How to remove BlueStacks (Virus Removal Guide)

BlueStacksBlueStacks is a legitimate and safe program that does not pose a threat as a standalone item; However, BlueStacks is often promoted by questionable websites alongside dangerous malware, unwanted programs, and other threats. If BlueStacks is installed from a dubious website or source it is highly likely that the mobile device or computer system has become infected with malware or has some sort of unwanted infection, such as adware.

In many cases BlueStacks will be promoted to be used to perform tasks that seem otherwise impossible to perform on a computer or mobile device, such as Android emulation. Many websites may claim to allow users to run a program or app across multiple devices if they install BlueStacks and another file. When this occurs the downloader used to download BlueStacks will bundle third-party software with BlueStacks and other wanted items.

Legitimate BlueStacks products include but are not limited to BlueStacks Apps Player, BlueStacks, BlueStacks Gamepop, BlueStacks Notification Center, and BlueStacks Cloud Connect.

How to remove BlueStacks

This BlueStacks removal guide will help you completely remove the BlueStacks virus, BlueStacks Notification Center, BlueStacks App Player, potentially unwanted programs, malware, and other malicious threats.

Step 1: Scan your computer for malware

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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.


4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.

malwarebytes quarantine log

6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.

If you are still having issues with malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall BlueStacks using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

Step 3: Uninstall BlueStacks

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).

3. In the list of installed programs, search for BlueStacks. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program. Repeat the steps to remove additional unwanted programs.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 4: Remove BlueStacks browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the BlueStacks extension and other suspicious extensions and remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the BlueStacks add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the BlueStacks add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential BlueStacks malware we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.
  • chris

    i installed blue stacks and was phished and had an account stolen with £200 of btc in it. so annoyed my download was from the legit sorce, so no blue stacks is not safe, dont ever download it. i have been using btc for years and never had an issue, then the day i download bluestacks i get phished. also i notice while bluestacks was installed my pc was constantly loading somthing witch even slowed down my typing, some times it would freez a little while typing and the cursor woul change to the loading symbol. so just be warned guys dont install it, there is plenty of other ways to play android games on your pc, bluestacks is not worth it. the only reason i got it is because my screen was broken on my phone and i needed to use the banking app to buy some bitcoins.