Remove Player Virus (.player File) + Restore Data

Remove Player Virus (.player File) + Restore Data

What is Player virus? How does Player virus work? How to open Player virus files? How to remove Player virus and try to restore encrypted files?

The Player virus is actually a ransomware infection, and once the infection takes place, you won’t be able to use your files anymore, until you pay a ransom fee. Your files get blocks of their data replaced with data from the encryption algorithm used by the Player virus. The virus then adds its own file extension and drops a ransom note file. The ransomware’s purpose is to get victims to pay a certain amount of money in Bitcoin to get your files to be decrypted using the unique decryption key that is generated and held by the crooks.

Our investigation suggests that .player ransomware is in fact a variant of .budak STOP ransomware but we can’t confirm that the STOP decrypter will work for .player encrypted files.

Read this article to learn how to remove Player virus from your computer.

Threat Summary

NamePlayer virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt files and then ad its custom file extension to them,
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and cannot be opened. The Player virus also drops a ransom note file, containing the extortionist message.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by Player virus


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Player virus.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Player virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The primary method of distribution that is used by the Player virus is believed to be either via malicious web links or infection files. The Player virus may enter your computer as an e-mail attachment in an e-mail sent in massive malspam campaigns. Such can pretend that you have received an invoice, receipt or a document from your bank.

Not only this, but you may also download various different types of files and objects that you believe are legitimate. They can however prove to be exactly the opposite as these files may turn out to be the virus infection file.

Once you are infected with the Player virus, you may immediately notice it as your files may start to appear with the Player virus extension.

The first thing that happens after an infection with the Player virus is that the virus files are dropped in the following directories:


When this happens, the Player virus will then begin to perform the following malicious actions on your computer:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Touch system files.
  • Modify the Run and RunOnce Windows registries.
  • Obtain system information from your computer.
  • Relay information.
  • Obtain rights as an administrator to read and write files.

Once this is done, the Player virus begins scanning your computer for different files to encrypt. Player virus carefully skips encrypting files in the default system directories of Windows and instead it begins to encrypt files that have specific file extensions.

After the files are encrypted, you cannot open them and a unique file decryption key is generated and transferred to the cybercriminals. This makes them the only ones who can unlock your files. However, we strongly advise you not to pay any ransom, because paying means enabling further malicious operations as you are giving money to criminals.

Remove Player virus and Try Restoring Files

To remove Player virus from your computer, we strongly recommend that you read the instructions underneath. They have been created with the primary purpose to help you remove the Player virus files and try to restore all encrypted data. For a faster and effective removal, we strongly recommend that you download and run a scan of your computer using a professional malware removal software. Such program has been made with the main idea to help you erase all traces of the Player virus from your machine by scanning for its files and objects. It can also protect you from future threats and intrusive software of this type.


Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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