Uninstall KMPlayer ads (Uninstall Guide) - Oct 2016 updated

KMPlayer ads Removal Guide

Description of Ads by KMPlayer

Why do I see KMPlayer ads?

Probably many computer users are familiar with KMPlayer – a free multimedia player that is the main competitor for VLC Media Player. This free program is also known as K-Multimedia and KMP. After the latest update, users started complaining about its delivered advertisements. Ads by KMPlayer appeared on the right sidebar of the program which promotes various games and applications. Generating revenue from the ads might be reasonable for the creators of the free program. Well, some users find ads annoying and disturbing, but it’s not the main issue. The problem is that some of these ads might lead to potentially dangerous and malicious websites. By visiting these sites, your computer might catch a serious infection, or you may be tricked into a downloading questionable software. KMPlayer ads might warn victims about a necessity to scan and repair computer because of various errors. However, there’s no need to install and scan your PC with a questionable program. It’s better to remove KMPlayer from the computer or disable misleading advertisements.

Furthermore, some users claim that the program appeared on their computers out of the blue. Indeed, this program might be spread using ‘bundling’ technique which allows adding the program as an optional to the regular software package. Because of this feature, the program is often called KMPlayer virus; however, this term is not valid for it. It might be called as potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. If you are one of the program users who are annoyed about advertisements, you can take some time and disable them for good. However, if the program has appeared on your PC without your permission, you should get rid of it. For KMPlayer removal use ReimageIntego – this anti-malware tool is capable of eliminating all unwanted programs with all their components.

Can this player get inside the computer without my permission?

KMPlayer is a legitimate program that users can download from the official website. But, as we already mentioned, it can also be spread bundled with various free programs users download from the Internet. This method allows adding programs as an optional and installing them with the regular program. Many computer users think that software installers openly disclose about additional programs’ suggestions. Unfortunately, they don’t. Users have to check installation process themselves and prevent potentially unwanted programs from getting inside. However, users often use ‘Quick’ or ‘Standard’ installation setup and only click ‘Next’ and ‘Agree’ buttons without paying attention. This installation mode does not allow seeing the list of optional programs and install them by default. In order to see the list of additional applications and control their installation, you have to install programs using ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ mode. During the installation process, you will encounter the checkbox with various toolbars, browser extensions and other unwanted programs such as KMPlayer. You have to unmark them and continue the installation. If this option is not allowed, do not install the program.

Disable or remove KMPlayer ads

Ads by KMPlayer won’t fade away themselves. It’s a money making tool for the developers. However, if you are not willing to sponsor the authors of this free multimedia player, you can disable ads by following these steps:

  1. Find the Notepad on your PC.
  2. Right click on the Notepad and select Run as administrator.
  3. Click Ctrl+O at the same time to open the dialog box.
  4. Go to the folder called ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc’. Here, change file type to All files.
  5. Then open the Hosts file. Go to the end and type in ‘127.0.0.1 player.kmpmedia.net’.
  6. Save the changes by clicking Ctrl+S.

Important! If the Notepad asks to create a new file, it means that you are not running the computer as an administrator.

If you haven’t installed the program, you might probably want to get rid of it. KMPlayer removal might be initiated manually or automatically. At the end of the article, you will find manual removal instructions. Carefully look through them and make sure you are capable of detecting and eliminating the program with all its components. If these steps seem difficult to you, you can remove KMPlayer automatically. All you have to do is to employ anti-malware program and scan computer’s system.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of KMPlayer ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall KMPlayer in Windows systems

Carefully follow the instructions and remove KMPlayer from the computer. If you haven’t installed  the program yourself, think about recently installed programs. One of them is responsible for bringing it on the PC and you should eliminate it too.

Terminate suspicious programs from Windows 10/8 machines by following these instructions:

  1. Type Control Panel into Windows search and once the result shows up hit Enter.
  2. Under Programs, choose Uninstall a program.
    Programs in Control panel
  3. Find components related to suspicious programs.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. Click Yes when User Account Control shows up.
    Confirm uninstall
  6. Wait for the process of uninstallation to be done and click OK.

Windows 7/XP instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start and go to Control Panel on the right pane.
  2. Choose Add/Remove Programs.
    Remove the program
  3. Select Uninstall a program under Programs in Control Panel.
  4. Click once on the unwanted application.
  5. Click Uninstall/Change at the top.
  6. Confirm with Yes.
  7. Click OK and finish the removal.

Uninstall KMPlayer in Mac OS X system

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for KMPlayer or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete KMPlayer ads from Microsoft Edge browser

We recommend to check the list of extensions and look up for suspicious plugins, extensions or add-ons. If you find any, follow the steps below and remove them.

