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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 GiantArcade 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 Intego 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 virusArcade 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 Intego, 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 trackingArcade 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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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:

To remove Arcade Giant 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 Giant (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.

Delete Arcade Giant from Mac OS X system

Get rod of adware from macOS as explained below:

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

Remove Arcade Giant from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Arcade Giant-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 Giant, 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 Giant and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Arcade Giant-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Arcade Giant 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 Giant 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 Giant removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Arcade Giant virus 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 Giant-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

Get rid of Arcade Giant 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 Giant 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 Giant 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 Giant removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Arcade Giant from Google Chrome

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

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 Giant 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 Giant-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 Giant removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Arcade Giant 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 Giant 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

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.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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