The cause of unwanted popup advertisements on your screen signed with KOOL Player or “Ad by KOOL Player” is adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). Technically, the KOOL Player adware that displays a large amount of popups is not a virus. It is is developed to make a revenue. Once started, the ad supported software opens a new web-browser window with KOOL Player ads or inserts a large number of advertising links directly into the web sites you’re viewing.
The KOOL Player adware that causes internet browsers to display undesired popup advertisements, can attack your computer’s web-browsers such as the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer. Maybe you approve the idea that the pop up advertisements from it is just a small problem. But these unwanted KOOL Player advertisements eat your PC resources.
The worst is, it has the ability to collect your browsing history and personal information, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, privacy information can be transferred third party companies.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the few simple steps below ASAP. The steps will assist you to remove KOOL Player as well as clean your PC from any unwanted pop-up ads. What is more, the few simple steps below will help you delete other harmful applications like undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, which can be installed onto machine along with the ‘ad supported’ software.
Remove KOOL Player adware
Fortunately, we’ve an effective way that will assist you manually or/and automatically delete Ads by KOOL Player adware from your browser and bring your browser settings, including home page, default search provider and newtab page, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal steps with all the steps you may need to successfully remove adware and its traces. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your PC or exit this web page. So, read this guide carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove KOOL Player, complete the steps below:
- How to remove KOOL Player without any software
- Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete KOOL Player
- How to stay safe online
- Prevent KOOL Player from installing
- To sum up
How to remove KOOL Player without any software
Most common adware may be removed without any antivirus apps. The manual adware removal is step-by-step guidance that will teach you how to delete the KOOL Player adware.
Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the PC system cleanup is to remove 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 IE, MS Edge, Chrome and Firefox from pop ups, hijackers and so on.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all apps installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any questionable and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Get rid of KOOL Player adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings like homepage, default search provider and new tab page having been modified by KOOL Player which causes undesired advertisements, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, open the IE. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press 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 Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of KOOL Player from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your FF is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the redirect to KOOL Player ads.
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove KOOL Player from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the browser hijacker infections, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s home page, default search provider and new tab page that have been modified by KOOL Player which designed to redirect your browser to various ad web pages.
- First, launch the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ‘ad supported’ software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your personal computer, it will display annoying KOOL Player ads. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks which have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will show a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the screen below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the KOOL Player adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete KOOL Player
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely get rid of KOOL Player ‘ad supported’ software which cause annoying advertisements to appear. So, we advise to check your PC for any remaining malicious components with free ad supported software removal programs below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to delete KOOL Player
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to find and delete KOOL Player adware from the Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, FF and IE internet browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on your machine.
Installing the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana Free from the link below. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
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After the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Double-click the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana on your PC system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the KOOL Player adware that causes a lot of undesired pop-ups. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your system. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scan is finished, Zemana will display a list of all items found by the scan. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana Free will begin to get rid of KOOL Player ad-supported software that causes web browsers to show annoying advertisements. Once the process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
Automatically remove KOOL Player ad supported software with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to find out adware and thereby remove KOOL Player ads from your browsers. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on the PC system.
Installing the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Free on your Microsoft Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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After downloading is complete, close all apps and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the setup starts, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once installation is finished, you’ll see window like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to search for KOOL Player which reroutes your web browser to undesired ad sites. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After the system scan is complete, you may check all threats found on your system. Review the results once the tool has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove KOOL Player that causes internet browsers to display intrusive ads and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the clean up is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
The following video explains guide on how to remove hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a portable utility which detects and removes undesired software such as browser hijacker infections, adware, toolbars, other browser plugins and other malware. It scans your computer for KOOL Player which redirects your web-browser to unwanted ad sites and produces a list of items marked for removal. AdwCleaner will only erase those unwanted programs that you wish to be removed.
- Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you’ll need to download AdwCleaner on your Microsoft Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
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- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then press Save.
- After the download is finished, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” . AdwCleaner utility will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out KOOL Player that developed to redirect your browser to various ad web sites. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
- When the scan is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. All detected threats will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your personal computer, press “OK”.
The step by step instructions shown in detail in the following video.
How to stay safe online
It is also critical to protect your web-browsers from malicious sites and ads by using an ad-blocker application like AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Download AdGuard on your machine from the link below.
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Category: Security tools
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Once downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popups, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Prevent KOOL Player from installing
To sum up
After completing the few simple steps outlined above, your PC system should be clean from KOOL Player that cause undesired pop-up ads to appear and other malware. The Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge and Google Chrome will no longer reroute you to KOOL Player ads. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.