The Player X is an one of the many malicious extensions from the big family of a ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It can be installed into your Google Chrome when you surf the Web. When your browser is infected with the Player X extension, it will show tons of pop up advertisements without your’s permission. Moreover, Player X virus can redirect the Google Chrome on malicious and misleading sites. So, if you seeing that the Chrome tries to load an unknown site, when you try to open a long-known web-site, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in web-browser’s address bar. Complete the step-by-step guidance below and clean your machine from the malicious extension as quickly as possible. The guide below will assist you to remove Player X extension and any other malicious software for free.
The Player X extension may open advertisements depend on a web-page that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this virus, without your permission, steals your private information such as: 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, and much, much more. The Player X virus may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
Table of contents
- What is Player X
- Remove Player X
- Manual Player X virus removal
- How to delete Player X virus with free applications
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- To sum up
Most often, unwanted software like Player X affects the most common internet browsers like the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. But such malware as well may infect another browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the browser, it’ll redirect to an unwanted site. Even if you setup a new home page, an undesired page will be the first thing you see when you run the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE.
Instructions which is shown below, will allow you to clean your PC from any malicious software as well as remove Player X Google Chrome extension.
Remove Player X
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove Player X harmful add-on which cause intrusive pop up ads to appear. In the following tutorial, we will provide two solutions to clean your computer of this virus. One is the manual removal method and the other is automatic removal method. You can select the way that best fits you. Please follow the removal steps below to remove Player X virus right now!
Manual Player X virus removal
The guidance will help you get rid of Player X virus. These Player X removal steps work for the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge, as well as every version of Microsoft Windows operating system.
Uninstall potentially unwanted programs using MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the personal computer cleanup is to uninstall unknown and suspicious software. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up the Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge from pop-up ads hijackers and so on.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as displayed on the screen below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an unwanted site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will open a prompt which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Player X virus from Google Chrome
Use the Reset web browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like start page, new tab page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of web browser redirects to annoying ad pages such as Player X.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display 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 on the image below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Fix browser shortcuts, changed by virus
The virus may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument like http://site.address/.
Right click on the internet 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, click OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
How to delete Player X virus with free applications
After completing the manual removal guide above all unwanted software and web-browser’s extensions such as Player X should be uninstalled. If the problem with Player X harmful extension is still remained, then we suggest to scan your personal computer for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free virus removal programs below.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to delete Player X malicious extension
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can detect security threats such ‘ad supported’ software and malicious add-ons that most ‘classic’ antivirus software fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Player X removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once downloading is done, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, start the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana AntiMalware on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your computer for the Player X virus that causes multiple intrusive ads and pop-ups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the Zemana Free is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once the scan is finished, Zemana Free will display a list of detected threats. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will delete Player X plugin that causes a large amount of intrusive pop ups. After that process is done, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
Use Malwarebytes to delete Player X extension
Manual Player X harmful addon removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the virus may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of plugin. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malware, potentially unwanted applications, browser hijackers and toolbars that your PC can be infected too.
- Please download MalwareBytes Anti Malware by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When downloading is done, please close all applications and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware onto your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will launch and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out Player X extension which designed to redirect your web-browser to various ad web sites. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will detect all threats exist on your PC system.
- When the scanning is finished, MalwareBytes will display a list of all items found by the scan.
- Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. After finished, you may be prompted to restart the system.
- Close the Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Delete Player X harmful addon and harmful extensions with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana Free cannot get rid of this harmful extension, then we advises to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijacker infections, potentially unwanted programs, toolbars and Player X addon which redirects your web browser to annoying ad sites.
Download AdwCleaner utility on your personal computer from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 24, 2018
After downloading is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to launch the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to perform a system scan with this utility for the Player X virus that causes intrusive popups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
When AdwCleaner completes the scan, AdwCleaner will show a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been detected as shown on the image below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove Player X malicious add-on that causes a ton of annoying pop-up ads. When the cleaning procedure is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your personal computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
Enabling an ad-blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocking software will also protect you from malicious ads and web-pages, and, of course, stop redirection chain to misleading and similar web pages.
Download AdGuard application on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
To sum up
After completing the few simple steps shown above, your PC system should be clean from Player X and other malware. The Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer open undesired sites when you browse the Internet. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new plugin, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying Player X virus.