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.