Can’t Remove Bwplayer Ads? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove Bwplayer Ads “Virus” that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
Bwplayer Ads is an adware program which could affect your default web browser in a very annoying way. The application is typically related to a very aggressive ad-generation activity which floods the people’s screen with various ads, hard-to-remove pop-ups, new tabs, banners and offers every time they open a new browsing session. Most commonly, Bwplayer Ads tends to attach itself to popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera and force them to broadcast hundreds of sponsored commercials, pay-per-click ads and page-redirect links, which frequently interrupt the normal web surfing activity of the user. In case that you have been invaded by this adware and don’t know how to deal with it, in the next lines, we will show you how to uninstall it and remove all of its nagging pop-ups in such a way, that they will never bother you again. But first, let us tell you what exactly this type of software is capable of and why it creates so much disturbance in your browser.
Adware is a source of unstoppable ads-streaming!
Adware is a term which is commonly used to describe programs, apps and other software components that tend to generate an unstoppable flow of advertisements through the users’ default browser. In its core, such software is not as harmful as a Trojan horse, a Ransomware virus or another type of virus and couldn’t typically cause any serious damage to the system. The reason is, the purpose of the adware apps in general is not to perform some type of a cyber crime but to promote certain things and to generate pay-per-click profits for its developers.
It is definitely not that fatal if you have a program like Bwplayer Ads on your PC but if you don’t remove it, you should be ready to deal with some very intense ad-generating activity, page-redirects and exposure to various promotional links. More often than not, the adware may contribute to a slower performance of the system, unresponsiveness of the affected browser and sudden crashes due to the excessive amount of ads it may try to push on your screen. This will, naturally, reduce the quality of your web experience and will probably convince you to complete the uninstallation of the adware either with the help of a removal guide or by scanning your PC with a professional removal tool.
Is Bwplayer Ads a Virus?
The fact that the adware apps do not belong to any virus category is quite relieving. However, despite not being created to cause harm, this software could indirectly contribute to the exposure of your computer system and data to other security hazards if you are not careful with it. For instance, a good reason not to keep a program like Bwplayer Ads on the system could be the possibility of clicking on misleading or fake ads. Sometimes, people with malicious intentions may find a way to sneak an infected link or a realistic-looking (but fake) offer in the randomly displayed stream of pop-ups on your screen and if you happen to click on such an advert, you may potentially get your machine attacked by some nasty Trojan horse or Ransomware virus (or some other virus threat) in no time. That’s why, as harmless as it is, one should try to avoid adware and its content as much as possible or, better yet, uninstall it completely in order to eliminate such risks.
How to protect your system from adware?
Luckily, most adware apps can’t infect your system on their own. This means, that you can easily prevent adware apps from becoming part of your system if only you know how to avoid their most common sources. In most of the cases, such sources would be torrents, free downloads, different software bundles, automatic installers and misleading update requests, ad-supported programs, software bundles, and free add-ons. If you stay away from them, you’d greatly reduce the chances of getting a program like Bwplayer Ads and having your browser taken over by annoying ads and page-redirects. Another way to protect your PC from potentially unwanted applications is to always pay attention to the software you install.
Sometimes, an adware app or a similar ad-broadcasting component might be bundled with the setup of the main program that you want to install. In such a case, you have to carefully read the EULA and any small text or optional clauses that ask for your permission to allow the installer to make changes in your settings or install additional elements in your system. It is highly advisable that you use the manual or the advanced options during the setup process instead of the automatic/quick ones because this way you can have more control over the installation wizard and opt out of any agreements and bundled components’ installation that might have been added to the installer.
Bwplayer Ads Removal Guide
Android user, please use our Android virus Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac virus Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Bwplayer Ads software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Bwplayer Ads
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from virus, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Bwplayer Ads on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Bwplayer Ads in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Bwplayer Ads and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Bwplayer Ads in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.