What is MediaPlayer?
MediaPlayer is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to enhance the playing of online video and audio files. On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, MediaPlayer is classed as adware.
A deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) is employed in MediaPlayer distribution and is the main reason for these negative associations.
After infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent, MediaPlayer generates intrusive online advertisements (banner, pop-up, etc.) that may redirect to bogus websites containing infectious content, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
Another important downside of this rogue add-on is that it tracks various Internet browsing-related information, including IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, etc. This collected data may contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, the presence of MediaPlayer adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft.
Neither MediaPlayer, nor any of these other add-ons, provide any significant value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected information with third parties. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate MediaPlayer from your system immediately.
At time of research, most adware applications, including MediaPlayer, were distributed via small programs called 'installers' (also called 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and so on.
These websites employ installers as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of third-party applications or browser add-ons. Although these apps are described as 'legitimate and virus-free', most are classed as adware or malware.
These infections can be avoided by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and ensuring that no additional programs are included.
Furthermore, applications downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed MediaPlayer, the following instructions will guide you through removal of this adware from your system.
Pop-ups promoting installation of the MediaPlayer browser add-on.
MediaPlayer add-on generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by MediaPlayer'):
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- What is MediaPlayer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MediaPlayer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MediaPlayer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MediaPlayer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by MediaPlayer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MediaPlayer ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MediaPlayer adware removal:
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 "MediaPlayer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes MediaPlayer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove MediaPlayer adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "MediaPlayer", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mediaplayer adware, 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "MediaPlayer", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mediaplayer adware, 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 plugins 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 "MediaPlayer 3.2.5".
Computer users who have problems with mediaplayer adware 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 mediaplayer adware, 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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