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Remove ArcadeBayou ads (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2016 update

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Is it safe to click on ArcadeBayou ads?

If you are not against visiting questionable websites, you can click on ArcadeBayou ads as much as you want. However, if you are against ending up on a site that seeks to convince you into installing additional software (that you probably don’t even need), make sure you stay away from this adware-type program. If this potentially unwanted program (PUP) manages to occupy your computer system, it adds browser extensions, tracking cookies (to know your preferences and interests) and starts spying on you as you browse online. Do not be mistaken – this program is not a severe virus, and it cannot steal, publish, or leak your personal information. Just like SultanArcade, ArcadeCake and other Arcade-themed PUPs, it is only interested in personally non-identifiable data, such as browsing history, search queries, clicks, and technical information about your device. ArcadeBayou virus needs such information to select a particular set of advertisements to show you. However, third-parties related to these ads might not be so trustworthy, and this is why we do not recommend you to click on these ads. No matter if they seem attractive or even useful, you should bypass them. Clicking on these ads might direct you to insecure, unpleasant, or even malicious websites. Some of the third-party websites might be safe, but we do not recommend you to take such risks. Do not let your curiosity win and better think about your own safety before clicking on these ads.

We haven’t mentioned yet what type of software it is. This ad-supported software is described as adware, which means it is designed to serve third-party advertisements for the user and monetize from users’ clicks on ads. Repetitive ads can annoy you, besides, this program uses your PC’s resources to load its ads, so if you would like to avoid such problems, just remove ArcadeBayou virus from your computer. The easiest way to complete this task is to run a system scan with ReimageIntego.

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How can this program infiltrate my computer?

Questions about ArcadeBayou ads

If you are surprised because you do not know how did ArcadeBayou hijack your PC, we assume that you also do not know how potentially unwanted programs spread. Let us explain that to you. Free programs, for instance, games, download managers, or media players frequently suggest installing their partners’ software, for example, search tools, browser add-ons, apps, system tools, and similar pieces of software. It is advisable to reject such additions because they typically appear to be untrustworthy ad-supported software. To refuse to install these additions, you must choose Custom or Advanced settings while installing the computer program, and deselect all unwanted additions. Simple remove ArcadeBayou related checkmarks next to suggestions to install “recommended” downloads and proceed with the installation then.

However, you could have installed this program by your choice, too. This program is available at its official website, ArcadeBayou(dot)com, which provides various free games. Users are invited to install a certain program in order to receive third-party advertisements and access “Premium” game section. Trus us – it is not worth installing this program because the majority of these “Premium” games are available on different gaming websites absolutely for free.

How can you uninstall ArcadeBayou adware?

If you have decided to remove ArcadeBayou virus, do not hesitate and get rid of it as soon as you can. This program can only slow down your PC system, cause software malfunctions, make your computer lag, and display hundreds of annoying pop-up, banner, interstitial and similar ads. You can try to delete this suspicious program manually using instructions provided below. To complete ArcadeBayou removal, use the ReimageIntego software. Install it and start a full system scan to detect and eliminate all potentially dangerous files and programs.

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To remove ArcadeBayou ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate ArcadeBayou from Windows systems

To remove ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou (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.

Remove ArcadeBayou from Mac OS X system

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

Remove ArcadeBayou from Applications folder:

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

Erase ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou-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

Uninstall ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou-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 ArcadeBayou removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate ArcadeBayou 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 ArcadeBayou 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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Renee says:
    September 6th, 2016 at 11:46 am

    My kids have installed this junk app and now I have to deal with it.

  2. Lauree says:
    September 7th, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Finally removed ArcadeBayou…

  3. Parkour39 says:
    September 7th, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I do not recommend you to play games via ArcadeBayou premium section! You can find them on different websites as well

  4. Shirley11 says:
    September 7th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    this man speaks the truth.

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