Q. How can I remove suspicious Media Player Update pop ups on my browsers? Here is how the pop up window looked like on my web browser. If someone has any suggestions, please let me know.
A. The Media Player Update pop-up is a scam that designed to trick you into subscribing to its push notifications so that they can send unwanted ads directly to your desktop. If the suspicious pop-ups, fake alerts or unwanted advertisements keep appearing and greatly affect you, then most likely that your system is hijacked with potentially unwanted application (PUA) or adware (also known as ‘adware software’). You can search whether there is adware software in your control panel or unwanted plugin on your internet browser. If any, you should first remove it from your machine.
Adware – What Is It?
Adware is software responsible for unwanted advertising. Some adware software will bring up adverts when you is surfing the Web, while other will build up a profile of your surfing habits in order to target advertising. In general, adware have to be installed on your personal computer, so it will tend to be bundled with other apps in much the same way as potentially unwanted software.
Other signs of the presence of adware software include:
- you experience tons of of unexpected ads
- every time you perform an Internet search, your internet browser is redirected to another web-page
- there is an unexpected application in the ‘Uninstall a program’ section of your Control Panel
- you cannot update your security software
Adware can install a component which enables its creator to track which web-sites you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to choose the type of ads they display you. So, if you had adware on your computer, there is a good chance you have another that is gathering and sharing your data with third parties, without your consent.
We recommend to get rid of the adware that cause intrusive Media Player Update popup scam, as soon as you found this issue, as it can redirect your web-browser to web-resources that may load other malicious software on your computer.
How to remove Media Player Update pop-up from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
We recommend opting for automatic Media Player Update pop-up scam removal in order to get rid of all adware related entries easily. This way requires scanning the personal computer with reputable anti malware, e.g. Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti Malware or Hitman Pro. However, if you prefer manual removal steps, you can use the guidance below in this post. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your internet browser or restart your PC.
To remove Media Player Update pop-up scam, perform the following steps:
- How to manually delete Media Player Update pop-up scam
- How to automatically remove Media Player Update scam
- Run AdBlocker to stop Media Player Update pop up scam
- How to adware get installed onto PC
- Finish words
How to manually delete Media Player Update pop-up scam
Most common adware software may be uninstalled without any antivirus software. The manual adware removal is steps that will teach you how to delete the Media Player Update scam.
Remove recently installed adware
One of the first things to attempt for removal of adware is to check your PC system installed programs screen and look for unwanted and suspicious software. If there are any programs you do not recognize or are no longer using, you should delete them. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to run adware removal tool such as Zemana.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all apps installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and remove any dubious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove Media Player Update pop up scam from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings such as default search engine, newtab page and home page have been changed by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help. Your saved bookmarks, form auto-fill information and passwords won’t be cleared or changed.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to their default state.
Remove Media Player Update pop-ups from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer internet browser settings such as homepage, new tab page and search provider had been replaced by adware software related to the Media Player Update popups, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the screen below.
After the task is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s home page, new tab page and default search provider to default state.
Remove Media Player Update scam from Chrome
Reset Chrome will allow you to get rid of Media Player Update pop-ups from your internet browser as well as to restore internet browser settings affected by adware. All undesired, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions will also be removed from the internet browser. It’ll keep your personal information such as browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
First run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another method to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as displayed below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the procedure of cleaning. When it is complete, the web-browser’s settings including search provider, new tab page and home page back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
How to automatically remove Media Player Update scam
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove adware software that causes Media Player Update pop ups. So, we advise to check your machine for any remaining malicious components with free adware removal apps below.
Run Zemana Anti Malware to remove Media Player Update scam
Zemana Anti Malware is a free utility that performs a scan of your computer and displays if there are existing adware, browser hijackers, viruses, worms, spyware, trojans and other malicious software residing on your personal computer. If malicious software is detected, Zemana can automatically remove it. Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) does not conflict with other anti malware and antivirus apps installed on your system.
Click the following link to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware for Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana Free on your PC. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following example.
Now click the “Scan” button to search for adware that causes undesired Media Player Update scam. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
Once the scanning is finished, you can check all threats found on your PC. Once you have selected what you wish to delete from your personal computer press “Next” button. The Zemana will delete adware that causes Media Player Update pop-up scam and add threats to the Quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
Remove Media Player Update pop up scam from web-browsers with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility that can check your computer for a wide range of security threats like malicious software, adware softwares, PUPs as well as adware that causes intrusive Media Player Update scam. It will perform a deep scan of your PC including hard drives and MS Windows registry. When a malware is found, it will help you to delete all detected threats from your machine by a simple click.
- Installing the Hitman Pro is simple. First you will need to download HitmanPro from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- Once the downloading process is complete, double click the HitmanPro icon. Once this utility is launched, press “Next” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that causes Media Player Update popups in your internet browser. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Hitman Pro program is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- As the scanning ends, HitmanPro will show a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected. All found threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Next” button. Now press the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
How to remove Media Player Update with MalwareBytes Free
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). You can download and install MalwareBytes Free to find adware and thereby get rid of Media Player Update pop-up from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, this free malware remover automatically searches for and removes all threats exist on the PC.
- Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for Microsoft Windows. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download is complete, please close all software and open windows on your personal computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes will start and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button to scan for adware related to the Media Player Update pop-ups. While the tool is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
- When the scan is complete, MalwareBytes will display you the results.
- Next, you need to press the “Quarantine Selected” button. After that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Run AdBlocker to stop Media Player Update pop up scam
The AdGuard is a very good adblocker application for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of unwanted ads, popunders, pop-ups, intrusive newtab pages, and even full page advertisements and web-site overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can block the Media Player Update scam automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
Download AdGuard from the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image 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 guidance as on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will run automatically and stop undesired ads, block Media Player Update scam, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. 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 is located on your desktop.
How to adware get installed onto PC
Now your computer should be clean of the adware that causes Media Player Update pop up. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your personal computer for new adwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and malicious web sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware software, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to search for PUPs.
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