Mie Player adware removal instructions
What is Mie Player?
Adware refers to a type of unwanted software that displays advertisements. Mie Player (also known as Lumia Player) is classified as adware too. It is likely that this app not only generates advertisements but also collects browsing-related or other information. It is worthwhile to mention that most users download and install adware-type applications like Mie Player unintentionally. For this reason, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Judging by its name, Mie Player (or Lumia Player) is supposed to function as some media (audio, video) player. Although, it is known that the main purpose of this app is to generate its developer revenue by displaying pop-up ads, banners, coupons, surveys, and (or) other advertisements. It is common that applications like Mie Player generate ads used to advertise questionable, potentially malicious websites. In some cases, their ads are used to distribute unwanted software: if clicked, those ads execute scripts designed to download or even install some potentially malicious software. Therefore, it is strongly advisable against clicking on advertisements that apps like Mie Player display. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is possible that Mie Player is designed to gather various information. It is common that apps categorized as PUAs target details like Internet Protocol addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, visited websites, etc. However, adware-type apps can be capable of reading sensitive details too, for example, passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details. It is not safe to have adware installed on a browser or the operating system. Collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used for marketing purposes, or monetized in some another way.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names (Installer)||Avast (Win32:AdwareX-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Application.DealAlpha.2.Gen), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Vosteran.heur), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Vigorf.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (Application)||Avast (Win32:AdwareX-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Cerbu.91554), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HJQR), Fortinet (W32/Kryptik.GZFR!tr), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.DD!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
In conclusion, adware-type apps are designed mainly to display advertisements. However, apps of this type can be used as data collectors as well. It is worthwhile to mention that there are adware-type apps that change browser settings (promote a certain fake search engine). In such cases, they change the address of a default search engine, homepage and (or) new tab to an address of a specific fake search engine. In one way or another, it is never safe to have an app of this type installed. If a browser or the operating system has Mie Player installed on it, then this app should be removed as soon as possible. More adware examples are Pictures Lab, InstaQuick, and TabOptimizer.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is popular to distribute PUAs by integrating them in downloaders and installers for other programs as additional offers (to bundle PUAs with other programs). Typically, users can decline unwanted offers by unticking ticked checkboxes or changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Either way, it can be done before finishing downloads, installations. Although, when users leave the aforementioned settings unchanged (download or install programs without changing any settings), they allow for bundled apps to be downloaded or installed too. In other cases, users cause unwanted downloads and installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements. Although, only when they click on ads designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Questionable sources for downloading files, programs should not be used. More precisely, various third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial websites. Third-party installers should not be used too. They often are used to distribute unwanted software. Therefore, it is recommended to download files, programs from official websites and via direct links. Advertisements displayed on shady pages can open other unreliable websites or even download, install unwanted software. It is advisable not to click on those ads as well. One more way to avoid unwanted downloads, installations is to check downloaders and installers for settings like "Custom", "Advanced", or some checkboxes to see if they mention bundled applications. Suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, extensions, and programs of this kind that are already installed should be removed. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Mie Player's installer:
Mie Player running in Task Manager as "SumatraPDF" (its name may vary):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Mie Player?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Mie Player redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lumia player, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with lumia player removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lumia player, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lumia player, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove lumia player from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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