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Remove ArmorArcade ads (Removal Instructions)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

ArmorArcade is a typical adware-type software. If you are one of those PC users who like to browse the Internet without getting annoying pop-up ads, you should stay clear of this software. However, you can install it unintentionally, so if “ads by ArmorArcade” or “powered by ArmorArcade” pop-ups and banners have already started to interfere you during your browsing sessions, we recommend you to read this report that we have prepared.

ArmorArcade virus overview

ArmorArcade adware is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Computer users have to install it in case they want to access premium games on an official website of this software. In other words, if the user wants to enjoy premium games and features, he/she needs to agree to add a browser extension, which serves intrusive web advertisements that are sponsored by third-parties. According to developers of ArmorArcade PUP, the add-on collects user’s personally non-identifiable information so that it can provide more relevant advertisements to the user. Unfortunately, these ads are going to appear on the screen non-stop, whenever you play games, work, study, or basically whenever you browse the Internet. What is more, these ads can take you to untrustworthy Internet sites, and that is why computer security experts strongly recommend NOT to click on them.

It is dangerous to browse through unreliable websites because you can accidentally click on an infected link or ad, and unexpectedly install malware on your computer. If you do not want that to happen, you should think twice before installing this browser add-on. If you would like to remove ArmorArcade, decide whether you want to use an automatic spyware removal software or just uninstall it by yourself. If you want to remove it automatically, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner or a similar trustworthy software. If you would like to delete it manually, navigate to page 2 and follow ArmorArcade removal guidelines that we have recently prepared.

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Questions about ArmorArcade ads

If you cannot remember installing Armor Arcade extension, it means that it has entered your computer in conjunction with other software. Therefore, you should try to recall what free programs you have recently downloaded and installed on your PC. We assume that you have installed them using Default or Standard installation method, so as a result, you did not notice optional programs that were added to them. It is very likely that you have installed not only ArmorArcade adware but more PUPs as well, so we recommend you to scan your PC with anti-spyware software and see what it detects.

You should not allow PUPs like ArmorArcade hijack your computer that easily. If you want to prevent suspicious and unreliable computer programs from entering your PC, we recommend you to check components of every program that you download from the web. Some free programs often promote bonus applications, and if you do not want to get them, you need to opt them out during installation of your selected software. Custom and Advanced settings are the ones that you should always opt for, even if you have downloaded the software from a trustworthy web source. In case your downloaded program has some additional applications attached to it, these settings will reveal them. Then you just need to deselect the agreements to install these additions.

Instructions on how to remove ArmorArcade adware

If you are tired of ArmorArcade ads already, do not waste your valuable time and delete this computer parasite. If you want to access more computer games, try to check out other gaming portals, but be careful, because such sites often suggest installing questionable programs. If you want to protect your computer from suspicious adware programs and other PC parasites, we recommend you to refrain yourself from installing applications from vague Internet sites.

If you do not want to see annoying ads on your computer screen, follow these ArmorArcade removal instructions and eliminate this adware from your PC. Alternatively, you can use an anti-spyware software and get rid of it automatically.

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To remove ArmorArcade ads, follow these steps:

Delete ArmorArcade 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 ArmorArcade and related programs
    Here, look for ArmorArcade 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'

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

Remove ArmorArcade 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, ArmorArcade should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall ArmorArcade 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 ArmorArcade 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 ArmorArcade removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete ArmorArcade 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 ArmorArcade 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 ArmorArcade removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. joshua says:
    June 7th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    worst extension ever! do not install armor arcade, its just not worth it! it will simply attack you with spammy ads!

  2. Rosie says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I totally agree! This adware is the worst thing ever. Thanks God its no longer lurking on my computer system.

  3. Dr4j says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I just wanted to play more games…. Installed a virus. Thats not fair!

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