Online Video Promoter is a well-known PUP – a potentially unwanted program – that displays, in plain language, a brickload of advertisements. Winpl.exe is a process associated with this PUP, and indeed, many even consider this a malware. Winpl.exe will be started each time you turn on your PC; there are also reports of some sound effects while the process is active, like clicking. In reality Online Video Promoter is an adware (a portmanteau word coming from ad and malware) and adware are very well-known for doing several very worrisome things, the first of which is, of course, displaying advertisements. However this is arguably the least dangerous of its activities. The main goal of Online Video Promoter is to manipulate you into getting aboard more of its kind, or a ransomware, a virus class that locks up your PC and demands payments to release it. The tricks themselves can come in the form of:
- Fake banners around web pages that prompt you or download missing plugins.
- The most widely used scam here is to try and imitate a number of legitimate programs, claiming it is an update for them. These can range from windows updates to Java or Flash Player and will not be only shown of web pages, but during routine browsing on your PC.
- It can also fake you by presenting itself as an anti-virus program that believes you have been infected by a virus. It wants to scan and search its database. The most wide used programs in this example are Kaspersky, Norton and Avira.
- Video streaming websites like Youtube will get a layer of pop-ups on top of the videos. Such websites become practically unusable, because the pop-ups are thumbnails and there’s little you can do to get rid of them. Online Video Promoter is notorious for doing exactly this, as the name suggests.
- REMEMBER! Basically everything this thing will try to do is make you accept something. If you do this you are giving it authority. If you simply ignore everything you see you will take away a whole lot of the virus’s edge.
We’ve also received reports that this virus is responsible for another things that can plague your PC, but it’s not an active trick aimed at exploiting you. Rather it is considered a side-effect:
- A sluggishness of the PC, freezing, browser crashing, and a variety of small system errors and glitches. The whole problem is related to the advertisements. Basically your PC has to manually generate them, and this takes a lot of cycles from your CPU.
How to Remove Online Video Promote
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Online Video Promote has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Online Video Promote . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Online Video Promote should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Online Video Promote and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Online Video Promote. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.