What is SharPlayer?
Developed by SoftForce LLC, the SharPlayer application supposedly allows users to create a playlist of videos from various streaming sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. - "SharPlayer lets you grab videos from Youtube, Vimeo and other streaming websites. Just copy the URLs to mix and match all your favorite videos and create amazing playlists in seconds!"
Some users may believe that this app is legitimate and useful, however, SharPlayer is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). SharPlayer stealthily infiltrates systems, tracks Internet browsing activity, and displays intrusive ads. All this is performed without users' consent.
SharPlayer generates text, link, sound, video, and other similar advertisements. All ads are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited sites. None of the ads originate from the visited websites, and some conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Others might redirect to bogus sites containing malicious content, and thus, accidental clicks can lead to high-risk computer infections. SharPlayer gathers the following types of information: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), browser and operating system type, installed applications, computer hardware, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, cookies, etc.
This collected data may contain personally identifiable details that are later shared with third parties and misused to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of SharPlayer on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall SharPlayer immediately.
SharPlayer EULA regarding advertising and information tracking:
This application is simply regular adware and similar to hundreds of other PUPs. As with SharPlayer, Oh My Coupons, NetRadio, KeyStream, and PopDown also falsely claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience simply to trick users to install.
Rather than providing the functionality promised, adware-type applications merely display advertisements and collect personal data. Their purpose is to generate as much revenue for the developers as possible - users receive no real value.
How did SharPlayer install on my computer?
SharPlayer usually infiltrates systems during installation of other apps. This deceptive software marketing method is called 'bundling'. Developers hide rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, which are likely to be skipped by many users.
By rushing the download and installation processes, users commonly skip most steps and go on to inadvertently install PUPs, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All software should be installed with caution. Rogue applications such as SharPlayer are usually concealed, and therefore, you should check the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings section - here, offers to install additional programs can be declined.
SharPlayer adware installer set-up:
Screenshot of the SharPlayer application:
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- What is SharPlayer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SharPlayer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SharPlayer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SharPlayer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SharPlayer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SharPlayer ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SharPlayer 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 "SharPlayer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SharPlayer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SharPlayer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, SharPlayer did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the sharplayer 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the sharplayer 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 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 sharplayer 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 sharplayer 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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