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Remove Ads by KMPlayer (Removal Guide) - Jan 2015 update

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What is KMPlayer and why does it cause ads on its sidebar?

KMPlayer is a widely used multimedia player which is also known as K-Multimedia Player and KMP. It is not a virus and can be downloaded from its official website or other reputable download sources. However, no matter how useful it is, its developers have been set it to show sponsored ads in its window. This app can cause the sidebar which is filled with “recommended fixers”, various mobile apps, games, browser extensions and similar notifications. Beware that the more ads you click, the bigger amount of money their creators earn. However, the biggest problem is related to the fact that “ads by KMPlayer” have been noticed to be slightly malicious, i.e. they may contain links to the questionable websites that may be filled with misleading content. In the worst case scenario, you may be rerouted to a website that is used for spreading viruses or malware. Make sure that you stay away from pop-up ads that claim:

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To avoid these misleading notifications, you can either remove KMPlayer from your computer or disable its sidebar. For the first option, we recommend using a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego. This option is especially recommended if this potentially unwanted program has infiltrated your computer in a bundle with other software. If you need a player, you cal always switch to VLC Media Player.

As we have just mentioned, KMPlayer can be installed without expecting that. If you can’t remember installing it on your computer manually, it is very likely that this application infiltrated your machine as an optional component. Due to the fact that it travels along with freeware as additional component and people don’t remember downloading it themselves, they have started calling it “KMPlayer virus”. As we have already mentioned, it is just a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that causes ads on its sidebar. If you want to prevent them, make sure you follow a guide given below the picture. In fact, we highly recommend doing that because some of these ads belong to questionable parties who seek to flood their users with appealing advertisements and trick them into downloading useless software. KMPlayer removal guide can also be found in the end of this article. However, let’s discuss its distribution methods first.

  The picture showing KMPlayer ads

How can this player enter my computer?

You can download KMPlayer multimedia player from its official website. It is a RELIABLE application which has nothing in common with viruses. However, recent researches of security experts have revealed that this player has also been actively distributed using “bundling” method. It means that you can find this multimedia player on your computer right after downloading another program. No matter how useful it seems, you should never fall into accepting the installation of KMPayer along with another freeware because it can be filled with additional components. That’s why it has been categorized by some of security vendors as a PUP and an adware. The problem is that people do not pay enough attention to the installation of the freeware and skip notifications that are displayed during this process. Consequently, they start seeing “Ads by KMPlayer” and similar notifications on their computer. Beware that clicking them can lead you to suspicious websites! In order to avoid that, you must opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the entire installation process of such free programs as download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar programs. Besides, make sure you use official websites instead of third-party download sites to prevent unwanted changes on your computer. Otherwise, you may get tricked into installing the whole bundle of programs instead of one.

How can I disable KMPlayer ads and remove this player?

To disable KMPlayer ads that appear on your screen while using this program, use these steps:

  • Open Notepad by typing Notepad in Start menu. To open it as administrator, right click on it and select Run as administrator. 
  • Click Ctrl+O at the same time to open the dialog box.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folder and change file type to All files.
  • Open the Hosts file and go to its end. Type in: 127.0.0.1 player.kmpmedia.net
  • Click Ctrl+S to save your changes. 

Beware! You are not running as administrator if the Notepad asks you to create a new file!

In case you have decided to remove KMPlayer from your computer, you can use two options. Firstly, you can remove this player with programs that are given below. In this case, you need to select the security app, update it and run a full system scan. If you want to preform manual KMPlayer removal on your computer, you should follow a guide which is given below. Keep in mind that pop-up ads that are caused by this player must be ignored! 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove KMPlayer ads, follow these steps:

Erase KMPlayer from Windows systems

To remove Ads by KMPlayer from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Ads by KMPlayer (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete KMPlayer from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ads by KMPlayer from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ads by KMPlayer-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ads by KMPlayer, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ads by KMPlayer and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ads by KMPlayer-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate KMPlayer from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ads by KMPlayer and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ads by KMPlayer removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove KMPlayer ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ads by KMPlayer-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of KMPlayer from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Ads by KMPlayer and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Ads by KMPlayer did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Ads by KMPlayer removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall KMPlayer from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Ads by KMPlayer by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Ads by KMPlayer-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Ads by KMPlayer removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase KMPlayer from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Ads by KMPlayer and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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