The FirePlayer is an adware which also known as ad-supported’ software that is created only for one purpose – display advertisements or redirect your web browser to various ‘ad’ web sites. This type of potentially unwanted software does not delete files or infect them, but can change some computer settings in order to display lots of unwanted advertisements within the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge and other internet browsers. All the time, while the FirePlayer adware is running, your web-browser will be fill with annoying ads. Moreover, this ‘ad supported’ software will be able to collect a huge count of information about you, everything related to what are you doing on the Internet. Thus, it is clear that the presence of adware on your PC system is not desirable, and you need to clean up your PC in order to get rid of FirePlayer ads as soon as possible.
The FirePlayer adware may insert lots of advertisements directly to the web-sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the web site. Moreover, a legal advertising banners may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious applications. Moreover, the ad-supported software has the ability to collect a ton of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, some ad supported software to also alter all browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to undesired ad web-pages, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole system more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Table of contents
- What is FirePlayer
- Remove ads by FirePlayer in Windows
- How to manually remove FirePlayer
- Scan your system and delete FirePlayer ads with free utilities
- Run AdBlocker to stop ads and stay safe online
- Prevent FirePlayer adware from installing
- Finish words
It’s important, don’t use FirePlayer and don’t click on ads placed by it, as they can lead you to a more malicious or misleading pages. The best option is to use the steps posted below to clean your PC system of FirePlayer and thereby delete all unwanted ads.
Remove ads by FirePlayer in Windows
In the guide below we will have a look at the ad supported software and how to get rid of Ads by FirePlayer adware from Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge internet browsers for Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal utilities. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web browser or restart your PC system.
How to manually remove FirePlayer
If you perform exactly the step by step guide below you should be able to remove the FirePlayer ads from the Chrome, IE, FF and MS Edge web browsers.
Removing the FirePlayer, check the list of installed applications first
The process of ad supported software removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed applications on your computer and delete all unused, unknown and suspicious applications.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the figure below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your PC system. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of popup ads and browser redirect to the intrusive ad pages. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of popup advertisements and web browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply press on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as shown on the screen below.
Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts
Unfortunately, the adware can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your internet browsers shortcuts}), so that an ad web-site will be shown when you launch the Google Chrome, IE, FF and Microsoft Edge or another browser.
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge.
Remove FirePlayer pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web browser startpage, newtab page and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove Ads by FirePlayer from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the ad-supported software, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s start page, new tab page and search engine by default that have been replaced by adware that redirects your internet browser to annoying ad web sites.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Remove FirePlayer pop up ads from Firefox
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, delete redirections to annoying ad web-sites and adware extensions.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The FF will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Scan your system and delete FirePlayer ads with free utilities
Use malicious software removal tools to get rid of FirePlayer pop-up ads automatically. The free programs tools specially created for hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other potentially unwanted applications removal. These tools can remove most of adware from Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of ad supported software from Windows registry and system drives.
How to get rid of FirePlayer ads with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of FirePlayer pop up ads. Moreover, the tool will allow you to remove potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, toolbars and browser hijackers that your PC can be infected too.
- Download Zemana anti-malware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- Once downloading is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is done, click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your machine for the ad-supported software that causes web-browsers to show intrusive pop-up ads. While the program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- Once the system scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to remove all items, simply click “Next”. Once disinfection is done, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
Scan and clean your PC system of adware with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of FirePlayer advertisements automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal tool because it can easily remove hijacker infections, ad-supported software, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the adware that cause annoying ads to appear. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
Once the scan is done, a list of all items detected is produced. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing ‘ad supported’ software related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your personal computer.
The following video explains step-by-step instructions on how to delete ad-supported software and other malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Run AdwCleaner to remove FirePlayer ads
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It may scan and remove malware, PUPs and ad supported software in Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox and Edge web browsers and thereby remove all annoying FirePlayer pop up ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
When the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out ad supported software that cause undesired ads to appear. Depending on your system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
Once the system scan is complete is finished, you can check all threats detected on your PC system as shown on the screen below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. Once the cleaning process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Run AdBlocker to stop ads and stay safe online
It’s important to run ad blocker programs like AdGuard to protect your PC system from harmful pages. Most security experts says that it is okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop ads and other undesired web-pages.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and block popup ads, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that may be found on your desktop.
Prevent FirePlayer adware from installing
Many adware are included in the freeware installer. Most often, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but certain installation packages are created to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing the adware which cause intrusive popup ads to appear. Anyway, easier to prevent the adware rather than clean up your PC system after one. So, keep the web browser updated (turn on automatic updates), use a good antivirus applications, double check a free software before you start it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid malicious and unknown web sites.
Now your system should be clean of the FirePlayer that causes unwanted pop-up advertisements. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your machine for new malware, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying ads and malicious pages). Moreover, to prevent adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to scan for PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with FirePlayer ads related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.