How to Remove Bwplayer “Virus” Ads (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Bwplayer “Virus” Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

It can be rather difficult to deal with a big number of ads that constantly swarm your screen while you are browsing on you Chrome, Firefox or IE browser (or any other) and don’t go away regardless of how you try to close them. In fact, the most effective way to deal with this annoyance isn’t manually closing each ad and it also isn’t switching to another browser. The best way to handle this problem is to locate the culprit behind it and have it eliminated. In this case, since we are talking about irritating ads, banners, page-redirects, box messages, blinking boxes and other similar intrusive advertising content that gets displayed on your screen during each and every browsing session, the most likely cause behind all this intrusiveness is an adware app that has latched onto your browser after getting installed on your PC without you knowing about it. Adware programs are, in fact, quite commonly encountered and a lot of users have them on their browser without even realizing it. They are not scary viruses like Trojans, Rootkits or Ransomware and won’t really harm your machine which is why a lot of people who are able to put up with the annoyance actually allow the pesky software to remain on their PCs. Here, however, we need to mention something about adware apps – sure, they aren’t exactly harmful on their own and some of you might be able to withstand and ignore the irritation coming from the ads. The thing is, even though adware is not an actual type of software viruses, it might still lead to certain security issues with your system. 

How to Remove Bwplayer “Virus” Ads

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Bwplayer from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Bwplayer from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Bwplayer from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Bwplayer “Virus”

Random and unverified display of ads on your screen can actually be quite hazardous since the ads could be coming from all kinds of different sources, some of which may be potentially unreliable and unsafe. Many hackers actually rely on that and use the infamous malvertising methods to spread some of the nastiest forms of malware that you could possibly encounter – we are talking about viruses the ranks of Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Spyware, Worms and so on. Oftentimes, a single click on a compromised advert is enough to expose your machine to such insidious and highly-dangerous threats and the more ads you have on your screen, the higher the chances of this happening. So, even if you aren’t that bothered by the ads, if you think you might have adware on your machine, it’s still advisable to have it eliminated for the sake of your machine’s security.

One of the most recent examples of a typical adware app and also the main reason for writing this article is the so-called Bwplayer. Similarly to the rest of its category, Bwplayer could easily get on your browser and flood it with its irritating ads, banners, box messages and page-redirects. As we mentioned above, aside from being quite intrusive and irritating, the ads could also lead to the exposure of your machine to a number of online hazards and malware threats. Therefore, the best thing you could do if Bwplayer is presently inside your PC would be to uninstall the undesirable app. So, how could you do that? In most cases, a simple uninstall would either prove to be ineffective or would not be possible whatsoever. However, if you take a look at the guide below and make use of the instructions provided in it or utilize the recommended removal tool that’s also available there, you should have no problem removing the adware annoyance and the whole process should be over in no time. Of course, if you happen to have any questions for use related to the removal of the adware or if you’d simply want to share your opinion on the matter, feel free to give us a comment down below in the comments section.

File-bundling and adware

When you’re installing some new program, what is the installation option you normally go for? If you are like most other users, then you probably use the Default/Quick setup configuration. Sure, it’s simpler, easier and saves time but going for this option could also land you an adware app. This is because, adware programs like Bwplayer oftentimes get bundled with other program’s installers which is why it’s advisable to always use the Advanced/Custom/Manual setup option instead of the Quick/Default one. By doing so, you should be able to see all bundled components and leave out any of them which might seem like they could potentially be adware or some other form of undesirable software. Remember this important tip and employ it in the future if you don’t want to get any more hijackers in your system.


Name Bwplayer
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Adware programs are easily-noticeable – as soon as the browser ads start appearing, you’d know that there’s adware on your PC.
Distribution Method Mainly through spam messages and software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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