Key Player virus
The Key Player virus (also found as the KeyPlayer virus, KeyDownload virus, KEYPLAYER media player 2.20-git, etc.; though not technically a computer virus) is a term used to identify a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and potential malware categorized as adware, a browser hijacker, and spyware that uses aggressive marketing techniques to infiltrate a Microsoft Windows computer system and attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer alongside browser add-ons, browser helper objects (BHOs), and extensions with or without user consent.
Potential KeyPlayer malware may utilize browser attachments or script in order to display targeted advertisements in the form of pop-ups and generic banners, as well as to corrupt internet browser settings, including the homepage and default search engine. This causes unwanted browser redirects to websites such as conduit.com or V9.
Key Player also displays pop-up and pop-under advertisements that may redirect users to suspicious websites including downloaddino.com and prompts an advertisement that says something similar to “Please install Key Player to continue” or “Update needed to continue.”
The Key Media Player interface may also suggest that users can “Start watching videos” by signing up for the program. It should be noted, that when experimenting with the program we noticed the program had issues playing videos (pictured below).
Potential Key Player malware and third-party items have also been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.
The Key Player virus will allow third-party malware to infect a computer system if a user is not paying attention during the install process.
How does Key Player malware get onto a computer?
Key Player often bundles with third-party freeware and shareware, as well as torrents from websites such as download.com and thepiratebay. Key Player is also aggressively marketed through a serious of “looping” or redirecting websites that may install the software once a user lands on a certain page or clicks a button or suggest that the software is needed.
In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Key Player and other items; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
How to remove the Key Player virus
- Automatically remove Key Player virus – Scan for and automatically remove Key Player and third-party malware
- Manually remove Key Player virus – Remove/Uninstall Key Player and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic Key Player virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Key Player malware and third-party parasites, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or purchase the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program and update the database if needed.
4. On the Dashboard click the large green Scan Now button.
5. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may state that potential malware or malware was detected. Click the Apply All Action button.
6. If files were quarantined, visit the History section and remove all files in the Quarantine selection.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Key Player.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Key Player and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Key Player (published by KeyDownload), etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Key Player virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Key Player and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Key Player
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel. If you are using Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner of the Desktop.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Key Player and KEYPLAYER media player 2.20-git (published by KeyDownload and KeyPlayer) and other potentially unwanted software such as v9 uninstaller or SupTab. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Key Player add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Key Player add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party browser attachments.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Key Player extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Key Player add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Key Player add-on and remove it if located.