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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 virusTiny 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 ReimageIntego 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 PUPTiny 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 ReimageIntego 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:

To remove Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player (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.

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:

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 Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Tiny Media Player adware 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 Tiny Media Player-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

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:

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 Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Tiny Media Player from Google Chrome

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

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 Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player-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 Tiny Media Player removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Tiny Media Player 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 Tiny Media Player 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

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Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

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While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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