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Remove HDQPlayer ads (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Why HDQPlayer is a questionable application:

Online users use the term “HDQPlayer virus” to describe this program, even though its creators, the SoftForce LLC, introduce it as a multi-functional and almost revolutionary application for video streaming and editing. If you are not sure which side you should trust, continue reading this article and, hopefully, it will help you make up your mind. If you are willing to remove the program immediately, you should obtain a reputable anti-malware utility, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and use its sophisticated scanner to detect and eliminate this app. You can also skip to the end of this article to find manual HDQPlayer removal instructions.

An image of HDQPlayer official download website

The first thing that causes major concern to the users as well as the computer security experts is that HDQPlayer hijack computers without the user’s permission. This means that this program may appear on your system even if you were not even thinking about installing it. The truth is, that even though this program is free, it is actually ad-based and is monetized through the promotion of the affiliate websites. Therefore, the users who have found this software on their computers also report a major ad problem. The software is said to inject numerous pop-up ads, in-texts ads, auto-play video with slogans such as “Ads by HDQPlayer,” “Brought by HDQPlayer” or “HDQPlayer Ads.” These advertisements may offer bargain products, coupons, price comparison tools, etc., but none of these ads will overtly disclose to what websites you will be actually sent after clicking on them. It has been found that HDQPlayer redirect the users to questionable sites which can often distribute infectious content as well. So, you should think very seriously whether you need this application installed on your PC. We must warn you that if you do not remove HDQPlayer from your computer and allow it inject ads into your browser, it may diminish your computer’s susceptibility to infections and draw even more malicious threats.

How did this program end up on your computer?

Questions about HDQPlayer ads

HDQPlayer has its official website, from which you can download the product directly. The website features a trendy design and presents the product in a comprehensive and attractive way. Consequently, it is not surprising that the users often download this application voluntarily. Nevertheless, more commonly HDQPlayer appears on the users computers without a warning, but not without the user’s interaction. Usually, this potentially unwanted program is installed together with other freeware or shareware applications, when the user chooses to skim through the installation using “Quick” or “Recommended” settings. In reality, these settings hide the additional installs, so, to see what they are and to manage them, you have to choose “Advanced” or “Custom” modes instead.

Is HDQPlayer removal difficult?

HDQPlayer removal is not difficult as it is not technically a virus. Your antivirus utility may not even detect this application, but it is also worth giving a try. Besides, other malware could have entered your computer the same way HDQPlayer did. If the virus-fighting utilities do not detect any threats upon scanning the system, you should follow the steps indicated below to remove the HDQPlayer from your computer.

For Windows users:
1. Click “Start” button
2. Enter “Control Panel”
3. Find “HDQPlayer” and select “Uninstall” function
4. Finish the process by clicking “OK”

For Mac OS X users:
1. Click “Go” button and select “Applications”
2. Find the “HDQPlayer” in the list
3. After selecting the program, choose “Move to Trash”.

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To remove HDQPlayer ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate HDQPlayer from Windows systems

To remove HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer (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 HDQPlayer from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for HDQPlayer or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer-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 HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer-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 HDQPlayer removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate HDQPlayer 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 HDQPlayer 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. EmilyFender says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 1:20 am

    It might be a good application, but the ads are really unnecessary…

  2. Mengele Anders says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Adware is always an adware, no justification for that

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