What is videoplayernow[.]com?
Videoplayernow[.]com one of the pages that checks its visitor's IP address and then loads questionable content or opens a couple of (about two, three) potentially malicious pages. It is similar to zpreland[.]com, reverscaptcha[.]com, and 1video-online[.]me and hundreds of other pages.
Videoplayernow[.]com in detail
As a rule, pages like videoplayernow[.]com are promoted through other pages of this kind, various shady advertisements, and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that most users install unintentionally. In other words, it is uncommon for pages like videoplayernow[.]com to be visited on purpose.
At the time of the research, videoplayernow[.]com displayed deceptive messages encouraging to click the "Allow" button to start streaming a video (continue loading it safely) - like most pages of this type, videoplayernow[.]com used a clickbait technique to get permission to show notifications.
Neither videoplayernow[.]com or any similar page should be allowed to show notifications. Typically, after clicking the "Allow" button on pages of this kind users start receiving notifications with links to untrustworthy pages, deceptive advertisements, or other dubious content in them.
Another reason not to visit/trust the videoplayernow[.]com page is that it may open other shady websites. Typically, similar sites open various scam websites, download pages for adware, browser hijackers and other unwanted apps, or even malicious pages.
Some examples of websites that usually are promoted through sites like videoplayernow[.]com are "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons", " Chance To Win The New iPad Pro", and "Norton Antivirus 2021 Update".
As mentioned in the introduction, videoplayernow[.]com and similar websites often are promoted through PUAs. It is worth knowing because apps of this kind often are designed to collect data and (or) display ads.
More about PUAs
Those PUAs collect addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses. Sometimes those apps can read sensitive information as well.
The main reason why PUAs that gather various data should never be installed is collected data could be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used for marketing purposes, or misused for other purposes.
Also, PUAs can be monetized by designing them to generate banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, or other advertisements. Typically, by clicking those advertisements, users open dubious pages or even cause unwanted downloads, installations.
|Name||Ads by videoplayernow.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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)||
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Potentially unwanted applications and pages like videoplayernow in general
To summarize, the majority of websites like videoplayernow[.]com want to show notifications (and use a clickbait techniques to trick visitors into getting such permission) and promote questionable websites. It is common that end up on such pages when they have some PUA installed on a browser.
PUAs cannot be trusted too: most of them are useless to their users and can be the culprit of problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues. Apps of this kind should never be installed.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is popular to use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" for the distribution of potentially unwanted applications. More precisely, to include potentially unwanted apps in downloaders, installers for other programs as optional offers.
In most cases, offers to download or install potentially unwanted apps can be declined via the "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes before finishing downloads, installations. Users download or install PUAs together with other programs when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged.
In some cases, users download or install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. It is worth mentioning that ads of this type appear mostly on questionable pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Other sources (for example, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, questionable pages) can be used to distribute unwanted software or even malicious files, programs.
Downloaders and installers that have settings like "Advanced", "Custom", ticked checkboxes often include optional offers. For this reason, it is recommended to examine those downloaders, installers and decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads, installations.
Advertisements appearing on untrustworthy websites tend to open other pages of this kind or even download, install unwanted applications. It is advisable not to click on those ads as well.
Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system 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.
Appearance of videoplayernow[.]com website (GIF):
Notification from videoplayernow[.]com:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is videoplayernow[.]com?
- 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.
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 videoplayernow[.]com 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 eliminate ads delivered by videoplayernow[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
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 ads by videoplayernow.com, 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 ads by videoplayernow.com 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 ads by videoplayernow.com, 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.
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 ads by videoplayernow.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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