How to remove the FPMPlayer application?

Also Known As: Ads by FPMPlayer
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove FPMPlayer from Mac?

What is FPMPlayer?

FPMPlayer is the name of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is distributed using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. In most cases, users download and install apps that are distributed using such methods unknowingly. It is important to mention that fake installers are often used to distribute multiple PUAs at once, therefore, it is likely that FPMPlayer is bundled alongside with some browser hijacker, adware-type app, or a PUA of another type.

FPMPlayer adware

It is likely that FPMPlayer is not malicious or harmful in some other way, however, apps that may be bundled with it should not be installed. As mentioned in the first paragraph, FPMPlayer could be distributed together with some browser hijacker, adware-type app, or potentially unwanted app of another type. The problem with browser hijackers is that they change the browser's setting without the user's permission. More precisely, they change settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and/or default search engine to an address of some fake search engine and do not allow to undo these changes as long as they are installed.

Adware is a type of software that displays advertisements, for example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. It is common that when users click those ads, they end up on questionable pages or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. It is important to mention that it is common for browser hijackers and adware-type apps to be designed to gather browsing-related data (like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries) or even sensitive information. What is worse, the collected information could be for identity theft or other malicious purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FPMPlayer
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (MacOS:Agent-NP [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-NP [Trj]), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) OS X Sandbox (EVADER), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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To summarize, users of the FPMPlayer application may have other potentially unwanted applications installed on their browsers and/or computers. It is strongly advisable not to have such apps installed, users of such apps are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft, having issues related to online privacy, browsing safety. More examples of apps that are distributed via fake installers are FlashPVideo, ActivityElement, and InitialProgram.

How did FPMPlayer install on my computer?

As mentioned in the first paragraph, FPMPlayer is distributed via a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. It is important to know that such installers can be used as tools to distribute malware (e.g., ransomware, Trojan-type malware) as well. Download and installation setups of other applications can be used to distribute PUAs too - by including PUAs in setups as additional offers. When users do not change their settings (for example, "Advanced", "Custom"), or do not untick certain checkboxes, they accept all included offers. Sometimes PUAs are distributed via deceptive ads. More precisely, by designing those ads to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), should not be used as sources, tools for downloading or installing apps. They should be downloaded from official pages and via direct download links. Download and installation processes should not be finished without checking setups for settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") and declining unwanted offers. Ads on dubious, unofficial pages should not be clicked as well. Those ads could open potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads, or even installations. Also, it is advisable not to have any suspicious, unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins, and/or add-ons installed on a browser or apps of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with FPMPlayer, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting FPMPlayer adware:

Delusive installer used to promote FPMPlayer adware

FPMPlayer in Applications folder:

fpmplayer adware in applications folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

FPMPlayer adware removal:

Remove FPMPlayer-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by fpmplayer related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by FPMPlayer removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by fpmplayer related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by fpmplayer related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by fpmplayer related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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