This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with MPlayerX and provides a complete guide on how to remove harmful files and how to restore affected browsers.
MplayerX is a deceptive program that could affect Mac users without their knowledge. MplayerX is presented as a useful program which enhances your video watching experience on channels like YouTube. However, once started on the device it starts generating various online ads in affected browsers and system. As long as this program is running on your Mac you could witness browser slowdowns, system freezes and a lot bogus ads.
|Short Description||A potentially undesired program with rogue functionalities. It claims to be able to enhance video quiality and speed on channels like YouTube.|
|Symptoms||This rogue program could load on each system start. Its real purpose is to generate annoying pop-ups and other kind of advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling; Corrupted freeware installers; Open source communities|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by MPlayerX |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MPlayerX.|
MPlayerX – How Did I Get It
Software bundling seems to be the primary spread technique that delivers the unwanted MplayerX program on Mac devices. With the help of this technique, owners of this suspicious app are able to bundle their deceptive program to various free third-party apps and release them across the web.
How they can trick you to run the configuration code of their app on your Mac, is by concealing it in the installers of other supposedly useful apps. They hope that you will choose the default installation approach as there you will not find any details about its presence. One way to prevent the installation of undesired apps like MplayerX is hidden in the Advanced/Custom configuration step that is presented in almost all app installers. Usually, there you could reveal the presence of bundled undesired programs and opt out their installation.
Another distribution channel is its official website that is hosted on the domain mplayerx.org. Here is how its main page looks like:
The suspicious program MplayerX could be also downloaded from various open source communities and other platforms for software downloads.
We believe that this unwanted and potentially harmful program could affect almost all of your installed web browsers. Among affected could be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Safari.
MPlayerX – More Information
MplayerX is presented as a useful program which enhances your video watching experience on channels like YouTube. However, soon after it is running on your Mac it could start generating constant pop-ups and other types of ads.
Some of these ads could offer you to buy applications with a discount but it is yet another scam that attempts to trick you into installing rogue programs that expose your Mac at risk of serious malware infections.
Traits of ads generated by MplayerX rogue application could be some of the following phrases displayed on the ad formats:
- Ads by MplayerX
- Promoted by MplayerX
- Ads generated by MplayerX
- Promotions by MplayerX
Another issue that may occur after MplayerX gains access to your Mac is collection of sensitive data. Since its primary purpose is to generate revenue for its owners its goal is to obtain certain details from affected systems and then send them to its connected servers. Collected details could be related to you and your browsing behavior. They could serve adware owners for the optimization of advertising campaigns.
So as long as this undesired program is running on the system it may be able to obtain details like:
- Browsing history
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
Unfortunately, the data could be also disclosed to third-parties of unknown origin that could easily misuse it and cause some privacy and security related issues.
If you want to clean your Mac device and prevent all issues caused by MplayerX you need to remove all files associated with the program from the system and then reset the settings of affected browsers. See how to go step-by-step through the removal of this adware in the guide below.
In order to remove MPlayerX adware and all files that support its persistent presence on your Mac, you should complete all steps listed in the removal that follows. In it, you will find both manual and automatic removal instructions that could help you to remove this undesired program in full. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
- Guide 1: Get rid of MPlayerX from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove MPlayerX from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase MPlayerX from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall MPlayerX from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete MPlayerX from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate MPlayerX from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of MPlayerX from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MPlayerX and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MPlayerX via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove MPlayerX files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MPlayerX, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MPlayerX from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MPlayerX from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MPlayerX from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete MPlayerX from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MPlayerX will be removed.
Eliminate MPlayerX from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.