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Remove MediaPlayAir virus (Improved Instructions) - Jun 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

MediaPlayAir hardly provides any useful functions, acts like an adware instead

MediaPlayAir virus is a potentially unwanted program that cyber security experts classify as adware[1]. This program is set to display repetitive and highly annoying ads to the computer user in various formats. Such potentially unwanted programs (PUP) are distributed as extra components added to popular freeware, and once installed, they change certain system settings, create new folders and do everything to root into the computer system deeply. The adware we discuss today creates C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaPlayAir folder, which contains additional folders such as Libraries, plugins, access, access_output, audio_filter, audio_mixer, codec, video_filter, video_output, and drops numerous .dll files in them. The suspicious ad-supported software assigns itself to startup programs and creates its shortcut on the desktop and in Start Menu.

MediaPlayAir virus

Questions about MediaPlayAir virus

This potentially dangerous program alters Windows Registry and then starts sending annoying pop-ups and banners to the computer user. Such advertisements deliver offers from various ad networks, sadly, clicking on them could be risky. These ads are likely to contain suspicious links which can cause redirects to hazardous or even phishing websites[2]. In fact, you may need a reputable anti-malware tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to help you with the MediaPlayAir removal. Even though this application may seem like a useful tool for video streaming, you should remember that the longer you keep it installed on your system, the more difficult it is going to be to remove it. Besides, we feel that there is no need to keep such ad-supported program on the system, especially when it poses a threat to your security and privacy. For this reason, we suggest you delete it from your PC as soon as you notice first signs of its activity.

MediaPlayAir adwareMediaPlayAir virus keeps sending dozens of pop-up ads to computer users. These ads can link to potentially dangerous or even malicious websites!

To take action, you have to be aware of the typical signs of adware infiltration. The initial symptoms include the already mentioned influx of ads. To make sure you are not infected, pay attention to the information you see on the websites you visit. Keep watch of the random text which is turned into hyperlinks and stay away from different pop-ups, banners and suspicious software updates you may be offered while browsing the web. Especially be careful not to click on ads labeled as “Ads by Media Play Air”, “MediaPlay Air Ads” or similar since these slogans are clear indicators that you are dealing with an adware infiltration. MediaPlayAir redirect issue is also worth mentioning as it is also a typical characteristic of the adware-type viruses. This problem relates to the fact that adware generates ads which are deceptive and do not disclose the full information about sites to which they actually lead. Some of these external sites can be highly dangerous, and considering that these redirects are caused to generate pay-per-click revenue, we believe that such behaviour is dishonest and should not be tolerated. To protect your PC from that, you should remove MediaPlayAir from your device without a delay.

Protecting your PC from adware and other PUPs

It does not take a lot for an adware to infect a computer. Nevertheless, it just as easy to protect yourself from such infiltration. First, you have to be aware that MediaPlayAir usually travels hidden in the software packages along with other programs. Therefore, you have to have a tool to indicate whether these software packages contain infected components or not. For that, you can use reliable anti-spyware or antivirus scanning tools and run a scan of the downloaded program before initiating its download. Unfortunately, sometimes the virus-fighting utilities may not detect any threats, so it is better to inspect the downloaded program yourself. Choose “Advanced” or “Custon” installation mode, which will give you an opportunity to cancel the installation of unwanted programs manually. Make sure you unmark the all the pre-marked checkboxes allowing suspicious installations.

Getting rid of MediaPlayAir

Luckily, MediaPlayAir removal is very simple. Even if you are less experienced in computing, you can easily get rid of the virus by obtaining a reputable antivirus software and scanning your computer with it. Of course, we have prepared a guide to manual virus removal as well, which is presented just below this article. But why waste your time, when an automatic tool can remove the virus in minutes? Besides, a reliable antivirus software will not ignore other possible threats which might be hiding on your computer and remove them as well. If you are struggling to remove MediaPlayAir from your computer, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will do our best to help you.

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To remove MediaPlayAir virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of MediaPlayAir from Windows systems

You can try to uninstall the suspicious media player via Control Panel. Carefully follow these instructions to uninstall the adware, and then check these two folders for its remains:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaPlayAir\
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
  • C:\Users\Public\Desktop\

After completing this part, scan the system with anti-malware software to see if all components of this adware were eliminated.

You might need to clean Windows Registry as well. We DO NOT recommend doing it if you are an inexperienced PC user. To access Windows Registry, press down Windows Key + R and in the window that opens type in: regedit. Click OK.

Then go to Edit > Find. Type in: MediaPlayAir and click Find Next. After finding an associated entry, delete it. Continue until you delete all associated Registry Entries.

  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 MediaPlayAir and related programs
    Here, look for MediaPlayAir 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'

Erase MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir 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'

Delete MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall MediaPlayAir 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, MediaPlayAir should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove MediaPlayAir from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete unwanted add-ons from Firefox to stop annoying ads from appearing on your screen.

  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 MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate MediaPlayAir from Google Chrome

Check Chrome Extensions panel for extensions associated with this adware program. We suggest deleting all dubious ones that seem to be suspicious or those you cannot remember installing.

  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 MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir 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 MediaPlayAir removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. bangalow says:
    May 14th, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Finally banished this virus with SpyHunter. Easy as that!

  2. PostpartumLucy66 says:
    May 14th, 2016 at 7:35 am

    MediaPlayAir seriously messed up my pc… Never downloading random apps again…

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