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Remove Arcade Yum virus (Virus Removal Guide) - Oct 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Arcade Yum is an application that allegedly provides users with free games, but instead delivers countless ads to Google Chrome or other browsers

Arcade Yum

Arcade Yum is program that promises users endless amounts of fun but offering then free online games. However, as soon as the potentially unwanted application is installed, users experience a browser hijack[1] – most of the sites are filled with pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, in-text links and other ads which may sometimes be marked as “Arcade Yum ads.”

While some users may install Arcade Yum when looking for a reliable application that can provide free games, others claimed that they found it on their computers after they installed freeware/shareware apps from third-party sites, which often bundle software. Adware can not only make the time online a complete nightmare but also compromise users' security and lead them to insecure websites, such as phishing,[2] scam, or even malware-laden ones.

Thus, if you noticed that your Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are showing adware infection signs, you should remove Arcade Yum, as only this way the unending pop-up ads will stop filling your screen.

Name Arcade Yum
Type Adware
Installation Users may install the PUP intentionally when hoping to gain access to countless free games. Alternatively, Arcade Yum might show up on the machine after the installation of freeware/shareware – this technique is commonly referred to as software bundling, as few applications are packed into one installer
Often bundled with Arcade Frontier
Symptoms Most of the visited sites are filled with persistent and intrusive ads, occasional redirects bring to insecure websites, the homepage and the search engine altered, slow operation of the browser, etc.
Associated risks  Users may be tricked into installing other potentially unwanted programs or even malware, dislose their personal details to third-parties or lose money to scammers 
Termination  To get rid of adware quickly, you can download and run a full system scan with security software (we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner , as it would also fix the mess left after malware/adware infection). You can also attempt to eliminate PUPs manually as per out instructions below

Free online gaming is something that users are looking for all the time. While there are countless of successful free video games that use alternative monetization methods (such as in-game purchases, or otherwise known as microtransactions),[3] free games are usually very poor quality and often engage in intrusive or even unsafe advertising practices. Unfortunately, Arcade Yum belongs to the latter category.

If you want to play fun games without compromising your online safety, you should opt for Arcade Yum removal and choosing a more reliable platform (such as Steam or Origin). You can get rid of the PUP by following our detailed instructions below or by employing anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

The official statement from Arcade Yum developers states:

THE SOFTWARE MAY AUTOMATICALLY MODIFY YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS WITH FIREFOX AND INTERNET EXPLORER TO ENABLE OUR REQUESTED ADD-ON RATHER THAN REQUIRING YOU TO MANUALLY ENABLE IT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING OUR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION AS PROVIDED IN THE ARCADEYUM PRIVACY POLICY, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO PLAY PREMIUM GAMES.

What this means is that, by installing Arcade Yum, you allow the developers to change web browser settings automatically without any notice. Nevertheless, most of the modern browsers may prevent this behavior and warn you about the incoming changes. Without them, you might not be able to use the application's services, most likely.

If you agree to Arcade Yum changes, however, your web browser may start generating various commercial advertisements every time you open it. These advertisements may be dangerous because they may contain links to unknown domains. Cheaply-made applications like Arcade Yum often agree to show any type of advertisement without checking them properly.

Arcade Yum adware
Arcade Yum is adware app that is often bundled with freeware/shareware programs on third-party websites

The danger in this practice lies in the fact that these ads may be crafted by cybercriminals and contain malicious code that would install malware automatically if certain conditions are met.[4] This is how Arcade Yum virus is born – and it can be anything, from Trojans to ransomware, both of which can devastate the host computer.

Another reason to get rid of Arcade Yum is because of its tracking tendencies. Once installed, the application may install tracking cookies, pixels, and other technologies that gather information about your browsing activities. Unfortunately, this can sometimes include personally identifiable data, which, if disclosed to malicious parties, may result in money loss. Besides, if you keep Arcade Yum installed, there is a high chance you will eventually install more potentially unwanted programs and contaminate your PC even more.

To conclude, Arcade Yum is a potentially dangerous application that may compromise your computer safety and will only provide limited (low quality) games that are not worth the time. Instead of using this useless program, find more reliable sources to play games from.

To avoid unsolicited browser modifications and unending ads, prevent adware apps from being installed on your PC in the first place

There are two ways adware gets into users' machines: they either install it unintentionally along with other software from the internet or they a looking for a particular functionality of the application (in this case, gaming) and install it deliberately.

To avoid unintentional installation of potentially unwanted programs, you should take the following advice from virukset.fi[5] security experts:

  • If possible, download applications from official sources and avoid third-party sites;
  • Before installing anything unknown, check for (bad) reviews online;
  • During the installation process, make sure that ToS and Privacy Policy are both present;
  • Never skip installation steps on the way by clicking “Next”;
  • Pay attention to fine printed text, pre-ticked boxes and other tricks PUP developers use;
  • Opt for Advanced/Custom settings and get rid of all the offered apps.

Now, if you are keen on installing any app that comes your way without researching anything about it, you are bound to get infected at some point. Thus, equip your computer with anti-malware software capable of blocking potentially harmful content. Additionally, opt for reliable sources when it comes to online gaming.

Arcade Yum Flash
Just like many browser-based games, Arcade Yum relies on Adobe Flash to run. However, this element is outdated, and filled with security vulnerabilities

Remove Arcade Yum from your computer

If you are constantly being spammed with ads, redirects, and other unusual browser behavior, you should remove Arcade Yum virus from your computer as soon as possible. The longer you keep potentially unwanted programs installed on your machine, the higher are the chances that you will get tricked into downloading other PUPs or even malware.

To perform a successful Arcade Yum removal and all its elements, you can either use anti-malware software or find all the unwanted components yourself. To uninstall the PUP, visit the installed application list on your computer, and get rid of everything you do not remember installing along with Arcade Yum entry (note, if you have no clue about what should be installed on your machine in the first place, rather let anti-virus software deal with the infection, as you could get rid of applications that are needed). Another critical step is to reset each of the installed browsers, as the ads will keep coming back due to altered settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.

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To remove Arcade Yum virus, follow these steps:

Erase Arcade Yum from Windows systems

To get rid of Arcade Yum, access Programs & Features section via the Control Panel as explained below:

  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 Yum and related programs
    Here, look for Arcade Yum 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 Yum from Mac OS X system

Mac users should perform the following steps to uninstall adware:

  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 Yum 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 Yum 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 Yum 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 Yum removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Arcade Yum 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 Yum should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Arcade Yum 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 Yum 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 Yum removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Arcade Yum from Google Chrome

Resetting web browser is as equally important as PUP removal itself. Therefore, make sure you reset Chrome by following these instructions:

  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 Yum 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 Yum removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Arcade Yum 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 Yum 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 Yum removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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