FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

How to remove the Mie Player?

Also Known As: Lumia Player
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

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).

Mie Player pop-up redirects

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 Summary:
Name Lumia Player
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 Combo Cleaner.
▼ Download Combo Cleaner
To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Mie Player's installer:

mie player adware installer

Mie Player running in Task Manager as "SumatraPDF" (its name may vary):

mie player adware running in ask manager as sumatrapdf

Instant automatic malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Combo Cleaner By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.

Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

Mie Player adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Mie Player  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing Mie Player ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the lumia player, 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 Mie 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 Mie Player ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 lumia player, 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.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Mie 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 Mie Player ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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

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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove lumia player from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on lumia player or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Click to post a comment

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

About PCrisk

PCrisk logo

PCrisk is a cyber security portal, informing Internet users about the latest digital threats. Our content is provided by security experts and professional malware researchers. Read more about us.

Software uninstall instructions
Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

QR Code
Lumia Player QR code
Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Lumia Player on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Windows malware infections today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW
Download Combo Cleaner

Platform: Windows

Editors' Rating for Combo Cleaner:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.