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Playthru Player removal explained (2019 update)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Playthru Player is a potentially unwanted program that gets into users' computers with the help of software bundle packages or fake Flash updates

Playthru PlayerPlaythru Player is adware that starts displaying intrusive ads as soon as it is installed on the host device

Playthru Player is an application that is advertised as a useful media player that can be used for watching online videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and other sites without using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Mozilla Firefox browsers. While the feature might seem attractive to users, they should be aware that Playthru Player is actually an adware[1] application that displays intrusive pop-ups, in-text links, coupons, deals, offers, advertising banners, and other commercial content whether they like it or not.

While some do install Playthru Player intentionally when looking for a video player,[2] most of the users found the app on their machines after downloading a fake Flash Player update or after the installation of freeware/shareware from third-party sites.

Possibly one of the most annoying traits of Playthru Player is that most of the users found it particularly difficult to uninstall the program – it is often missing from the Control Panel. In some cases, users found that the only way to remove Playthru Player is to download and install anti-malware software or a specific uninstaller app. For full instructions, please check the bottom section of the article.

Name Playthru Player
Type Adware
Program executable playthruplayer.exe
Location C:\Program Files\playthruplayer
Installation The application might be installed from various fishy sites intentionally, but most users found it on their computers after falling for a fake Adobe Flash update or the installation of shareware/freeware
Related risks Redirects to suspicious sites, installation of other potentially unwanted software, money loss, etc.
Persistence The app does not show up under the installed program list in the Control Panel
Symptoms Intrusive ads, redirects, changed web browser settings, etc.
Termination Manual uninstallation might be complicated if the app does not show up in the Control Panel. In such a case, we suggest you download and install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other security software and perform a full system scan

Playthru Player may look useful if you are looking for a good online video player. Its developers claim:

The PlayThru Player is based on one simple but brilliant idea: an enjoyable online video viewing experience – without the browser! The PlayThru Player offers seamless online video viewing directly on your desktop while working, browsing the Web or gaming.

There are millions of apps created by various developers, and, while some are asking for a one-off payment to fund the project, most rely on a freeware scheme – a potentially unlimited monetization thanks to advertisements. Therefore, users should always be aware if they are installing the ad-sponsored program, as some of them might be extremely persistent (hard to remove) and expose users to unsafe content online.

Playthru Player pupPlaythru Player is a potentially unwanted program that usually enters machines via fake Flash Player updates or bundled software

Unfortunately, Playthru Player belongs to the latter category. Upon installation, users will often notice advertisements on all the sites that they visit. These ads are sometimes might be marked as follows:

  • Ads by Playthru Player
  • Powered by Playthru Player
  • Playthru Player Ads
  • Brought to you by PlayThru Player, etc.

Besides all types of ads, users might also encounter browser redirect tendencies – they might be rerouted to fake, tech support scam, phishing, spoofing, or even malware-laden sites. Therefore, it is vital to not click on anything until PlayThru Player removal is performed, as the content might be unsafe and result in the installation of other PUPs or even malware.

The excessive advertising and redirects are also followed by information gathering of infected users. For example, PlayThru Player developers might be harvesting data about users like search queries, IP address, technical details of the used device, links clicked, and sites visited, etc. The process is typical to adware apps and is used to serve users with targeted ads,[3] consequently increasing profits for both parties.

If you struggle to uninstall PlayThru Player, you should run a full system scan with anti-malware software, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Nevertheless, in some cases, you might be able to terminate the app via the Startup or the Control Panel – check our instructions at the bottom of this article.

Playthru Player adware

Never rush the installation of new programs you obtain from the internet – adware might get installed along with them

As we have already mentioned, you have probably downloaded this program to your computer without even knowing it. Potentially unwanted programs are called so due to their sneaky installation methods and potentially harmful activities that they perform on the browser or computer once installed. Users often install adware without realizing that their browsers will be served with endless ads, or that the app's termination will be difficult. Nevertheless, most of the PUPs enter computer together with freeware from third-party sites.

In order to avoid sneaky programs entering your computer without your knowledge, experts[4] advise to never rush the installation process and click “Next” until you are done – it is the easiest way to install PUPs or even malware on your PC. Always pay close attention to the installation instructions, check for the important documents (ToS, Privacy Policy), decline all deals or offers, and always opt for Advanced/Custom settings, avoiding Recommended/Quick method. Besides, you should also equip your computer with anti-malware software that could warn you in some cases that you are installing an app that might be unsafe.

PlayThru Player removal steps

Technically, Playthru Player is not a virus. It's just a potentially unwanted program that has been actively used for promoting related parties. Besides, it may track you and collect personally non-identifiable information behind your back. To avoid revealing too much for people you don't even know, you should remove Playthru Player form your computer.

Playthru Player detectionMultiple AV engines detect the program as malicious or potentially unwanted

The fastest Playthru Player removal can be performed with the help of anti-malware software – it will also make sure that no other malicious components or other potentially unwanted programs are installed on the device. However, you might also try terminating the app via Control Panel – we provide the instructions below. However, as we already mentioned Playthru Player might sometimes not show up in there, although you might find it via the Startup.

Simply click on Start > All Programs and locate the PUP, then click Uninstall.

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To remove Playthru Player adware, follow these steps:

Erase Playthru Player from Windows systems

Playthru Player might not show up on the installed program list. If it does, follow these steps:

  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 Playthru Player and related programs
    Here, look for Playthru 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'

Get rid of Playthru 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 Playthru 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 Playthru Player removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Playthru Player adware 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, Playthru Player should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Playthru 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 Playthru 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 Playthru Player removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Playthru Player from Google Chrome

Because PUPs often change web browser settings, you should reset Google Chrome as follows:

  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 Playthru 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 Playthru Player removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Playthru 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 Playthru 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 Playthru Player removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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.

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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