This page aims to help you remove Stack Player. These Stack Player uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Make your browser usable again!
The Internet can be a great thing, but in order for us to use it effectively, we need the help of a specific type of programs – we need browsers. We use them all the time and for the majority of actions that require the use of the Internet a browser program is required. That is why it is essential that your browser functions properly and that you’re in full control of it. Unfortunately, sometimes you might find out that something else has taken control over certain features of your browser, which may heavily reduce its effectiveness. There is an enormous number of unwanted programs that have the single purpose of obstructing your regular online experience and ruining your day by doing so. In most cases, those are rogue browser extensions/add-ons that, as long as they stay on your PC, will mess with your browser. One of the most infamous types of such intrusive software is called adware.
General facts about adware
Adware is a specific type of programs/browser add-ons that is notorious for generating annoying and obstructive adverts in your browser. If you’re currently dealing with rage-inducing and obstructive online pop-ups, banners and box messages, then you’re most likely dealing with Stack Player – one of the latest browser extensions of the adware type. Apart from the intrusive ads, adware programs might attempt to alter some of your browser settings and spy on your browsing history. Still, there’s no need to worry since Stack Player and programs similar to it are not viruses. Adware falls under the PUP software category. PUP stands for potentially unwanted program. There’s a distinct difference between PUP like adware and viruses like, for instance, ransomware. While programs like Stack Player might be really annoying and sometimes even frustrating, they are usually harmless to your PC and online security. On the other hand, viruses such as Trojan Horses and ransomware are as malicious as they come. That is why, if you have Stack Player installed onto your machine, there’s probably no real need to worry, since you remove it without much difficulty and it most probably won’t damage your system in any way.
However, we should tell you that even though adware programs are regarded as safe, in some rare cases their ads might contain potential threats and security hazards. Therefore, we advise you to stay away from those ads and avoid any interaction with them. Some adverts might even have an X button, that you may be tempted to click, but this is often a clever ruse made to trick you into interacting with the ad. Know that the only way to get rid of the rage-inducing pop-ups is to have the program that’s causing them removed. This is also exactly what your next step should be. After you finish reading this article, we strongly recommend that you take a look at the adware uninstallation and removal guide down below. Follow its instructions and get rid of Stack Player for good.
Getting rid of adware might not be enough, though. These programs are infamous for their stealth installations and it might not be long until you find out that another intrusive program has gotten onto your PC. Therefore, in the last segment of our article, we’ll be focusing on how to prevent Stack Player and other adware from getting installed on your machine.
There are quite a few methods, via which these annoying PUP’s get distributed. Some of them include spam e-mails, deceptive links from shady pages, torrent and file-sharing sites and so on. Using your common sense should be enough to deal with those. Just don’t open any suspicious e-mail letters and don’t go to the darker corners of the internet and you should do fine. But there’s one method that stands out from the rest, in being the most successful and effective one. This method is called program-bundling and it is basically the adware being bundled with another cheap or free third-party program. The reason why so many people fall for it is because most users don’t like customizing their installation settings. Avoid this is a mistake, as it is exactly what you need to be doing. Instead of going for the regular installation, always opt for the advanced/custom settings when installing new software. That way you’ll be able to see if there’s been any content added to the main program. If you see that there are any added installs, look through them and uncheck anything that looks unwanted. If you’re not sure, simply uncheck everything and you should be good to go.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If your browser begins to act oddly and intrusive adverts start getting displayed on your screen, then it is most likely adware.|
|Distribution Method||Usually via deceptive links on shady/illegal sites and in spam e-mails. However, the method with the highest success rate so far is program-bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Stack Player may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Uninstall Stack Player
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Stack Player from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Stack Player from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Stack Player from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!