[toggle heading=”What is MediaPlayerPlus?”]MediaPlayerPlus (MediaPlayerPlus virus) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that claims to be a free media player, but it is not at all. This faux media player has taken several titles, including MediaPlayersvideos, VideoMediaPlusPlayers, and VidPlusMediaPlayer. All of these programs are the same and each one is detected as adware by reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware programs. There is no good that will come from this deceptive and unethical program. First of all, it bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malicious files. It can access user browsing data (such as all activities, bookmarks, and browser history) and it is known to inject websites with targeted advertisements based off of user browsing data in order to persuade users to click suspicious advertisements it feels they are most likely to click on. Advertisements displayed by this adware often contain text that says “Ads By MediaPlayerPlus” on them.
The MediaPlayerPlus virus and programs that it bundles with creates and schedules several tasks on Windows Task Scheduler and Windows Start-up settings in order to start the unwanted program every time you log into Windows.
The MediaPlayerPlus virus is not technically defined as a computer virus, but the program is still a destructive threat and sign of a serious computer infection. Potential MediaPlayerPlus malware has been identified to positively download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax and MediaPlayerVid1. This means that it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why it is recommended to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove MediaPlayerPlus and malicious files that it installs alongside with.
Advertisements displayed by this adware arrive in a variety of forms, including pop-under ads that take up an entire browser window and say “This ad is brought to you by MediaPlayerPlus.”
The MediaPlayerPlus extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Read and change your browsing history.
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
- Manage your downloads.
[toggle heading=”How does MediaPlayerPlus get onto a computer?”]MediaPlayerPlus adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more. The image below shows that it was advertised by popular freeware.
Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install MediaPlayerPlus adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.
In some cases, MediaPlayerPlus and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.[/toggle]
How to remove MediaPlayerPlus
- Step 1: Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall MediaPlayerPlus
- Step 3: Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
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Step 1: Remove MediaPlayerPlus add-ons and extensions
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.
Step 2: Uninstall MediaPlayerPlus
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. Search for MediaPlayerPlus and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.
4. Restart your computer.
Step 3: Scan your computer for malware
1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings
1. Download and install the free or full 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 unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.