What kind of application is Video Player?
While inspecting a shady page, our team discovered a browser extension called Video Player. After testing the app, we found that it generates advertisements (it is an advertising-supported application). It is not recommended to have any adware added to a browser, especially if it was downloaded from an untrustworthy source.
Video Player in detail
Video Player is described as a browser extension that provides simple ways to open any YouTube video or playlist (including videos and playlists embedded in other sites/pages). However, it bombards users with annoying advertisements (banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, etc.). Those ads conceal the contents of visited pages.
Moreover, clicking on ads displayed by Video Player may open phishing pages, technical support scam sites, download pages for shady apps, or even malicious sites. It is important to mention that adware can show ads designed to start downloads or even installations.
|Name||Ads by Video Player|
|Symptoms||Your computer 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 (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
Adware is software that shows unwanted advertisements. Usually, users download and install (or add) adware inadvertently. It is very common for software of this type to be promoted as useful. However, it rarely functions as its developers claim. More adware examples are Make It Dark, what color, and Helperate.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is known that Video Player is promoted using a deceptive page claiming that it might be required to add this extension to a web browser. It gets added after following the instructions provided on that shady website. Also, Video Player has an official page.
Also, adware is distributed via shady advertisements and software bundles (it is included in downloaders and installers). Users agree to download/install adware when they leave "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced", or similar settings unchanged during download/installation processes.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Deselect unwanted applications using the provided settings (in downloaders/installers) before downloading and installing software. Do not click on advertisements or notifications displayed by shady web pages.
Download applications from legitimate sources such as official pages and stores. Do not use third-party downloaders, P2P networks, shady pages, and similar sources to download them. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive page promoting Video Player:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Video 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.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 Video Player adware 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 "Video Player", and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by video 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 ads by video 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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
In most cases, adware diminishes the web browsing experience (its shows intrusive advertisements) and slows down a computer. Also, it can invade privacy.
What does adware do?
It displays annoying advertisements (e.g., banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons). Sometimes, it can manipulate the setting of a web browser and collect information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
One of the most popular ways to monetize adware is to promote various products, services, websites, etc., using affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Video Player adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system (and a browser). It is noteworthy that sometimes it is difficult to remove adware without leaving any files (or other components) in the system. Thus, it is recommended to use Combo Cleaner for removal.