VMC Media Player Adware

Also Known As: VMC Media Player scam
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

VMC Media Player removal instructions

What is VMC Media Player?

VMC Media Player is a rogue application claiming to allow users to play various audio and video formats. Initially, this app may appear legitimate and useful, however, VMC Media Player is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This application infiltrates systems without users' permission, displays fake Windows errors, and records various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

VMC Media Player adware

After stealth system infiltration, VMC Media Player displays a variety of error messages claiming that the system is infected with high-risk malware. These messages encourage users to contact a certain "technical support group" via a telephone number provided. The appearance of these messages is similar to genuine Windows errors, therefore, may seem legitimate. Be aware, however, that these "technicians" often ask victims to make payments in exchange for help that is not actually needed - there are no viruses . These people are scammers, and warnings regarding infection are merely attempts to trick users into calling them. In addition, VMC Media Player gathers various information relating to Internet browsing activity including IP addresses, website URLs visited, search queries, etc. This information may seem significant, however, it might contain private details that are misused to generate revenue. The presence of a data-tracking application on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to ignore all error messages and eliminate VMC Media layer immediately.

VMC Media Player is similar to hundreds of other adware-type applications also offering a variety of 'valuable functions'. BrowsingGuard, QkSee, OtherSearch - these are just some examples from many. Be aware that the only purpose of apps such as VMC Media Player is to generate revenue for the developers - they are often useless for regular users. Rather than providing the functionality promised, these apps waste computer resources, record personally identifiable information, deliver intrusive online advertisements, and cause unwanted browser redirects.

How did VMC Media Player install on my computer?

This PUP is distributed using an official download website and a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software). Developers hide PUPs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Skipping this section can lead to inadvertent installation of bogus programs such as VMC Media Player. The more developers promote this application, the more revenue they generate. Thus, they never disclose these installations properly.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of apps such as VMC Media Player can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, cancel all additionally-included applications and decline all offers to download/install them.

Screenshot of a fake Windows error message displayed by VMC Media Player:

VMC Media Player fake error message

Text presented within this error message (please do not call any telephone numbers listed - it is a scam):

A problem has been detected and windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer,
If this screen appears again, follow these steps: or CONTACT US +1(866)933-5430 Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.
If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Start Windows normally to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Start Windows normally.
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Technical information:
*** Registry error: 0x00D1 (0x00C,0x002,0x00,0xF86B5A89)
*** gv3.sys - Address F86B5A89 base at F86B5000, DateStamp 3dd9919eb
Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance. CONTACT US +1(866)933-5430
CONTACT US +1(866)933-5430

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Quick menu:

VMC Media Player adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

VMC Media Player adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "VMC Media Player", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes VMC Media Player ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove VMC Media Player adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, VMC Media Player did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing VMC Media Player ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing VMC Media Player ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vmc media player scam, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing VMC Media Player  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing VMC Media Player ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vmc media player scam, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing VMC Media Player ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing VMC Media Player ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with vmc media player scam removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vmc media player scam, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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