A Google Chrome and Firefox extension, called AS Magic Player has become a reason for security concerns, virus researchers report. The extension claims to provide online playback of both video and audio content via a BitTorrent protocol using well known websites and torrent trackers. However, it is not as useful as it pretends to be. The unwanted application collects and changes data on the websites visited by users as well as communicates with native applications and this is all done with the purpose of displaying annoying advertisements on user PCs where usually there are no ads. The consequences from such ads may vary but they are mostly negative for the end user and this is why its removal is highly recommended.
|Name||AS Magic Player|
|Short Description||The browser extension claims to let user listen to audio and watch video via torrents online, however is reported to display heavy advertised content.|
|Symptoms||Take over of banner spaces on the usual websites visited by the user and prompts the adding of Ace Stream Browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or direct download.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by AS Magic Player|
|User Experience||Join our forum topic about AS Magic Player to read how to remove it and discuss it.|
AS Magic Player – How Did I Get It
One way to let this potentially harmful program (PUP) to slip into your system is to install another free program downloaded from a central software-providing website that is most likely a third-party one and not the official site of the software you want to get (torrent engine, media player, file converter, etc.). Such websites usually bundle other applications, like AS Magic Player into the installers of their software in order to advertise it as a part of an affiliate scheme for profit.
This is why it is highly advisable to watch out where you download freeware from and to monitor carefully the installation process.
AS Magic Player – What Does It Do
Once installed on your browser, the ‘Magic Player’ may begin showing interruptive ads in different forms, main of which are banners on the websites visited by the user, as well as pop-ups. Note that those websites are reported to have no advertisements without having the AS Magic Player extension working, which means it takes over banner space.
A good way to test AS Magic Player is to go to Chrome or Firefox’s add-ons or extensions menu and try to disable AS Magic Player and visit a website, after which you can visit the same site with the extension enabled. In case you are successful, these advertisements come from this browser extension. In case you see advertisements even though it is disabled, you may have more than one adware application on your computer.
What is more, this particular application features some shady privacy policies:
→“As a part of «AS (TS) Magic Player», User activates a special advertising module that places advertisements on websites visited by User in the Internet, using the following methods:
• Disabling advertisements on websites.
• Replacing the original advertisement on different websites with promotional materials of Rightsholder.
• Placing additional Rightsholder’s promotional materials on the websites visited by User.
• Mixed mode (simultaneous activation/usage of multiple methods of adding promotional materials).”
As visible above the software developers themselves do not conceal that it may take over ad spaces and display adverts, Lavasoft researchers report.
What is more, the application has been reported to be installed and enabled automatically which is very untypical for browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. The app has even been reported to run after being disabled by the user. This is done by two processes, called ace_engine.exe and ace_update.exe that belong to Ace Player and AS Magic Player and restart the extension automatically after it has been closed by the user.
Removing AS Magic Player Completely from Your Computer
In order to remove this application manually, you should first stop it to automatically run as a service on system start-up and a process in Windows task manager, tutorial for which you can find by clicking on the link below:
After stopping the processes all that it takes now is to remove the extension by using the tutorial in the accordion below and detect any other threats or leftover files after manual removal in the process.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall AS Magic Player in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall AS Magic Player.
Step 2: Remove AS Magic Player from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select AS Magic Player and click “Remove”
After AS Magic Player is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select AS Magic Player to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After AS Magic Player has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on AS Magic Player
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall AS Magic Player. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the AS Magic Player will be removed.