Wednesday, 9 November 2011, and Adware

Today we found two websites, and, that utilize fake web player to change default Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox start pages and search bars of an unsuspecting users to increase traffic to given websites. When run, the fake web player installs applications called Complitly, zap and Web Player tool and then offers to install the following adware/potentially unwanted programs on your compurter: Xvid codec pack, ShopperReports, QuestScan, GotClip downloader, ClickPotato, Sweet IM, Babylon Toolbar. It may subsequently display pop-up advertisements on your computer as well. It's not that easy to get people to visit your website, especially if you don't host useful information but spamming and generating traffic hits is definitely not the best way to build a solid readership.

As you can see, there is an obvious increase in traffic volume of both websites, and

The default Internet Explorer start page was changed to, in Mozilla Firefox it was and Google Chrome was modified to return search results from QuestScan address bar search provider.

Although, you can easily uninstall video codecs and toolbars via Window's Control Panel, you will have to take some additional steps in order to remove third-party search providers and to reset the home page to the default. Besides, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox may sometimes crash because of installed add-ons and extensions. Problems may occur when you try to change the default start page in Mozilla Firefox. Many users have already complained that they can't change it, Firefox serves up even if you you change your homepage to about blank page. Thankfully, we've got the removal instructions to help you to remove and browser hijackers and additionally installed malware from your computer. If you have any questions please ask. Good luck and be safe online! and related adware removal instructions:

1. Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

2. Uninstall the following programs:
  • Complitly
  • zap
  • Web Player tool
  • Xvid codec pack
  • ShopperReports
  • QuestScan
  • ClickPotato
  • GotClip downloader
  • Sweet IM
  • Babylon Toolbar
Select the program and click Remove button.
If you are using Windows Vista/7, click Uninstall up near the top of that window.

3. Now you can change your home page and uninstall search providers. To remove the leftovers of this adware, please scan your computer with anti-malware software.

Remove in Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open up Mozilla Firefox. Type about:config in the Location Bar (address bar) and press Enter to display the list of preferences.

2. Now in the filter field, type in webplayer and press Enter.

3. Double-click the browser.startup.homepage preference. Delete and type in or whatever you want. Click OK. That's it!

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