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Remove Arcade Candy ads

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Ads by Arcade Candy, Arcade Candy virus, Arcade Candy adware | Type: Adware

What is Arcade Candy?

Arcade Candy by EpicPlay LLC is a browser add-on that is supposed to enable access to hundreds of premium online games. However, once you install it on your computer, it may start initiating various additional operations due to which it is usually removed less than a week after installation. Besides, people seldom install it manually, i.e. from the official website or other download sources. In the majority of the cases, it infiltrates computers bundled with other freeware and sharewares. Keep in mind that distribution of software packages is at the peak at the moment; therefore, whenever you decide to install a freeware on your computer, make sure that you check it for ‘optional downloads’.

If it manages to get into the system, it’s first task is to land on all web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and drop its add-on on each of them. This way, it may take control over your browsing, provide you with appealing third-party advertisements, and build a driveway to predetermined websites. Be aware that its developers do not take any responsibility for those ads, which means that they can be filled with both reliable and really suspicious content. Therefore, if you want to prevent redirects to really suspicious websites, you should ignore all ads labeled as ‘Ads by Arcade Candy’ or ‘ Arcade Candy Ads’. In addition, the relationship of this adware with browser hijackers, such as Istartpageing.com, ShopAtHome.com, and many others. Therefore, it means that right after installing Arcade Candy virus, your default start page and search provider may be replaced by a dubious search provider. Besides, your web browser may slow downs, fake update alerts, survey request and similar content may bother you to death. Even more, you may be tracked and lose some pieces of personally non-identifiable information, such as search terms, IP address, email address, and so on. All in all, Arcade Candy is certainly NOT a gaming platform that should be trusted. The best that you can do is to remove it from the system without any delay. For that, we recommend using ReimageIntego.

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How can Arcade Candy hijack my computer?

Arcade Candy is similar to other adwares by all means. It displays ads, cause redirects, tracks people, affects computer’s performance and security system, and so on. Therefore, it’s very likely that it spreads in the same manner as its ancestors, i.e. via software packages. According to the recent research, it is usually distributed via software packages on such popular third-party download websites as download.com, soft32.com, cnet.com, softonic.com, and so on. Thus, if you want to keep your computer PUP-free, you should be very careful during the entire installation process. Always choose Advanced or Custom installation option and read all the terms step-by-step. If you detect an offer to install Arcade Candy add-on or another unfamiliar app on your computer, opt out of it and only then terminate the installation.

How to remove Arcade Candy virus?

Arcade Candy removal can be performed manually and automatically. For a detailed guide, scroll down to see:

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To remove Arcade Candy ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Arcade Candy from Windows systems

To remove Arcade Candy from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Arcade Candy (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Arcade Candy from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Arcade Candy from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Arcade Candy-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Arcade Candy, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Arcade Candy and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Arcade Candy-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Arcade Candy from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Arcade Candy and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Arcade Candy removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Arcade Candy ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Arcade Candy-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Arcade Candy from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Arcade Candy and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Arcade Candy did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Arcade Candy removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Arcade Candy from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Arcade Candy by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Arcade Candy-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Arcade Candy removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Arcade Candy from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Arcade Candy and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

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