other way it suggested.
user comment
Nickover a year ago
My Windows 7 uninstall function has been corrupted by Play Now Radio and the Microsoft Fix It tool requires a product code to remove it, which doesn't exist.