This page aims to help you remove Vidplayer Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The page that you landed on is focused on a recently discovered version of a browser hijacker called Vidplayer Virus. If you are looking for more details about this program, the way it operates, the way it spreads and the possible options to remove it, then this is the right place for you. In the next lines, we will provide you with all the basic characteristics of Vidplayer Virus as well as a free removal guide, with the help of which, you can safely remove it from your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or any other browser which has been invaded. This will save you completely from all the nagging ads, pop-ups, page redirects and unwanted modifications in your homepage or default search engine.
How can you know that you have been infected with a browser hijacker?
When software like Vidplayer Virus finds its way inside your system, you will almost immediately notice that your default browser may start to behave strangely. It may start to broadcast a huge number of different online ads, which may come in the form of pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes, links, and notifications. Another indication that you have been invaded by a browser hijacker is the possible replacement of the default homepage or the search engine with some unfamiliar one, the installation of some new toolbar or the sudden redirection of your searches to various unknown web pages that you did not intend to visit. You can expect this activity to happen every time you open your browser and try to surf the web and, unfortunately, you won’t be able to bring back your previous browser settings or remove the popping ads unless you fully uninstall the browser hijacker from your PC.
How can you get infected?
Vidplayer Virus, as any other browser hijacker, doesn’t really “infect” you the way that a computer virus would do. This type of software usually gets installed on your system with your permission and this happens when you run a software bundle or some automatic setup of other program. The trick here is that you may not really be aware that the browser hijacker is included in the installer because it may not clearly notify you about its presence unless you manually check the bundle and customize it. In case that you simply run the setup through the Automatic/ Quick/ Standard option and skip checking for additionally bundled software (which can easily be done through the Advanced/ Custom/ Manual installation), you may end up with some potentially unwanted program like Vidplayer Virus or some other type of bloatware on your system.
Can Vidplayer Virus put your computer at risk?
Many people tend to get disturbed about the way Vidplayer Virus behaves and invades their system. A lot of them even mistake the browser hijacker for some nasty type of virus infection and panic. The truth is that there isn’t really a need for such an overreaction because browser hijackers have nothing in common with computer viruses or with any other form of malware such as Trojan horses, Spyware or Ransomware. Pieces of software like Vidplayer Virus are nothing more than simple advertising tools, commonly used by the online marketing industry. They apply the browser modifications, redirects and ads streaming mentioned above with only one purpose – to display different products, services, sponsored advertisements and web pages on your screen while you are browsing. In a way, this can be seen as a bit of an aggressive marketing approach, but in its core it has no aim to corrupt your system, nor can it cause some type of malfunction, let alone encrypt your files or perform some type of criminal activity a Trojan or a Ransomware based virus surely can do. That’s why most security experts don’t consider the browser hijacker to be a serious computer threat.
Still, not being a virus doesn’t mean that Vidplayer Virus can’t be nagging and disturbing. This program may cause you frequent browsing interruptions, which may not only be irritating but also very invasive. For example, the browser hijacker may extract some marketing-oriented data from your browser for the purposes of its effective ads positioning and targeting. It may keep track of your latest web searches, your browsing history, bookmarks and the pages that you visit with the idea to redirect you to ads, which may somehow relate to your latest web activity. As a result, you may find yourself dealing with a stream of pop-ups, banners, links and different promotional pages every minute or two, which may be bearable for half an hour, but may become really intolerable in the long term. Precisely this behavior of the hijackers has gained them the reputation of potentially unwanted programs, which the users would rather uninstall than keep on their system.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Nagging ads, pop-ups, page redirects and unwanted modifications of your homepage or search engine may take place in your default browser.|
|Distribution Method||The most common sources are different software bundles, however spam, torrents, automatic installation managers, intrusive ads, free downloads and attachments can also be transmitters of this program.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Vidplayer Virus Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Vidplayer Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Vidplayer Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Vidplayer Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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!