How to Remove Stopabit

The adware program Stopabit works as a browser extension for popular internet browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. In order to carry out its functions, this threat can make modifications to the browser that are unwanted. The unwanted search engine will now be the default URL for the homepage, new tab, and search. After that, Stopabit might start launching various types of advertisements, such as pop-ups, banners, and push notifications.

Is Stopabit a computer virus?

Stopabit is distinct from viruses due to its lack of self-replication and file-infection capabilities. Instead, it is commonly identified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. While Stopabit can interfere with browsing activities and alter browser settings without permission, it typically does not possess the ability to propagate independently or infect other systems.

Furthermore, the main objective of Stopabit is usually to generate profit through methods like displaying excessive ads, redirecting web traffic, or gathering user data for targeted advertising. In contrast to viruses that seek to cause damage or steal sensitive data, Stopabit primarily focuses on manipulating user browsing habits for financial purposes.

Screenshot of Stopabit

Stopabit Newtab is a PUP

This threat is recognized as the immediate ancestor of earlier harmful browser extensions. Stopabit spreads similarly to the majority of unwanted programs since its creators used deceptive methods. The majority of its installation is done without the consent of computer users, particularly if it is done using software bundles. Computer specialists classified Stopabit as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) as a result of this uninvited installation.

A malicious program called Stopabit has a significant negative impact on how well browsers function. Even though it is not regarded as a computer virus, its existence on the computer nonetheless poses threats. Tolerating it is therefore bad for web users’ online security and privacy.

The risks of installing a PUP

Stopabit is a browser hijacker that was placed under the group of PUP because it utilizes different methods to persuade users to install the app or its carrier file. Once Stopabit is active on the computer, it can execute various payloads that can cause risks to online users, and this includes the following:

Aggressive Advertisements – The infected browser application will display a variety of intrusive advertising thanks to Stopabit, an adware. Remember that this danger is adware that has very large ad inventories. Most of the advertisements that Stopabit displays may have links that lead to unsafe websites and online pages controlled by hackers. By seeing the intrusive advertisements, there is a high likelihood of subsequent computer infection.

Privacy Theft – Stopabit Newtab was created to enable tracking tools so that researchers could observe how users interact with the web. Information such as search terms, favorite websites, visited online pages, and so on can be recorded. There is no assurance that this Stopabit tracking system won’t collect personal data like name, address, contact information, user name, and passwords.

To sum up, the only way to regain computer security and privacy is to remove Stopabit. As a result, we created a straightforward procedure on this website that you may use in conjunction with virus and malware scanners to search your computer carefully and remove any Stopabit-related software.

Stopabit Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the Adware on compromised Windows computers. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful for deleting pop-ups and redirects. In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of adware like Stopabit through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like Stopabit, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete Stopabit hijacker, including all malicious objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the threat and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : Turn Off Sync on Google Chrome

At this point, it is crucial to turn off Google Sync to prevent Stopabit from restoring if in case it has exploited this feature. Follow the procedures below to sign out and turn off sync.

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. On top address bar, please type the following:

chrome://settings/syncSetup

3. Once you are in the Sync and Google Services, click on the Turn Off button.

Google Chrome Sync Turn Off Image

4. If it prompts for the confirmation, click on Turn Off once again.

5. The process will turn off the sync and logout the Google account as well. Please restart Google Chrome browser and proceed with the remaining steps.

Step 3 : Remove the Stopabit Extension from interent browser

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Stopabit. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the Stopabit Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Look for Stopabit or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Stopabit from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select Stopabit or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If Stopabit is still present on the browser and unwanted homepage and pop-ups persist, another option is to remove the hijacker from the browser settings.

5. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

6. Input the following string in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of MS Edge Address Bar

7. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Stopabit from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal

8. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the Stopabit Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to Stopabit and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 4 : Scan the computer with Sophos Home Antivirus

To remove Stopabit automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware; it is also effective in discovering adware like Stopabit.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for Stopabit components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with Stopabit.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from Stopabit, as well as associated malware and viruses.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated Stopabit adware. However, if you find that there are still remnants of the virus, please proceed to the next steps below.

Step 5 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Stopabit on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer, especially browsers affected by Stopabit.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner.exe to start running the tool.

4. If Windows displays a prompt saying, "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" click Yes to proceed.

5. On the AdwCleaner dashboard, click on Settings.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Policies

6. While in the Settings window, please turn On the Reset Chrome Policies and Reset IE Policies.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Scanner

7. Go back to the Dashboard and click the Scan Now button.

8. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated with Stopabit.

9. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

10. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Stopabit. If the adware still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to their default homepage and search settings.

Step 6 : Restore the homepage and search settings

Google Chrome

Remove Stopabit from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar. Then, press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings Page

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Chrome On Startup Screenshot

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions icon (3-dot), and select Remove or Edit.

5. If you choose Edit, enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing Stopabit. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the left sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Settings

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions icon, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Default Search Engine Screenshot

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to Stopabit are gone.

Microsoft Edge

Get Rid of Stopabit from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

MS Edge Start Page Screenshot

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of Stopabit.

Screenshot of Home URL

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete Stopabit from the Homepage and Search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.

2. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Firefox Preferences Screenshot

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace Stopabit settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the left sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search

7. Under the "Default Search Engine" list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Remove Search from Firefox Image

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox browser.

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