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Remove Tiny Media Player adware (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as ads by Tiny Media Player, Tiny Media Player virus | Type: Adware

Tiny Media Player – an advertising network that might push bogus deals of particular products or services

Tiny Media Player virus
Tiny Media Player is an ad-supported application that travels in freeware/shareware bundles

Tiny Media Player, also known as Ads by Tiny Media Player, is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware,[1] which may flood you with an excessive amount of advertisements, may spy on you, diminish your web browser's performance and initiated other unwanted activities. Therefore, no matter that its developers are trying to convince you that this tool is the one that allows playing music, watching video, making playlists, open various diverse file formats (mp3, ogg, wav, wma, cda, mpg, wmv, vcd, svcd, dvd), and provide you with other useful services related to media playing, you should be aware that it may initiate various marketing campaigns behind your back. We cannot claim that like a media player Tiny Media Player will be useless. However, we can ensure you that it will be irritating, disruptive, and risk-posing.

Name Tiny Media Player
Also known as Ads by Tiny Media Player
Type Adware application
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Related files If you have been affected by the adware program, it might bring addition files to your computer: Tiny Media Player.exe, Tiny Media Player-bg.exe, Tiny Media Player-bho64.dll, Tiny Media Player-nova.exe
Activities Hijacking web browser applications and modifying their homepages, redirecting the user to affiliate networks, providing a big load of annoying adverts
Deletion You can use Reimage that will lengthen the entire removal process. Scan the system with this software, detect all infectious sources and eliminate all of them automatically/manually. All instructions are added to the end of this article

Tiny Media Player typically spreads bundled with various freeware/shareware.[2] This way, it may enter computers without being noticed. Once installed, it may hijack web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and start displaying tons of sponsored advertisements on each of them.

Additionally, Tiny Media Player virus might bring bogus components, files, and processes to the targeted computer system. We have made a wide research and discovered that this adware program is capable of injecting these components:

  • Tiny Media Player.exe;
  • Tiny Media Player-bg.exe;
  • Tiny Media Player-bho64.dll;
  • Tiny Media Player-nova.exe.

Unfortunately, but Tiny Media Player ads tend to appear in such irritating forms as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, interstitials, and so on, which means that their emergence will certainly disrupt your browsing sessions. However, an attempt to promote third parties, their websites, merchandise, and software is not only annoying. 

Tiny Media Player PUP
Tiny Media Player - a potentially unwanted program that can change your browser's homepage and name suspicious extensions to the settings section

“Ads by Tiny Media Player”, “Tiny Media Player Ads”, “Powered by Tiny Media Player” and similarly marked advertisements may disguise links to suspicious websites, so you should avoid clicking on them. Moreover, this adware is blamed for collecting user's search terms, mostly visited websites, clicks, IP address, PC's location, email address, clicks, and similar personally non-identifiable information.

After Tiny Media Player gathers all the details mentioned above, the program developers are able to generate beneficial-looking adverts regarding the user's needs. However, these offers usually appear to be misleading and suggest to purchase a bogus-looking product or service as income-collecting is the primary task of adware spreaders.

Therefore, if you want to prevent Tiny Media Player redirects from happening, data from leakage, the browser's from slowdowns, and similar issues, you should check your computer with a reputable anti-spyware and remove it without a delay using Reimage or another reputable anti-malware.

Besides, you can perform the Tiny Media Player removal with the help of manual instructing guidelines if you believe in yourself as in a fully-experienced computer user. Below you will discover instructions for your Windows OS and web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Note that you need to remove Tiny Media Player fully, otherwise, your web browsers might still remain infected. Adware-based programs are very likely to include questionable extensions and add-ons to the browser's settings which allow the program to boot up automatically within every browser launching.

Tiny Media Player adware

Hijacks happen after bogus software is installed under the user's consent

According to security experts from LesVirus.fr,[3] potentially unwanted programs, including adware-supported applications, spread bundled with various freeware and shareware as an 'optional component'. Although such distribution method is not abandoned, it's considered as unfair and is mainly used by unfair parties who seek to spread 'unfair' add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions.

Therefore, no matter that you have downloaded freeware from a reliable download source like, for instance, Cnet, Softonic, Soft32, Download, etc., we recommend selecting Advanced/Custom installation option and monitoring the entire installation process as this will guarantee you much more safety.

Keep in mind that third-party apps may be disclosed in a very misleading manner, so draw your attention on each notification that is provided on the installation wizard. Otherwise, you may skip the list of 'optional downloads' unnoticed and allow it to be installed by default. Right after that, you may start experiencing Tiny Media Player redirects, slowdowns, and other inconveniences.

Removing Tiny Media Player virus with the help of automatical/manual guidelines

If you suspect that this potential threat is lurking on your computer's system, take corresponding actions and get rid of it without a delay from your Windows operating system and web browser application. In order to remove Tiny Media Player virus, you may use automatical or manual instructing steps. Below you will find both guidelines that will help you throughout the entire process.

We recommend choosing the automatical Tiny Media Player removal option if you are a less-experienced user in the cyber threat elimination field. Besides, by employing reliable antimalware, you will use less of your time and prevent yourself from making damaging mistakes. However, if you believe to have enough skills in the cybersecurity sphere, use these below-provided instructing lines and learn how to clean your computer/browsers manually.

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To remove Tiny Media Player adware, follow these steps:

Delete Tiny Media Player from Windows systems

Eliminate all bogus products from your Windows computer system. Use these steps to achieve such task:

  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 Tiny Media Player and related programs
    Here, look for Tiny 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'

Erase Tiny Media Player from Internet Explorer (IE)

Explorer can be reversed back to its previous state if you carry out each below-provided step as required in the instructing guide:

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

Get rid of Tiny Media 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, Tiny Media Player should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Tiny Media Player from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can free Mozilla Firefox from questionable software and reverse all dubious changes by performing these guidelines:

  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 Tiny 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 Tiny Media Player removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Tiny Media Player from Google Chrome

Clean your Google Chrome web browser with the help of the below-given steps:

  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 Tiny 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 Tiny Media Player removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Tiny 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 Tiny 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 Tiny Media Player removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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