How to remove PotPlayer Virus (Removal Guide)

PotPlayer virus

PotPlayer virus is a term often misused to describe a multimedia player for Windows operating systems. Although PotPlayer, also known as Global Potplayer is not currently recognized as a computer virus by over 70 popular Antivirus programs it is detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or potentially unwanted application (PUA:Win32) by Microsoft.


There are several severe security issues surrounding PotPlayer. This program has a history of being promoted by questionable advertising networks that may promote it alongside third-party malware, viruses, adware, spyware, and other threats and lead to its unwanted installation.

how its installed

Potentially malicious advertising networks may bolster this program as something it is not in order to persuade users to install it. A deceptive advertisement or offer may claim that PotPlayer is a necessary or update or program with a different title.

If PotPlayer is installed without your consent you may notice these symptoms:

  • Slow and sluggish computer
  • Windows loads slower
  • System disturbances and crashes
  • Blue screen
  • Data retention resulting in unethical telephone calls, junk mail, and email messages
  • Unauthorized bank and credit card transactions

The only way to stop this kind of threat from occurring is to stay alert and follow online safety guidelines or to use a reputable security program with real-time protection against active threats such as Malwarebytes Premium.

How to remove PotPlayer (Virus Removal Guide)

Follow the instructions to remove the PotPlayer virus and stop unwanted browser redirects to websites that track you online and collect your personal data.

step 1

Uninstall PotPlayer and other unwanted programs

Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) may be on your computer. We advise you to uninstall questionable programs that may have been installed through Apps and Features.

Windows 10

1. Right-click the Start menu (Windows icon in the taskbar) and go to Apps and Features.


2. Locate the program you want to remove, click it, and then click the Uninstall button.

Windows (Other)

1. Open the Start menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. Click Uninstall a program button.

3. Locate the program you want to remove, click it, and click Uninstall.

step 2

Scan your computer for malware and viruses

Malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs, and viruses may be present on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with Malwarebytes to detect and remove known threats.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

malwarebytes scan

2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the blue Scan button to begin scanning your computer for malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs. The scan may take several minutes to complete.

quarantine malwarebytes

3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot your computer.

step 3


Tracking files allow bad guys to track you online and changes to the Windows registry can cause numerous problems. Clean up your computer’s registry, remove tracking files, and remove junk files from your computer with CCleaner by Piriform.

1. Download and install CCleaner. CCleaner will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

take my pc health check

2. Once CCleaner is installed, click the Take my PC Health Check button or go to Health Check > Next and follow the instructions to begin checking your PC’s health.

3. When the scan is complete, click Make it better button to remove trackers, remove junk files, disable startup apps, and more.

scan for issues

4. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues to check your computer for registry issues.

5. When the scan is complete, click Fix selected Issues, backup the registry, and click Fix Issue or Fix All Issues.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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