But what are you to do, if as an innocent user, you need to download some software and you trust the company that created it but you're not crazy about the thought of also installing adware onto your PC? One thing you can try is layering yourself with an additional coat of protection by using an anti-malware program. It prevents whatever you are downloading from changing anything on your computer. Instead it tells you exactly what the software wishes to do and then gives you the option of either moving it out of the sandbox and onto your PC or halting the installation altogether. It would be a really great addition to your antivirus program because most AV engines do not detect potentially unwanted programs because they are not malware per say. However, they are still dangerous and may cause problems.
You should also ensure that your machine is fully up to date and has Microsoft's latest security patches installed as this will offer very good protection against adware or malicious software that could be installed by a 'drive by'. Also extremely important is making sure that you have the latest version of the software produced by other companies that you use. After all, most of us don't just use Windows on our PCs – how many of us use Apple software (iTunes for example) or programs by Adobe (Dreamweaver) and Oracle (Java) too? In fact many IT gurus suggest that to be as safe as possible, anyone with Java on their machine should uninstall it completely as this is prone to attack by exploitive software. If you really must use it make sure that, again, you only have one version on your PC and that it's the absolute latest one. Please note that scammers tend to distribute adware and PUPs in very misleading ways, for example, you can get a pop-up claiming that your Flash Player or Java is out of date. The installer they want to download will install KeyPlayer and similar adware on your computer, not only Flasf player or Java.
How to get rid of this adware? Generally speaking you should be able to do this via the Windows Control Panel. One of the few good things about adware and PUPs is that they are usually pretty easy to uninstall. In this case, the program should be listed as Key Player. But remember, since it comes bundled with other program, it could be listed under a different name. To remove the adware and related malware please use recommended anti-malware program which is very good at catching and eliminating adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs that are not classed as vriuses and therefore sneak through your anti-viruses' normal check. Adware and PUPs such as KeyPlayer can also fool anti-viruses by creating shortcuts on a your desktop to trick the anti-virus into thinking that it's something that you downloaded intentionally. This is another cunning PUP trick: obviously the really nasty viruses don't make themselves quite so easy to find on your machine!
Whilst it's fair to say adware and PUPs are not malicious, they can be a real nuisance. They can also leave your PC vulnerable to attack by something a lot more serious. Stay one step ahead by watching what you download and by always reading software license agreements carefully. To remove it from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
KeyPlayer removal instructions:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Key Player program from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following Key Player.
If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove KeyPlayer from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the KeyPlayer extension.
Remove KeyPlayer from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the KeyPlayer extension.
Remove KeyPlayer from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the KeyPlayer browser add-on.
Associated KeyPlayer Files:
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\KeyPlayer
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\KeyPlayer\IE\common.dll