Stack Player

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: May 9, 2016
Last Seen: March 16, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Stack Player is a Potentially Unwanted Program that allows users to watch YouTube videos without having to launch their Web browser. The YouTube content can be accessed directly through the Stack Player's interface, therefore eliminating the need for a Web browser. However, this feature isn't very useful, and Stack Player doesn't have anything else to offer, so many users may want to think twice before accepting to install Stack Player on their computers.

Although Stack Player isn't a threatening program, it may use deceptive marketing tricks to reach more users. One of the strategies that Stack Player's authors have developed to distribute their software involves software bundling – a method that may offer users to install the Stack Player software when they want to install an entirely different application. Software bundles that contain the Stack Player program may often be associated with freeware and shareware applications, so these are the types of software that you should remember to watch closely while going through their installation. The offer to install Stack Player may sometimes be concealed behind misleading installation instructions and other tricks whose purpose is to deceive the users and get them to install Potentially Unwanted Programs like Stack Player.

The installation of Stack Player also may have an impact on your Web browser's behavior because this PUP may exhibit behavior that is typical for adware applications. The advertisements that Stack Player may display may prevent you from enjoying your Web browser sessions, and they also may be used to advertise suspicious content, services and products that you should avoid.


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