Search.stosgame.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Stosgame browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.stosgame.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.stosgame.com?

Identical to search.pitchofcase.com, search.altagit.com, search.nelrozplace.com, and many others, search.stosgame.com is a fake web search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.stosgame.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that this site is also legitimate. Be aware, however, that developers promote it using browser-hijacking downloaders/installers. Furthermore, search.stosgame.com continually records various data relating to browsing activity.

search.stosgame.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers. Following infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.stosgame.com. In addition, set-ups install a number of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and browser extensions. These so-called "helper objects" reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are encouraged to visit search.stosgame.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Data tracking is also an issue. Research shows that "helper objects" and search.stosgame.com record information relating to browsing habits. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. This shared information typically includes personal details and, thus, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to search.stosgame.com, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

search.stosgame.com is identical to many rogue websites, but also shares similarities with fake search engines. All claim to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results and, in some cases, providing other "useful features" (e.g., weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, quick access to popular websites, etc.), however, these false promises are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Websites such as search.stosgame.com are designed only to generate revenue for the developers, and thus deliver no real value for regular users. Some even generate misleading results and intrusive ads leading to dubious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines can lead to high-risk computer infections.

How did search.stosgame.com install on my computer?

As mentioned above, search.stosgame.com is promoted using rogue download/installation tools. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users are likely to rush download/installation processes. Therefore, they hide all information regarding modification of browser options within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of these procedures. By rushing and skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to perform various changes, expose their systems to risk of various infections (PUP infiltration), and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements. Therefore, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are also advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they are often used to proliferate PUPs ("bundling" method). Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Furthermore, intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. Nevertheless, most lead to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and similar). These advertisements are often delivered by adware-type PUPs. Therefore, if you experience suspicious redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution.

Website promoting search.stosgame.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.stosgame.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

search.stosgame.com redirect removal:

Remove search.stosgame.com-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove stosgame browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Stosgame browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove stosgame browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove stosgame browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove stosgame browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.