What is Almond Media Player and how do I remove it? (Free Guide)
Almond Media Player
Learn what Almond Media Player is and how to remove it and other threats such as malware, adware, ransomware, and viruses from your computer.
What is Almond Media Player?
Almond Media Player by New Media Holdings (also called Almond Player) is promoted as free software that can be used to watch high quality videos from your desktop. However, depending where you download the program, the executable setup file for Almond Media Player might be detected as malicious and dangerous by Google Chrome and you will usually be restricted from downloading it while using the browser. Third-party security programs also recognize the setup file as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware because it uses various methods to install additional programs that can be considered malicious. The AlmondMediaPlayer.exe file is not currently detected as malicious by any Antivirus engines.
Malicious Almond Media Player files are known to download alongside other unwanted programs, adware, spyware, and malware that can cause additional issues. Additional threats that the program files bundle with can establish a connection to remote sites in order to track your data. They can also display advertisements while you browse the web or on Windows desktop and modify your browser and computer settings to show you sponsored search results.
A concern with Almond Media Player is that it is advertised on websites that usually display malicious advertisements and host malware. New Media Holdings seems to allow this type of marketing and does not make an effort to avoid it. This means that if you found Almond Media Player installed on your computer without your previous consent or knowledge it is likely that your computer was introduced to other threats such as Free FLV Player and Wiseman. Other threats must be eliminated immediately before they put your personal information and computer functionality at risk.
How did Almond Media Player get on my computer?
Almond Media Player can be downloaded from a variety of locations on the web. The biggest problem with the program is that it is advertised by malicious advertising networks and platforms that also download and install third-party threats. In some cases, Almond Media Player is known to install without consent and knowledge of the user. Existing PUPs and malware on the computer load the program after they have infected the machine.
If you download and install other freeware that is not Almond Media Player you might be given the option to install Almond Media Player during the setup process. Freeware download managers often offer Almond Media Player as a custom or advanced installation option and give you a chance to accept or decline to install Almond Media Player and other programs. If you do not opt out from installing the program it will begin to install in the background while you install said freeware. The way that the custom installation is presented can also be complex and arranged to trap you into installing programs you chose not to install. It’s advised to be alert when installing free programs from the internet and to keep an eye out for custom installation presentations to avoid any confusion and security risks from reaching your computer.
How to remove Almond Media Player
Scan your computer for malware
1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to scan your computer and remove malicious files and potentially unwanted programs.
2. To install the program, click the file you just downloaded. It can usually be located in the Download folder.
3. A window that says “Welcome to the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard” will appear. Click Agree and Install to begin the installation. Once complete, click Finish.
4. Now the Malwarebytes is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
5. When the scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.
6. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.
7. Next, Download HitmanPro to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.
8. Once installed, open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
9. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
10. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
11. Click the Reboot button.
Uninstall Almond Media Player from your computer
1. On most versions of the Windows Operating System, right click the start menu (bottom left corner of the task bar) and go to Apps and Features.
2. Find Almond Media Player in the list of installed programs, click it with your mouse, and click the Uninstall button that appears to uninstall Almond Media Player.
How to stay protected against future infections
Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time potection features that can block malicious files before they get onto your computer. The two programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals in real-time; disallowing threats and hackers from getting onto your machine.
The guidelines listed below are a great way to help you maintain a safe environment and ensure that the files on your computer are intact.
- Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
- Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
- Avoid visiting fake “spyware removal” blogs and websites that promote “spyware removal software.” These are usually malicious websites designed to phish your personal information, infect your computer with a rogue program and trick you into paying for rogue “spyware removal software.”
- If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
- Avoid torrents and P2P clients
- Do not open email messages from senders you do not know