Remove “Ads by Media Player” virus (Removal Guide)

If you are seeing in-text and pop-ups from “Ads by Media Player” within Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, then your computer is infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program.
[Image: Ads by Media Player malware

[Image: Ads by Media Player virus]
The “Ads by Media Player” infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
Media Player it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP” or potentially unwanted program.

The “Ads by Media Player” pop-up is caused by an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation.
The “Ads by Media Player” browser extension is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install Media Player as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle the “Ads by Media Player” adware include “Youtube Downloader HD”, “Fast Free Converter”, “Mac Free Converter″ or “DVDX Player 3.2″.

Once installed, the Media Player 1.1 browser extension will highlight words on the websites that you are visiting transforming them into hyperlinks. These “Ads by Media Player” links are placed inside your text (hence the name), and they come with a double underline to differentiate them from normal links. Once the user rolls the mouse over the link the advertising will pop. Should the user click on the “Ads by Media Player” links the browser extension developer will get an affiliate revenue.
The “Ads by Media Player” browser extension will also display advertising banners on the webpages that you are visiting, and as you browse Internet, it will show coupons and other deals available on different websites.
These Media Player ads will be shown as boxes containing various coupons that are available or as underlined keywords, which when clicked will display an advertisement that states it is brought to you by “Ads by Media Player”.
[Image: Ads by Media Player pop-up]
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Media Player adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove “Ads by Media Player” adware (Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove “Ads by Media Player” from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Media Player 1.1 program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove “Ads by Media Player” browser extension from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove “Ads by Media Player” adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove “Ads by Media Player” virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the “Ads by Media Player” infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Media Player 1.1 program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the Media Player 1.1 program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Media Player and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Media Player 1.1 from Windows]

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Media Player program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.

Depending on what program has installed the Media Player adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.


STEP 2 : Remove “Ads by Media Player” browser extension from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove “Ads by Media Player” from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove Media Player virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove “Ads by Media Player” from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Ads by Media Player virus
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove “Ads by Media Player” from Google Chrome

  1. To remove the Media Player 1.1 extensions from this web browser, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
  2. In the Extensions tab, remove Media Player 1.1 and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    If you cannot remove the extension, and under the trash can you can see the “Installed by enterprise policy” text, then you will need to follow our “Remove Installed by enterprise policy extension from Chrome” guide.
    [Image: Ads by Media Player Chrome extensions]

STEP 3: Remove “Ads by Media Player” adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for Media Player malicious files and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for Media Player malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Media Player malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 5: Remove “Ads by Media Player” virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the Media Player malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Media Player as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Media Player virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Media Player]

STEP 6: Double-check for the “Ads by Media Player” infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Media Player malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for Media Player virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove Media Player adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the “Ads by Media Player” infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove “Ads by Media Player” virus from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • p

    thanks sososo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! compu running well now!!!!

  • Conrad White

    This worked perfectly in combination with your other guide to remove pop-up browser ads. Thanks so much! So glad I can have a normal browser again.
    Cheers

  • 헛발이

    Thanks

  • Roger Clarke-Johnson

    Thanks Stelian, but despite following your instructions the PUP lives! Here’s where the surgical procedure broke down. The WAS no Registry Entry with the offending alphabet-soup tag name of Ads By Media Player 1.1 I even search for, say, the first half of the 20-something character string. Nothing. I then manually went into the registry into the VERY SAME region where you claimed I would find it. Nothing! I then check Chrome/policy and found that the file lived NOT anywhere on my hard drive, but on the INTERNET itself: http://mediaply.net/mediaplayer/update/updateMediaPlayerV1alpha668.
    (The suffix is actually XML but I did not want the stupid PUP site link to make it’s way onto your blog)
    WHAT NOW??? I’ve had to switch back to using IE because the PUP is SO annoying.
    I already tried thoroughly Uninstalling and using Revo Installer to scrub clean every place Google stuff could hide.
    Downloaded a fresh Google and the PUP found its way to my door three minutes later. Stupid dog.

  • j

    Thanks

  • nagaraj

    thanks

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Can you please run a scan with Combofix and post the logs here so that I can get an idea on what’s going on:

    You can download ComboFix from here: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe

    VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save as Combo-Fix.exe during the download.ComboFix must be renamed before you download to your Desktop

    Close any open browsers.

    Very Important!!!> Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause “unpredictable results”.

    WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts

    Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.

    If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.

    1. Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.

    2. Accept the disclaimer and allow to update if it asks

    3. When finished, it shall produce a log for you.

    Notes:

    Do not mouse-click Combofix’s window while it is running. That may cause it to stall.

    Do not “re-run” Combofix. If you have a problem, reply back for further instructions.

    If after the reboot you get errors about programs being marked for deletion then reboot, that will cure it.

    Please post the Combofix, so that I can get an idea on what’s going on. Also let me know if the issue is solved or not.
    Stay safe!

  • Muhammad Usman

    Thanks Bud

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  • Lizzieee

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Can you please run a scan with Combofix and post the logs here so that I can get an idea on what’s going on:

    You can download ComboFix from here: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe

    VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save as Combo-Fix.exe during the download.ComboFix must be renamed before you download to your Desktop

    Close any open browsers.

    Very Important!!!> Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause “unpredictable results”.

    WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts

    Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.

    If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.

    1. Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.

    2. Accept the disclaimer and allow to update if it asks

    3. When finished, it shall produce a log for you.

    Notes:

    Do not mouse-click Combofix’s window while it is running. That may cause it to stall.

    Do not “re-run” Combofix. If you have a problem, reply back for further instructions.

    If after the reboot you get errors about programs being marked for deletion then reboot, that will cure it.

    Please post the Combofix, so that I can get an idea on what’s going on.
    Stay safe!

  • camille

    After I uninstalled the program (step 1), i tried to take out the extension via google chrome but ‘Media Player’ wasn’t in the list of extensions anymore? do i skip step 2?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Yes, if you have no malicious extensions within your web browser then you can skip STEP 2. :)

      Stay safe!

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    AdwCleaner is very good when it comes to toolbars and adware. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro are both great on-demand scanners, and you can use both….. Stay safe!