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Remove Arcade Giant virus (Easy Removal Guide) - 2019 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Arcade Giant is software that allows you playing flash games, but also fills your browsers with intrusive ads

Arcade Giant
Arcade Giant is an adware program which users install mostly via software bundles unintentionally

Arcade Giant is a browser add-on or a standalone application that can be download from the official website, although that is not how most of the users end up installing it on their computers. In most cases, these potentially unwanted programs[1] travel within software bundle packages, and users end up installing them without being properly notified. Luckily, Arcade Giant and similar PUPs can be easily avoided by paying close attention to freeware installers.

Arcade Giant is an adware program, so it inserts pop-ups, in-text links, flashing windows, auto-play ads, deals, offers, banners, coupons, and other advertisement content into Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or another browser. These ads might be insecure in some cases, and result in the installation of other potentially unwanted programs or make users lose money due to online scams.[2]

Name Arcade Giant
Type Adware
Infection means Potentially unwanted programs are often bundled with other applications, and get installed without notifying users properly; in other cases, users may install adware themselves without understanding its real purpose
Symptoms  Unwanted advertisements show up on all sites that you visit, web browser settings changes without permission, search results are filled with sponsored links, redirects lead to suspicious websites, etc.
Associated risks Users may be led to scam, phishing and similar sites that advertise other potentially unwanted programs or urge users to register for a fraudulent service (money loss)
Removal  Either eliminate the unwanted app manually as per our instructions below or employ anti-malware software
Optimization & recovery For best results, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner and resetting all the installed browsers

The gaming industry is now worth billions of dollars – many want to get it for a quick buck. Browser-based arcade games are cheap to make, although they result in poor quality. Nevertheless, there are plenty of users who like to spend time playing these Flash games, as they think that they are free. However, it is not the case, since ArcadeGiant is adware, and it finances its activities by showing you ads.

Developers of Arcade Giant virus allegedly offer some “Premium” games for free, as explained in the ToS:

Premium Games are offered free of charge at the Site in exchange for your agreement to install the ArcadeGiant Software (the “Software”). The Software will allow us to display third party applications as well as text link, popup/under, shopping, transitional and banner advertisements on your computer based on the information we collect from you as described in the Privacy Policy.

Unfortunately, Arcade Giant ads might be far from secure and lead users to sites that are not deemed to be safe by security experts.[3] For example, adware is often associated with redirects to fraudulent push notification scams like Nlighttomayorw.info, Giantttraffic.comHernclinicsfun.info, and many others. These sites ask users to enable notifications by using social engineering and infuse browsers with even more ads. To get rid of them, users must not only remove Arcade Giant but also reset web browsers or modify their settings.

Arcade Giant virus
Arcade Giant is a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings and implants cookies for web browsing tracking purposes

Besides, even after Arcade Giant removal, users might still experience browser hijack effects, like the cookies[4] and other settings do not get reset. Therefore, it is best to reset the installed browsers to avoid unwanted ads and redirects from Arcane Giant partners.

Additionally, we also advise users scanning their machines with anti-malware software to check for malware. Malicious software can be deleted with security software, but the damage done to the system might be significant. In such a case, we advise users to scan the computer with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner , as it can fix various virus-damaged files in just a few seconds.

Unwanted programs are deliberately hidden from users' sight during the installation of freeware

ArcadeGiant has been categorized as an adware and potentially unwanted program because, very frequently, it is distributed in a bundle with freeware and displays unwanted advertisements afterward. In fact, it has its official site where you can play games online and download the program on your computer. However, in most of the cases, it infiltrates computers silently without the user's consent.

To prevent the installation of such and similar programs, you have to be careful when installing free software. Since developers get paid for allowing to bundle third-party advertisements along with their programs, most of the free applications travel with additional components, such as toolbars, add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, or offer to change homepage or search engine.

Arcade Giant data tracking
Arcade Giant gathers web browsing information in order to monetize on targeted advertisment

Always select Advanced or Custom installation and deselect checkboxes that offer the aforementioned additional tools because another way you can allow installation of Arcade Giant or another potentially unwanted program. In addition, we recommend installing a reputable anti-spyware, which will block such programs and will keep your computer safe.

Get rid of Arcade Giant virus

It does not matter if you have installed ArcadeGiant voluntarily or not, alongside free program or downloaded it from the official site; both ways you pose harm to your computer by keeping this useless program. Therefore, remove Arcade Giant immediately and use reputable gaming platforms instead – Steam, Origin, and others.

Arcade Giant removal can be performed either manually or automatically. We suggest you try uninstalling the unwanted app and resetting web browsing settings – it should terminate the unwanted activities. If the ads do not subside, there is a chance that there are other unwanted apps or malware installed on your machine. In such a case, you should scan your device anti-malware software.

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To remove Arcade Giant virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Arcade Giant from Windows systems

To delete ArcadeGiant from Windows-based systems, access Programs & Features section:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Arcade Giant and related programs
    Here, look for Arcade Giant or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete Arcade Giant from Mac OS X system

Get rod of adware from macOS as explained below:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Arcade Giant or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate Arcade Giant from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Arcade Giant and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Arcade Giant removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Arcade Giant virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Arcade Giant should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Arcade Giant from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Arcade Giant and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Arcade Giant removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Arcade Giant from Google Chrome

Reset Google chrome to delete cookies and other traces left by the potentially unwanted program:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Arcade Giant and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Arcade Giant removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Arcade Giant from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Arcade Giant or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Arcade Giant removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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