Do you know what Uplayer is?
The reason Uplayer was categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) is because it might show users annoying commercial ads, contest ads, and other offers from the third party. The PUP was created by a company known as Full Spectrum Interactive, which is considered to be a primary distributor of potentially unwanted programs. Uplayer might be not as harmful as software that is considered to be malware, but it is unreliable, and you should not wait till something goes wrong. If you decide to get rid of the application, we can offer you our removal guide that is placed below the text. Users who still have doubts about the software, should read the full article and learn more about the PUP.
The application itself is a video player that according to our researchers looks like a remade version of a well-known program called VLC media player. If you compare buttons in the interface settings window of the PUP, you should notice that these icons look like the ones that are used by the VLC media player. Uplayer even provides a link to the collection of skins that are on the VLC’s official web page. The note next to the link says “you can download other skins at VLC skins website.”
Even though the applications might look similar, they are not the same. The video player comes from a suspicious company that is known as a publisher of PUPs and adware. Full Spectrum Interactive uses DownloadAdminTM download manager for the installation of its software. Thus, Uplayer should use the same downloads manager as well. The program’s installer may offer you additional third-party software that might also be supported by advertising. The installer is available on the application’s official web page, but it could be distributed bundled with other programs too.Uplayer screenshot
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If you downloaded the PUP’s installer from uplayer.us.com, you might have been offered to add a browser extension. However, our researchers notice that the user might be suggested to download different extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In fact, the Mozilla Firefox users could be forced to add the proposed extension as otherwise they might not be able to download the application’s installer. If you noticed any suspicious changes of your default homepage, search engine, or new tab page, check your browser and remove the extension, which causes these modifications.
As you install the PUP, it should create a couple of folders titled as uPlayer. These folders might appear in the %AppData% and %ProgramFiles(x86)% or %ProgramFiles% directories. The PUP seems to be working, although its appearance might be different from the one that is shown on the official web page. Also, the software is supported by advertising, so you may receive annoying pop-ups with third-party ads. Some of the ads could advertise other potentially unwanted programs, e.g. MyPCBackup.
If you do not want to keep any questionable software that is also supported by third-party advertising, you should not hesitate to erase the PUP at once. The removal process is not that complicated as you may think. Users can get rid of Uplayer through Control Panel, although there might be some leftover files that you would have to delete on your own. Nonetheless, there is a removal guide below that you can use, so there should be no trouble with the program’s uninstallation. What’s more, the PUP can be easily erased with a trustworthy antimalware tool as well. All you have to do is install the tool and use its features to eliminate the unwanted application.
Windows 8 & Windows 10
- Press Windows Key+R, type Control Panel and click OK.
- Click Uninstall a program, mark Uplayer and press Uninstall.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Navigate to Start menu and open Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program, select the PUP and click Uninstall.
- Go to Start and launch Control Panel.
- Select Add or Remove Programs, mark the application and press Uninstall.
Erase the leftovers
- Open the Explorer.
- Copy and paste this location %Appdata%
- Find a folder named as uplayer and right-click to delete it.
- Empty the Recycle bin.
In non-techie terms:
Uplayer is a questionable application that could be a remade version of a well-known media player called VLC. If you need such software, we would advise you to use the original version of the popular media player. As for the PUP, it might be better to remove it from the system. The application is suspicious, and you should not take any chances with it. If you decide to erase it, you can either delete it manually with the removal guide above or download an antimalware tool and eliminate the PUP with automatic features.