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Remove HiDef Media Player virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as HiDef Media Player ads | Type: Adware

HiDef Media Player is a potentially unwanted program that gathers various information about user browsing habits

HiDef Media Player

HiDef Media Player is an application developed and distributed by HiDefMedia. According to its developers, HiDef Media Player is a useful app that can play various video and audio files without needing to download codecs, and also allows launching even damaged files. However, HiDef Media Player is also an adware-type[1] app that falls into a potentially unwanted program category.

Potentially unwanted programs like HiDef Media Player might be downloaded intentionally due to its alleged functionality (in this case, playing of media files), although they are mostly distributed with the help of software bundling – a deceptive technique that has been prevalent for years. For that reason, users rarely understand how HiDef Media Player managed to enter their machines in the first place.

Name HiDef Media Player
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Infiltration  Software bundles, third-party sites, ads
Symptoms Intrusive ads and redirects on all sites that you visit
Main risks  Installation of bogus or dangerous software, money loss
Termination Download and install Reimage or make use of our manual removal guide below

While initially users might find HiDef Media Player app useful, they will soon see that their Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or another browser started behaving strangely: the search results are littered with sponsored links, intrusive ads cover all websites and URL redirects[2] occur more often than expected.

Additionally, user web browser activities are also recorded and used for targeted advertisements. Thus, do not hesitate and remove HiDef Media Player, as it can compromise your online safety and make web browsing sessions a real nightmare. For that, use Reimage (or any other reputable anti-virus software) or delete the threat manually with the help of our instructions below.

Once installed, HiDef Media Player creates a process that constantly runs in the background, ads an exception to Windows Firewall and creates a scheduled task. This is done in order to keep the background processes running and deliver users sponsored content via the browsers.

HiDef Media Player PUP
HiDef Media Player is a potentially unwanted program that adds an exception in Windows Firewall upon installation to deliver users the intrusive ad content without interruptions

The advertisements that are delivered due to the HiDef Media Player virus are not marked and might come in a form of pop-ups, pop-unders, full-screen windows, banners, deals, offers, coupons and others. However, users might sometimes notice the following markings on these ads:

  • Delivered by HiDef Media Player
  • HiDef Media Player ads
  • Sponsored by HiDef Media Player
  • Ads powered by HiDef Media Player, etc.

Additionally, HiDef Media Player collected information about users includes the IP address, ISP, location, web queries, bookmarks, links clicked, ads clicked, website visit durations, technical details, etc. Be aware that some of such data might be considered personal, such as search queries, as they might expose details like emails, names, and other data.

After HiDef Media Player removal, you should also reset all of the installed browsers as the PUP might change their settings. Additionally, if you want to use a player that includes all the features needed and does not spam you with ads, pick reputable applications, such as VLC, Media Player Classic, or others.

Suspicious programs use deceptive distribution methods – be attentive to avoid the infection of the PUP

Potentially unwanted programs can easily enter your PC unnoticed because they are spread not only through the official websites. PUPs are often included inside software packages that might even come from seemingly reputable sites. The developers often fail to state which apps are being installed clearly, and often resort hiding them under Recommended settings, pre-ticked boxes, and buttons that are placed in unusual spots deliberately. Unfortunately, deceptive marketing practices are here to stay, and it is up to you to avoid unwanted apps entering your computer.

To avoid unwanted attachments when downloading freeware from the Internet, you should be very careful. Experts[3] highly suggest picking Custom or Advanced installation settings, checking for the important documents, declining all the deals/offers, and removing all the markings from pre-ticked boxes. Finally, you should always keep a reputable anti-malware program running in the background – it will protect you from most computer threats.

Ways to remove HiDef Media Player adware

HiDef Media Player removal can be performed either manually or automatically. Because it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program by security experts and vendors, there is a high chance that ant-virus will be able to eliminate. For that, download security program of your choice, bring it up to date and perform a full system scan. Additionally, a full scan will be able to determine whether your device is infected with any other threats and terminate them as well.

HiDef Media Player uninstall
While HiDef Media Player can be uninstalled manually, some traces might remain. Thus, make sure you also reset the installed browsers and also scan your PC with anti-virus software

On the other hand, you can remove HiDef Media Player virus manually. We prepared a detailed guide below – please follow the instructions carefully. Once you delete the unwanted adware program, make sure you also reset all the browsers that reside on your device, as PUPs often change their settings without permission.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove HiDef Media Player virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of HiDef Media Player from Windows systems

To remove HiDef Media Player virus from Windows operating system, you will have to check the installed program list via the Control Panel. Here's how to accomplish that:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall HiDef Media Player and related programs
    Here, look for HiDef Media Player or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove HiDef Media Player from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for HiDef Media Player and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete HiDef Media Player removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete HiDef Media Player virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, HiDef Media Player should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall HiDef Media Player from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select HiDef Media Player and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete HiDef Media Player removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase HiDef Media Player from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome as explained below as soon as you eliminate adware:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select HiDef Media Player and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete HiDef Media Player removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of HiDef Media Player from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for HiDef Media Player or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete HiDef Media Player removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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