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What is PlayVolcano?

PlayVolcano is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner and in-text link advertisements) web browser plugin distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page and search settings.

About  (from Pinball)

The Software will display to you targeted Web sites and/or advertisements that are hosted by third parties ("Third Party Hosted Advertisements"). These Third Party Hosted Advertisements may place cookies on your hard drive and use the cookies to tailor delivery of content to you by profiling your use of a site or adver...  Read more


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). The main program executable is PlayVolcanoSA.exe. The software installer includes 4 files and is usually about 1.26 MB (1,321,258 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PlayVolcano.
PlayVolcanoSA.exe (f298443fe6f779692caefa4c3d2640cc) has been flagged by the following 23 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir TR/HotBarBZ.A.3
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.HotBar
avast! 2014.9-130701 Win32:HotBar-BZ [Adw]
AVG 2014.0.3484 Skodna.Generic_r.L
Bitdefender Application.Generic.408814
Comodo Security 13717 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Zango.15
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Riskware.AdWare.Win32.Shopper!IK
eSafe Win32.Trojan
ESET-NOD32 7.7536 probably a variant of Win32/Adware.180Solutions
F-Prot v6. W32/180Solutions.D.gen
F-Secure 11.2013-01-07_2 Application.Generic.408814
G Data 13.7.22 Application.Generic.408814
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper
Jiangmin KV130701 Adware/HotBar.kb
K7 AntiVirus 13.153.7676 Adware
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.HotBar
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.94139 Win32.Malware.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7122 Artemis!F298443FE6F7
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7122 Artemis!F298443FE6F7
Sophos 4.81 Hotbar
Symantec 7/1/2013 rev. 2 WS.Reputation
VIPRE Antivirus 13322 Pinball Corporation
       View all 23 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Pinball Corporation.
URL: www.playvolcano.com
Help link: www.playvolcano.com/support.html
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\playvolcanosa\bin\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\PlayVolcanoSA\bin\\PlayVolcanoUninstaller.exe" Web
Estimated size: 1.26 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PlayVolcano

Program executable:PlayVolcanoSA.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • PlayVolcanoSACB.exe
  • (Malware detected) PlayVolcanoSA.exe
  • PlayVolcanoSAHook.dll
  • PlayVolcanoUninstaller.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • PlayVolcanoSA.exe is scheduled as a task named 'RunAsStdUser Task' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • PlayVolcanoSA.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PlayVolcanoSA' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\PlayVolcanoSA\bin\\PlayVolcanoSA.exe".
Network connections
  • PlayVolcanoSA.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.1 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1505500803%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.12724987%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02330021%
0.015104% average
Memory:19.09 MB
Total CPU:0.0883793500%
Kernel CPU:0.05774897%
User CPU:0.03063038%

How do I remove PlayVolcano?

Quickly and completely remove PlayVolcano from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall PlayVolcano 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 PlayVolcano, 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 PlayVolcano.
  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.
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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 7 15%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.23%
Windows XP 15.38%
Windows Vista 15.38%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.77%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.38%
Windows Vista Business 15.38%
Windows 7 Professional 7.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.37%
  Iran 15.79%
  Italy 10.53%
  Australia 5.26%
  Germany 5.26%
  France 5.26%
  India 5.26%
  Portugal 5.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.77%
ASUS 30.77%
Toshiba 7.69%
Samsung 7.69%
Dell 7.69%
Acer 7.69%
American Megatrends 7.69%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite Pro C66... 9.09%
Samsung R520/R522/R620 ... 9.09%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 9.09%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 9.09%
HP Compaq 6720s 9.09%
HP 520 Notebook PC 9.09%

About (from Pinball Corporation)

Pinball Corporation delivers online content and monetization solutions for small to mid-sized web publishers, and keyword-based online advertising solutions for direct-response and ecommerce marketers.
Publisher URL: www.pinballcorp.com


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