What is ifishplayer?
Developed by Elementsoft, ifishplayer is a deceptive app identical to SharPlayer. It claims to provide functionality allowing users to create playlists of media stored on their PCs and videos from various streaming videos such as YouTube - "With ifishplayer you can create your own playlist adding your favourite internet video clips and video or audio stored on your PC."
Initially, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, ifishplayer is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealthily infiltrating the system, ifishplayer displays advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
The application generates various graphical advertisements (video, text, links, etc.) Some are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of any third party content on visited sites. None originate from the visited websites and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
There is a high probability that clicking these ads will redirect users to malicious sites containing infectious content. Thus, accidental clicks can result in a high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside of ifishplayer is information tracking.
This app continually monitors Internet browsing activity and gathers various information such as IP addresses, websites visited, cookies, pages viewed, search queries, operating system, browser types, etc. These details may be personally identifiable and shared with third party companies who can misuse them to generate revenue.
Therefore, having ifishplayer installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. We strongly recommend that you uninstall this adware immediately.
ifishplayer EULA towards advertising and data tracking:
ifishplayer is identical to SharPlayer, but also shares many similarities with other adware-type applications including Oh My Coupons, WordWizard, Games Desktop, NowUSeeIt Player, and FutureGames. These apps also claim to provide useful features, however, all adware is designed to trick users by offering various features.
Their sole purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, they display intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collect personal data (for sale to third parties).
How did ifishplayer install on my computer?
The developers usually distribute ifishplayer as a 'bundle' with regular (mostly free) applications. Research shows that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software and skip most steps. Aware of this, developers conceal rogue apps within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download/installation settings.
By rushing these processes users, often install PUPs such as ifishplayer inadvertently and expose their systems to risk of further infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Infiltration of adware-type apps can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, closely analyze the download and installation processes, and decline all unrecognized programs included.
Secondly, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, otherwise rogue applications will remain concealed and you will be unable to cancel them. The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download/installation processes.
ifishplayer adware installer set-up:
Screenshot of ifishplayer application:
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- What is ifishplayer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ifishplayer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ifishplayer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ifishplayer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ifishplayer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ifishplayer ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ifishplayer 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 "ifishplayer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ifishplayer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ifishplayer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, ifishplayer 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 ifishplayer 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 ifishplayer 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 ifishplayer 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 ifishplayer 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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