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How to remove apps related to videoplayernow.com?

Also Known As: Ads by videoplayernow.com
Damage level: Medium

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 pop-up redirects

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.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by videoplayernow.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 109.206.187.4
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.
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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):

videoplayernow[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Notification from videoplayernow[.]com:

videoplayernow.com ads notification

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome:

Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:

Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:

Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):

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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

How to avoid browser notification spam?

Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.

Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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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.

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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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