SkinnyPlayer is a “lightweight media player” that actually seems to function all right; however, we have found that it shows a few questionable traits that might cause some security issues for you. Therefore, we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The applications in this category are usually not dangerous infections, but they might still hold risks for users indirectly. Of course, at the end of the day, it is up to you whether you remove SkinnyPlayer or not. However, if you regard your virtual security as a priority, you should not hesitate regarding this questionable program. We are here to share with you what kind of worrisome factors we have found. So please read on to find out more about this PUP and how you can protect your system against similar infections.
It is possible that you have visited the official website at skinnyplayer.org and that is where you downloaded this PUP from. Still, we do not think that too many users can actually find this page. It is, unfortunately, more likely that you installed this application via a free software bundle. This distribution method makes SkinnyPlayer unreliable due to the fact that these bundles may be packed with malware programs. Installing a whole package would mean multiple infections of your operating system. These infections may expose you to unsafe third-party web content and malicious websites through third-party advertising, for instance. Clicking on corrupted ads is really not what you want to experience. You should avoid them no matter how attractive or even relevant they might seem to be. Because of this suspicious behavior we definitely advise you to delete SkinnyPlayer, although the additional threats certainly mean more serious system security issues that also need to be addressed ASAP.
SkinnyPlayer was developed by XDisc Corp Ltd and it seems to support all of the following audio and video formats: AAC, FLAC, MP3, WMA, ASF, AVI, DTS, MPEG, MK4, MP4, M4V, MOV, MKV, OGG, 3GP, WAV. The player itself has proven to be a functioning one, to be quite fair. But, the bubble quickly burst when we realized that it may download malware infections, such as OurSurfing.com, silently in the background. That is very suspicious behavior that you should not tolerate if you care about your virtual security. It is possible that your browsers have been hijacked already and you may be presented with unreliable web content or third-party ads. That kind of exposure could be quite detrimental to your computer’s health or even your bank account if you get scammed by criminals. If you want to avoid such scenarios, we recommend that you remove SkinnyPlayer.
We cannot leave you without an effective solution to restore your infected machine. If you want to handle this situation manually, we advise you to follow our guide below this article. You can eliminate this threat even if you are not an expert user. But we would not recommend going after all the other potential infections because that would be a tedious task even for an experienced computer user. That is why we suggest that you use a reliable malware removal tool instead. After all, what could be more convenient and efficient than automated malware detection and elimination?
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