Update August 2019. What is WinPlayer? How to remove WinPlayer on Mac? How to try and restore WinPlayer files?
WinPlayer is the type of malware you do not want on your Mac. It’s primary purpose is to collect information from your Mac and send this information to cyber-criminals. It is also often associate with several corrupted MacOS applications that may currently be installed on your Mac as researchers at Checkpoint security report. Read this article to learn how you can remove WinPlayer from Mac.
|Type||Trojan for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to slither on your Mac silently and perform Trojan activities and download adware apps.|
|Symptoms||An installer with unfamiliar origin appearing on your Mac. Adware.|
|Distribution Method||Via suspicious downloads, virus URLs or malicious e-mail spam.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss WinPlayer.|
WinPlayer – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
WinPlayer can enter your Mac via a fake application that you may have installed. Such fake apps can land on your Mac if you have possibly downloaded them from suspicious third-party websites. The main goal of those sites could be to be to offer downloads of third-party apps of different types. Once you download and install the app, infection with this malware is inevitable.
The primary goal of WinPlayer on your Mac is to first obtain data from your Mac, such as:
- Model name.
- Processor type.
- Serial number of your Mac.
- Apps installed on your Mac.
Once the virus has gained control of your Mac, it may start to download and execute different viruses. According to researchers, WinPlayer may download mostly adware, but it can also download other types of viruses as well. So one side effect of having the malware on your Mac is to begin seeing ads of all types, such as:
- Browser banners.
- Ad-supported search results.
The main files of the malware have been identified by Checkpoint security analysts to be the following:
Not only this, but since it is a Trojan, it may also perform the following virus activities:
- Download malware.
- Log the keystrokes you type.
- Take screenshots.
- Control your camera or microphone.
- Steal financial data and saved passwords on your Mac.
Remove WinPlayer Trojan from Your Mac
In order to make sure that the Trojan is gone from your Mac, we recommend that you use the information in this article in combination with the removal steps underneath. They can help you isolate and delete this virus step by step. For maximum effectiveness during removal, we strongly suggest that you remove the WinPlayer Trojan by scanning your Mac with a reputable malware cleaner for Mac. Such software aims to detect and delete all of the objects that are associated with WinPlayer from your Mac swiftly.
- Guide 1: Get rid of WinPlayer from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove WinPlayer from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase WinPlayer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall WinPlayer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete WinPlayer from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate WinPlayer from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of WinPlayer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WinPlayer 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 WinPlayer 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 malware from your Mac
You can use the tool we recommended above in order to remove WinPlayer:
Remove WinPlayer 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 WinPlayer 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 WinPlayer 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 WinPlayer 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 WinPlayer will be removed.
Eliminate WinPlayer 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.
What is WinPlayer?
WinPlayer is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.
Be aware, that WinPlayer may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.
Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.
Is WinPlayer a Virus?
It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:
- Phishing sites.
- Web pages that are scam.
- Sites that may contain viruses.
These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.
Can my Mac get virus?
The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.
How did I get WinPlayer?
WinPlayer could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.
Also, WinPlayer adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.
You may have missed WinPlayer, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".
How to remove WinPlayer from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of WinPlayer from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.
An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were WinPlayer could be residing.
It will also make sure that WinPlayer is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.
How to protect my Mac from viruses?
To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:
1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.