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Remove CrushArcade ads (Removal Instructions) - updated Apr 2017

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Should I install CrushArcade in order to play Premium games?

Be careful and do not agree to install CrushArcade virus when exploring websites that provide free online games. Our team discovered that this potentially unwanted program[1] (PUP) is being pushed to children and whoever wants to play online games. The website has a “More” page, which promises to provide exclusive games for those willing to install ad-supported software on their computers. If you received a suggestion to do so, better quit that website immediately. In fact, we can assure you that you can find the same “exclusive” games on other websites and play them for free. The software provided on that website installs a standalone program as well as extensions to Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It has been developed by ArcadeYum LLC, which is a well-known company that has already released such gaming platforms as Astro Arcade and Arcade Yum. Well, of course, if you are a ‘game fanatic’, you may agree to install the adware on your computer. Unfortunately, if you decide to do so, be aware that you automatically agree to disclose information about your browsing habits. That’s because this app uses cookies and may store such information as your PC’s IP address, location, email address, search terms, websites visited, data entered in them, clicks and so on.
CrushArcade adsThe website shown in the picture forces players install CrushArcade adware and then displays hundreds of annoying advertisements to the user on a daily basis.

In addition to that, by choosing to play games via this platform you unconsciously agree to receive sponsored advertisements. Placement of third-party ads is what generates revenue for developers of adware and allows them to provide online games for free. Unfortunately, those ads may show up not only when using this gaming portal, but also when you visit other, absolutely unrelated websites. No matter what content CrushArcade ads may be filled with, you should never click on them since they can make you visit suspicious websites that you certainly do not want visiting[2]. In the worst case scenario, those ads may expose your machine to unsafe websites where you may catch another computer infection[3]. We believe that you do not want this to happen, so if someone ever suggest you to install the described adware in exchange to access to “premium games,” do not agree to do so. If it infiltrates the system behind your back, you should scan your PC with a reliable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and remove this app right away.

Things you should know if you want to avoid installing adware and other PUPs

Unfortunately, but security experts have labeled CrushArcade as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It has the official website and can be installed right there. However, its developers more frequently apply ‘bundling’ distribution method[4] to make people install this gaming platform without even realizing that. Be aware that redirects and ads are used to force people visit predetermined websites and increase their rank. Unfortunately, you can be rerouted to suspicious websites and tricked into installing other PUPs. Therefore, we highly recommend you to prevent infiltration of this dubious program. In order to do that, you have to remember several things. First of all, you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option (instead of Quick or Basic). After that, you should check everything step-by-step and find out if your selected freeware carries ‘optional downloads’. If you find a suspicious browser add-on, plug-in, toolbar or extension set by default, make sure that you unmark ticks claiming that you agree to install it[5]. Otherwise, you may start receiving deceptive ‘Ads by CrushArcade’.

Block CrushArcade ads by yourself using this easy guide

You shouldn’t allow this really bothersome piece of software to bother you during browsing sessions. Sadly, users report that it is hard to remove CrushArcade virus. In our opinion, it can be hard to remove this program if you are unfamiliar with all computer directories and places where programs usually store their core components. However, if you use instructions prepared by our support team, you should complete CrushArcade removal shortly. If you have any questions about this program, do not hesitate and send them to our support team.

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To remove CrushArcade ads, follow these steps:

Delete CrushArcade from Windows systems

First of all, you should go to Control Panel and find “Programs and Features” or “Add/Remove Programs” section here. Use the instructions given below to find these directories. Once here, locate CrushArcade application, right-click on it and select Uninstall.

  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 CrushArcade and related programs
    Here, look for CrushArcade 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'

Remove CrushArcade from Mac OS X system

In Mac OS, find an application called CrushArcade and move it to Trash.

  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 CrushArcade 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'

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

Get rid of CrushArcade 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, CrushArcade should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate CrushArcade from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In Firefox, find and uninstall an extension named identically as the website that provides free games. A guide on how to do it is provided below.

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

Uninstall CrushArcade from Google Chrome

Chrome browser will be set free after removing CrushArcade extension. Here’s where you should look for it:

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

Delete CrushArcade from Safari

Safari can get infected with this suspicious adware as well. To eliminate it, remove all extensions that you cannot remember installing.

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

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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