How to remove Nice Player virus on Mac?

Bundling adware with apps that look legitimate is a common tactic among scammers and others who want to steal data or make money. Often, the apps are hosted on legitimate download websites. They were once good applications but are now vehicles for malware. Nice Player, once a widely recommended video player, is one such app.

What you need to know about Nice Player

Nice Player was once a popular video player for the Mac, and it could play formats not supported by the built-in QuickTime Player and had additional features, too.

Now, however, it seems to have been targeted by scammers who want to sneak their adware onto your Mac as a way of making money or stealing data. The precise type of malware varies, but it’s likely that many of the nasty surprises Nice Player has in store include browser extensions to redirect searches and display intrusive adverts over browser windows. It’s also been reported that Nice Player installs other potentially unwanted programs that could steal data or try and persuade you to pay for software you don’t need.

To avoid being troubled by this malware, you should pay attention to the apps you download and where you download them from. Stick to the App Store and the websites of the developers of the apps you want to download. Also, avoid large download sites. If your Mac warns you that an app you’re trying to install is not made by a trusted developer and asks you to confirm you want to install it, think carefully before you proceed. Research the app first, and make sure it’s not associated with any known malware threats.

How to remove Nice Player virus from your Mac

Nice Player isn’t a virus. It doesn’t copy itself from computer to computer and doesn’t itself harm your Mac. However, it is likely that it has installed other software that you don’t want and need to remove. This software may include browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs. Here’s how to get rid of it all.

1. Trash Nice Player

This is the first step. Find Nice Player in your Applications folder and drag it to the Trash. Now, empty the Trash.

Did you know?

Dragging an app to the Trash and emptying it doesn’t uninstall the app. There may still be files lying around on your startup disk. To fully uninstall an app, you should use a dedicated uninstaller. I advise using CleanMyMac X (free version here). Its Uninstaller module will remove all the files associated with an app with just a click.

2. Remove suspicious browser extensions

The name of the extensions installed alongside Nice Player will vary, so you need to look out for any that you haven’t installed yourself in all the web browsers you use. 

Remove extensions from Safari
  1. Launch Safari, click on the Safari menu, and choose Preferences (Settings in macOS Ventura).
  2. Select the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for any extensions that look suspicious or that you haven’t installed yourself.
  4. Select any extensions you want to remove and press Uninstall.
  5. Choose the General tab and set your homepage and search engine to your preferences.
Get rid of extensions from Google
  1. Launch Google and type “chrome://extensions” into the address bar.
  2. Look for any extensions that look suspicious or that you don’t remember installing.
  3. When you find one, press Remove.
  4. Once you’ve removed all the extensions you want to get rid of, type “chrome://settings” into the address bar.
  5. Scroll down to Search Engines and set it to your preferred search engine.
  6. Go to the “On Startup” section and set your homepage to the homepage you want.
Remove extensions from Firefox
  1. Launch Firefox and click on the three lines at the right of the toolbar.
  2. Choose “Add-ons and themes,” then navigate to Extensions and look for any suspicious extensions.
  3. When you find one, press Remove.
  4. Once you’ve removed all the extensions you want to get rid of, press the three lines again and choose Settings > Home.
  5. Set the homepage and search engine to your preferences.


If you don’t want to follow the steps above, try using CleanMyMac X. It has a dedicated Extensions module that will help you remove any unwanted extensions in a couple of clicks.

Extensions module of CleanMyMacX

Nice Player isn’t a virus; it’s a media player that was once highly regarded. However, in recent years, it’s been used by scammers to bundle malware and, particularly, browser hijackers. Once installed, this malware displays intrusive adverts in your web browser and steals data. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid by being careful about the applications you download and install. And if you do install it, you can remove it following the steps above.  Finally, whether it’s uninstalling unwanted apps, removing browser extensions, or even getting rid of malware quickly and easily, CleanMyMac X can help.

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