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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

FreeTheMedia Player

FreeTheMedia Player’s promotional campaign declares that it will cover all of your needs, but, as you will find out, this is not entirely true. Removing this program is a viable option since it has no significant improvements of its competition. Therefore, after analyzing it, we have classified this program as potentially unwanted (PUP.) Our main problem with it is that it may come bundled with adware or secretly download it after being installed. So you have installed this media player on your system, then you should consider swapping it for some other media player because this one does not offer an improved video viewing experience.

Its owners claim that it can play 48 different audio and video formats, but this number is not nearly enough to get by without having to install a codec pack or another, secondary media player. This program’s developers cut corners on many things while developing this program. It looks identical to Windows Media Player 11 but lacks most of its functions. Still, it has managed to borrow some ideas from VLC Player by introducing a function that enables you to manipulate the visual and audio quality, adjust video color, and rotate, crop, and add text to a video. Still, this functionality has not convinced us. In any case, this program comes at a certain price even though it is free to download for everyone to use.

After doing some digging, we have found that this application has been set to distribute adware. Adware is a malicious type of software that displays annoying advertisements that often lead to various Trojan infections when clicked. It may distribute this malicious software using two methods. The first one is very deceptive indeed. It downloads adware by secretly connecting to a remote server. However, it might also be bundled with adware and put up for download on free software distributing websites. In any case, it seems that this program’s owners are more concerned with what this application comes bundled with than with how it plays media files. You should get rid of this media player and get another one if you do not want your computer to become infected with dangerous malware. If that were to happen, then your personal files may become encrypted, you might be spayed upon, or your computer may be controlled from a remote location. It all depends on the malware that may be promoted via fake ads that FreeTheMedia Player may install. So this chain of events can have enormous consequences.

We also want to inform you that this program’s distribution website at Freethemediaplayer.com is detected and blocked by at least 5 Antivirus programs. This just goes to show that a security application is a must because otherwise you end up installing bad software. In any case, this website is currently not the only place where you can get a standalone version of this program since it can also be found on Cnet.com, Software.informer.com. Nevertheless, it may also be bundled with other applications and featured on shady software distributing websites. There is no telling with what kind of software in might come with and whether you can opt it out from the installation setup by unchecking its checkbox. However, regardless, you should always select advanced/custom settings to remove unwanted content as more and more software is set to promote other programs.

If you want to delete FreeTheMedia Player from your computer, then you have come to the right website. We have prepared a step-by-step guide that will help you wipe out all traces of this application. This involves uninstalling it from Control Panel and manually deleting the leftover files and registry keys. Note that tampering with the registry keys is not recommended for inexperienced users, so you do this at your risk. You should also make sure to check for malware that may already have slithered in by using our recommended malware detection and removal tool. Note that some adware has to be removed from the browsers’ extensions menu, but Trojans always hide in system files, so they are difficult to detect manually.

How to get rid of FreeTheMedia Player

Windows 10

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key+X.
  2. Go to Programs and Features.
  3. Find the media player double-click on it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar.
  2. Click Settings and select Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the program.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the unwanted program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find FreeTheMedia Player.
  5. Click the Remove button.

Remove the Registry keys from the Windows Registry (caution advised)

  1. Simultaneously press the Windows+R keys.
  2. Type regedit in the box and click OK.
  3. Find and delete keys titled 31555F19-E584-4CC9-8F97-8BA1A1CAD6E4}_is1 and {31555F19-E584-4CC9-8F97-8BA1A1CAD6E4} in the locations provided below.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall (only on 64-bit operating systems)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall (for both 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems.)

Delete the junk files

  1. Press the Windows+E keys.
  2. Delete the following directories.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\Program Files\FREETHEMEDIA player.
  • %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\VirtualStore\Program Files\FREETHEMEDIA player.
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