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Remove ArcadeLoot ads (Simple Removal Guide)

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What should you know about ArcadeLoot virus?

If you fancy playing online games, you should be aware of ArcadeLoot adware. This ad-supported application is an untrustworthy one, and it is not surprising why computer security experts have quickly stated that it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is advertised via its official website in “Premium” section. This web page provides a lot of free online games, but it has a special section that supposedly contains exclusive games, and not everyone can access it. ArcadeLoot website says that in order to play these games, the user has to agree to receive advertisements. We have to say that these ads are incredibly annoying, as this potentially unwanted program starts generating them as soon as the user launches an Internet browser. These ads can appear in various forms – banners, pop-up and pop-under ads, new tabs, in-text links and so on. You can recognize them rather easily as in most cases they are marked as “powered by ArcadeLoot,” “ads by ArcadeLoot” or “ArcadeLoot ads.

Ads by ArcadeLoot can be extremely annoying

First of all, we have no doubts that you will find these ads annoying. They can appear on your screen at random times, no matter what you are doing – watching a video, playing a game, or shopping online. However, annoyance this adware causes is not the worst thing yet; what is worse is that these ads are unlikely to be trustworthy. This PUP collects some information about the user, including IP address, OS version, search queries on the websites you visit, what programs are running on your computer and so on. It uses this information to deliver relevant advertising, but in reality, these ads are not trustworthy at all. ArcadeLoot’s developers admit that they work with third-party advertising networks; therefore, it becomes clear that this PUP is meant to generate pay-per-click revenue for its authors. We have to disappoint you by telling that not all of ads you might receive are reliable, and in the worst case, clicking on one of them might lead you to untrustworthy or even infectious Internet site. To avoid potential risks to your computer, we advise you not to click on these ads, and if you do, refrain from downloading any kind of content from them or providing your personally identifiable information.

Questions about ArcadeLoot ads

All in all, we assume that the price you have to pay just to get access to these “Premium” games is a bit too big. Therefore, we recommend you to remove ArcadeLoot and play games on another Internet site. To uninstall this ad-supported program, follow instructions given below this article or just use an anti-spyware program like Reimage to uninstall it automatically.

What if you cannot remember installing this program on your computer?

If you cannot remember installing this PUP on your PC, and if you are sure that none of the users who have access to your PC have installed it, it means that ArcadeLoot hijack happened. In other words, you or someone else has installed a software bundle on the computer system, which contained this ad-supported program. Software bundle consists of one popular program (usually a free one) and a few bonus applications. If you tend to install new applications using Default or Standard installation option, you can easily end up installing a bunch of computer programs without even realizing it. Accordingly, you have to take actions and do not let these additional programs enter your PC unnoticeably. It is a very easy thing to do. You just have to set Advanced or Custom settings for installation and remove ticks next to agreements to install “recommended programs.”

How to remove ArcadeLoot?

Removing ArcadeLoot virus is easy, and everyone can do it. There are two different ways to do it. If you prefer manual removal option, just scroll down to see ArcadeLoot removal instructions that we have written. Read them carefully and start removing this low-level computer threat without a delay. If you do not feel confident about your software removal skills, then you can use an automatic spyware removal program and delete this adware automatically.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ArcadeLoot ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate ArcadeLoot from Windows systems

  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 ArcadeLoot and related programs
    Here, look for ArcadeLoot 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'

Uninstall ArcadeLoot from Mac OS X system

  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 ArcadeLoot 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'

Get rid of ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove ArcadeLoot ads 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, ArcadeLoot should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete ArcadeLoot from Google Chrome

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

Eliminate ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot 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 ArcadeLoot removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Bella says:
    June 23rd, 2016 at 7:43 am

    No idea when did my son install this…

  2. Z00m says:
    June 23rd, 2016 at 7:44 am

    thanks for such a clear and helpful explanation! 🙂 removed it already.

  3. FrankR says:
    June 23rd, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I didnt know that such websites existed! Asking kids to install potentially unwanted programs so that the developers of them could make money? That is so unfair!

  4. ula says:
    June 23rd, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I cannot uninstall it! Ugh! Cannot find it on my computer…

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