Delete suspicious extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Go to the Menu by clicking on the three horizontal dots at the top-right.
  2. Then pick Extensions.
    Uninstalling apps
  3. Choose the unwanted add-ons on the list and click on the Gear icon.
  4. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.

Clear cookies and other data:

  1. Click on the Menu and from the context menu select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
    Clear data
  3. Choose everything except passwords, and click on Clear.

Alter new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge fully:

  1. Click on the keyboard Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Choose More details arrow at the bottom.
  3. Go to Details tab.
    Task Manager processes
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it.
  5. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.

When none of the above solves the issue, you might need an advanced Edge reset method, but you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on the PC: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
    Folders
  3. Right-click on the selection and choose Delete
  4. Right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    PowerShell clearing
  5. Copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions:

  1. Open Edge and click Settings.
  2. Then find Extensions.
    Chromium-Edge
  3. Delete unwanted extensions with the Remove.

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and then Settings.
  2. Find Privacy and services.
  3. Locate Clear browsing data, then click Choose what to clear.
    Reseting
  4. Time range.
  5. Click All time.
  6. Select Clear now.

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge browser fully:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. On the left side, choose Reset settings.
    Full browser reset
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Click Reset.

Delete KMPlayer from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

It is doubtful that KMPlayer has installed some suspicious entries to Mozilla Firefox. However, if you have clicked on a particular advertisement and visited a potentially dangerous website, some questionable plugins and extensions might have been installed. Check the list and remove those entries.

Remove suspicious Firefox extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the three horizontal lines at the top-right to open the menu.
  2. Select Add-ons in the context menu.
    Browser settings
  3. Choose plugins that are creating issues and select Remove.

Reset the homepage on the browser:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner.
  2. This time select Options.
  3. Under Home section, enter your preferred site for the homepage that will open every time you launch Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Find the Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to choose Cookies and Site Data.
    Blocking sites
  4. Click on Clear Data… option.
  5. Click Cookies and Site Data, Cached Web Content and press Clear.

Reset Mozilla Firefox:

If none of the steps above helped you, reset Mozilla Firefox as follows:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and go to the menu.
  2. Click Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.
    Troubleshooting issues
  3. Locate Give Firefox a tune-up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox on the pop-up.
    Reset the Firefox

Chrome browser reset

We doubt that the program has installed additional toolbars to Google Chrome. However, you should still check the list of extensions. For example, if you have clicked on a malicious ad and visited a shady wesbite, some tracking cookies or other suspicious apps might have been installed. Follow the steps and remove those entries.

Find and remove suspicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. In Google Chrome, open the Menu by clicking three vertical dots at the top-right corner.
  2. Select More tools > Extensions.
  3. Once the window opens, you will see all the installed extensions.
  4. Find any suspicious add-ons related to any PUP.
  5. Uninstall them by clicking Remove. Removing extensions

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click the Menu and select Settings.
  2. Find Privacy and security section.
  3. Choose Clear browsing data.
  4. Select Browsing history.
  5. Cookies and other site data, also Cached images and files.
  6. Click Clear data. Clearing data

Alter settings of the homepage:

  1. Go to the menu and choose Settings.
  2. Find odd entries in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages.
  4. Then click on three dots and look for the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome fully:

You might need to reset Google Chrome and properly eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Go to Chrome Settings.
  2. Once there, scroll down to expand Advanced section.
  3. Scroll down to choose Reset and clean up.
  4. Click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Click Reset settings again. Resetting Google Chrome

Delete KMPlayer from Safari

Get rid of questionable extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari.
  2. Then go to Preferences…
    Preferences of Safari
  3. Choose Extensions on the menu.
  4. Select the unwanted extension and then pick Uninstall.

Clear cookies from Safari:

  1. Click Safari.
  2. Choose Clear History…
    Clearing history
  3. From the drop-down menu under Clear, find and pick all history.
  4. Confirm with Clear History.

Reset Safari fully:

  1. Click Safari and then Preferences…
  2. Choose the Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop.
    Empty caches
  5. Then select Empty Caches.

Even if you have completed all the steps above, we still strongly recommend you to scan your computer system with a powerful anti-malware software. It is advisable to do that because an automatic malware removal tool can detect and delete all remains of KMPlayer, for instance, its registry keys. The anti-malware program can help you to easily detect and eliminate possibly dangerous software and malicious viruses in an easy way. You can use any of our top-rated malware removal programs: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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