Search.stosgame.com is an online potential threat that mostly affects Macintosh computers. It hijacks Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
Search.stosgame.com is a questionable search engine that promotes a program called Stosgame. Prior to redirection to said URL, extension or unwanted program needs to configure the browser to take control of its homepage and search settings. Thus, makers of Search.stosgame.com made sure that it would reach every computer through various shareware and third-party applications. The method of this distribution is called bundling. Collections of programs are packed into one installation file so that everything is installed in single process.
Beware that software bundles may disguise as installer for free games, multi-media players, download helper, file manager, critical software update, and so on. Hence, it is advise to obtain free software only from legitimate websites and official webpage.
When your homepage and new tab keeps on redirecting to Search.stosgame.com, it is possible that you have acquired an adware-associated freeware. Searching the internet from homepage or via address bar of the browser will give the same results. It seems that everything is taken over by Search.stosgame.com at this point. This course of actions will continue as long as the unwanted program is present on the computer.
The only approach to stop the redirect and hijacking issue is to get rid of the principal culprit, which is the browser extension. Complete guide to remove Search.stosgame.com is included on this page. Make sure to execute the procedures in exact approach to totally eliminate the adware.
Search.stosgame.com Removal ProceduresThe following instructions will guide you to get rid of Search.stosgame.com. We highly advise that you fully execute the given procedure to completely remove the unwanted program from your Mac system.
Fast and Easy Removal with Combo Cleaner
To quickly find and delete browser hijacker from Mac system, we highly recommend scanning the computer with Combo Cleaner. This comprehensive and complete tool for Mac is equipped with an advanced virus, malware, and adware scan engines.
1 Download Combo Cleaner from the link below.
2Double-click on the file to install the program. As show in the image below, drag the Combo Cleaner.app to Applications folder.
3 Open Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon to run the tool.
4Click on Start Combo Scan button to begin checking the computer for malicious objects.
Free virus scanner of Combo Cleaner checks and detects various kinds of threats. To remove them from the infected computer, you will have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.
Manual Removal and Additional Scan
Step 1 : Manually delete all files dropped by the browser hijacker
1 Navigate the Apple Menu bar and click on "Go". Then, select "Go to Folder".
2 Copy and paste, or type the following line in the field and press Enter on your keyboard:
3 LaunchAgents folder should open at this point. Look for items with the following file name:
4 Move each file to the Trash. This action may require administrator privilege. If you are not logged in as administrator, you need to provide required password.
5 Go to a different folder again using procedure from Step 1 and copy and paste or type the following line:
6 Do the same process as in Step 3 and move each file to the Trash.
7 Next, we need to look at Application Support folder. Using the same method as above. Go to this location:
8 Find the same files as in Step 3 and drag them to the Trash.
9 Go back to Apple Menu, click Go, and then select Applications from the drop-down list.
10 Delete the following folders just in case they do exist.
- Stosgame, Genieo, Installmac, or any suspicious entries.
Step 2 : Delete Search.stosgame.com from internet browser
Choose affected browser program from the following tabs to see specific guide in removing the threat. If in case browser hijacker name is not listed as extension, please look for suspicious objects or any unwanted programs.
Procedures to Remove Search.stosgame.com from Safari
Disable or Remove Relevant Browser Extension
1 Open Safari browser.
2 Go to Safari menu.
3 Choose "Preferences".
4 This will open the Safari settings dialog box.
5 Please select "Extensions" tab to see list of installed extensions.
6 Select Search.stosgame.com from the list. If not found, it may be hiding under a different name. Look for unknown or suspicious item.
7 Turn off the extension by removing the Check Mark on the box beside "Enable Search.stosgame.com extension" or similar entry. You can also Uninstall the extension if you need to permanently remove it from the computer.
Reset Safari Homepage and Search Engine
8 Click on General tab, and then look for Homepage section.
9 Replace Search.stosgame.com with your preferred default Homepage.
10 On the same Tab, go to Default Search Engine section.
11 Replace the current entry with you preferred search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo).
12 Please close Safari browser at the moment and proceed to the next steps.
Steps to Remove Search.stosgame.com from Google Chrome
1 Open Google Chrome.
2 In the address bar, type the following and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions
3 You will now see Google Chrome's Extensions window.
4 Usually, Google Chrome has empty Extension, unless you have installed other base on your preferences. Also on this area, you can find the item provided by Search.stosgame.com. Click on Trash Icon beside the adware extension to remove it from Google Chrome.
Restore Google Chrome's Home Page
5 Next, you need to reset the default home page of Google Chrome and remove Search.stosgame.com tab during start-up. To do this, click on Settings on left side panel.
6 Go to the area 'On startup' and select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'. Click on Set pages link to open Startup Pages window.
7 To remove Search.stosgame.com from the list, simply hover your mouse to the web address and click X on right most of the entry.
8 Type your desired home page address on the field 'Enter Url...' and press Enter on your keyboard. Since this is the only URL on your Startup Page, it will be set as your default home page.
9 Click OK to save the settings. Remain on Settings page.
Restore Google Chrome's Default Search Engine
10 Scroll down to Search area.
11 Click on Manage Search Engines... button. New window will open with list of installed search engines.
12 Hover your cursor to preferred search engine and click on Make Default.
13 Select unwanted search engine that is relevant to Search.stosgame.com and click on X mark to delete this item.
14 Click Done after removing all suspicious items. You may now restart Google Chrome.
Directions to Remove Search.stosgame.com from Mozilla Firefox
1 Launch Mozilla Firefox
2 Type the given command in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons
3 Click Extensions on left panel. This will show a list of installed extensions.
4 Find the Search.stosgame.com extension. If it does not exist, find related items such as mentioned above. Click the Remove button to uninstall it.
5 Close the Add-ons Manager tab.
Restore Mozilla Firefox's Home Page
6 Back on Mozilla Firefox main page, type the given command in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:preferences
7 To remove Search.stosgame.com from your home page, replace it by selecting General in the sidebar.
8 Under Startup section, make sure that 'When my Firefox starts' is set to 'Show my home page'.
9 Then, on Home Page field, type your desired home page URL. You can also click on 'Restore to Default' button to set Firefox Start Page as your home page.
Restore Mozilla Firefox's Default Search Engine
10 Click Search on the sidebar. Under Search window, set your Default Search Engine option to valid one.
11 On the same window, go to the lists of search engines. Select unwanted entry and click on Remove button to get rid of Search.stosgame.com search engine.
12 Back on Mozilla Firefox main page, type this command in the address bar and press Enter on your keyboard: about:config
13 Firefox will display a warning stating "This might void your warranty!" Please click on "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.
14 In the search box, type the name of search hijacker. This will show a list of Preference that was modified by Search.stosgame.com.
15 Right-click on suspicious Preference Name, and then, select Reset from drop-down list to restore the original setting. Repeat this process to all affected entries.
16 You may now close the window and restart Mozilla Firefox.
Step 3 : Scan with MBAM to easily get rid of Search.stosgame.com
1 Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac from the link below.
2 Drag the downloaded file MBAM-Mac-[version].dmg to Applications folder.
3 Under Applications folder, right-click on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and select "Open" from the given choices.
4 After opening the tool, click on the "Scan" button to start checking the computer for presence of Search.stosgame.com and other malware.
5 When scanning is done, the tool will display all identified threats. Be sure to select malicious items.
6 Click on "Remove Selected Items" to delete the threats.
We hope that the procedures and removal tool on this page was able to help you in removing Search.stosgame.com. Your computer should now be malware free.