How can I stop Media Player Classic being

  pj123 18:37 05 Jun 2005

my default player?

If I try to listen to BBC radio or try some sample music tracks which are .ram files they used to start in Real Alternative. Now they all start in Media Player Classic. But whenever I close MP Classic it always comes up with "This programme has performed an illegal operation and will close". Its Properties say it is in the Temporary Internet Files. So I do a clean up and delete all Temp Internet Files and also all Cookies. But the next time I log on its back.

Any ideas, please. Oh, sorry. Running Win98SE

  ashdav 18:43 05 Jun 2005

I used to have this problem. Got around it by uninstalling MPC then reinstalling. If you have Real Alternative do you still need MPC?

  Joe R 18:52 05 Jun 2005


click on view, options, format and untick all, except for the real formats.

  pj123 19:15 05 Jun 2005

ashdav, no I don't want MPC at all. I didn't ask for it but for some reason it seems to install itself every time I log on to the internet.

Sorry, Joe R. do you mean view, options, format in MPC? Thanks.

I have already got Windows Media Player which I don't use either.

  Joe R 19:18 05 Jun 2005


yes, should have added to apply also after changes.

  Joe R 19:20 05 Jun 2005

also should have added to make sure, all the autoplay options are unticked.

  pj123 20:05 05 Jun 2005

Sorry Guys. I am now in a worse state than China.

Joe R, I did all that but it still insists on being the default audio player. I don't want MPC at all. I thought I had sussed it, I did a search and found it was in C:\Program Files.

It wasn't listed in Control Panel, Add and Remove so I deleted it from Program Files. I have rebooted and now all I get is an error message saying "mplayer.exe" cannot be found. I want to make Real Alternative or even JetAudio which I also have the default player.

Thank you and ashdav for your help so far.

ashdav you said you got round the problem by uninstalling and reinstalling. Where did you reinstall from, because I don't know where it came from in the first place?

  Joe R 20:09 05 Jun 2005


real alternative can only be used in conjunction with media player classic, and is downloaded with real alternative.

click here

  StephenRogers 20:18 05 Jun 2005

You could either go into jetaudio and set it to be the default audio player, or open an audio file using:
-open with

and click the 'always use this programme' box

  pj123 20:27 05 Jun 2005

Joe R, Brilliant. Thank you. Now I know where it came from. I have uninstalled it and downloaded it again. This time I have taken the ticks out of "make this my default player".

StephenRogers, thank you as well. I have done that and everything is now back to how it was.

Appreciate all your time and assistance.

Will tick as resolved.

  ashdav 23:56 05 Jun 2005

I thought you had installed MPC yourself. From your posts it's clear you've picked it up from the net somewhere. I was citing an instance where I had intentionally installed MPC and it screwed up. It looks like MPC has been installed on your computer by a bot of some kind. I would recommend you run any anti spyware you have installed. The usual a2, Spybot,Adaware combo should suffice If you haven't got it, install Spywareblaster click here If you get no positive results from the above you should run Hijackthis click here and post your log at click here
Good luck

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