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Remove Easy Arcade virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Tutorial

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

The main information about Easy Arcade virus

Easy Arcade virus is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that is presented as a useful browser extension[2] for those who enjoy playing online games. This application offers access to the thousands of free online games. Nevertheless, this app has an official website that has a massive “Download” button; developers also use another distribution technique that allows infiltrating computers silently. This shady method is called “bundling” and allows adding this app as an extra component to various free programs. As soon as Easy Arcade browser hijacker is installed on the PC, it might alter targeted browsers’ settings. Thus, when users open the affected browser, they might not only see new browser extension but new homepage as well. This program might replace current start page and default search engine to Easy Arcade New Tab. In this way, users are forced to use a suspicious search engine. Usually, browser hijackers are capable of modifying search results. Therefore, instead of organic links, sponsored links might appear on the results page. The main issue here is Easy Arcade redirect tendencies. There’s a huge possibility that some of the third-party links might lead to the potentially dangerous websites. By entering one of these sites you might get infected with ransomware,[3] tricked to install questionable tools or get involved in other online scams.[4]

So-called Easy Arcade virus might also be interested in some details about users. In the Privacy Policy developers reveal that they do not collect and share any personal data. However, in some cases, this app might collect some non-personally identifiable information. For instance, computer’s language, location, internet activity, installed software and drivers, IP address, operating system information, clicked search results or ads, etc. All this information is important to provide better services, to fix issues and provide support for the users. However, if you do not want that some unknown information collects information[5] about you, you should remove Easy Arcade from the system. If this app came along in the software bundle, we highly recommend scanning the computer with ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-malware tools. System scan helps to eliminate all suspicious applications that might have been installed on your PC without your knowledge. If you want to take care of the computer yourself, you can get rid of this extension manually. Manual Easy Arcade removal instructions are presented at the end of this article.

Questions about Easy Arcade virus

Easy Arcade virusEasy Arcade virus is a suspicious browser extension that offers to play various online games.

How can this app hijack my browser?

This browser extension has an official website which offers a download link. However, we have already mentioned that EasyArcade browser extension might spread in the software bundles. Thus, it might be attached to any freeware or shareware. Thus, in order to avoid this browser extension, you need to be careful when installing new programs on your PC. First of all, use reliable sources for downloads and stay away from file-sharing domains or networks. Secondly, before installing program read EULA and Privacy Policy. These documents reveal what third-party applications might be installed along with the primary program. Lastly, rely on Advanced/Custom installation settings and carefully watch each step. If you rush to click “Next” button, you might overlook the list of additional downloads. As a result, you might experience Easy Arcade hijack. Bear in mind that Quick or Standard settings are not worth relying on. They do not inform about extra applications and install them by default.

How to remove Easy Arcade from the browser?

Easy Arcade removal might be performed either manually or automatically. The first method might look overwhelming and require to put a lot of effort. Indeed, you need to locate and delete browser hijacker along with its malicious components from the system. The step-by-step guide will help you to investigate the system and get rid of the hijacker. However, if you do not want dedicate an hour to remove Easy Arcade, you should opt for the second option. Install your preferred anti-malware or anti-spyware program and scan computer’s system. The program will do the job for you.

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To remove Easy Arcade virus, follow these steps:

Delete Easy Arcade from Windows systems

Follow the steps below to remove Easy Arcade virus from the system entirely. Make sure you remove all browser hijacker-related components!

  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 Easy Arcade and related programs
    Here, look for Easy Arcade 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'
  5. Remove Easy Arcade from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate Easy Arcade from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Easy Arcade from Applications folder:

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

Remove Easy Arcade from Internet Explorer (IE)

After Easy Arcade hijack, you need to fix Internet Explorer. The instructions below will help you to do that.

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 Easy Arcade 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,
  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 Easy Arcade removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Easy Arcade virus from Microsoft Edge

Please follow these steps carefully to get rid of Easy Arcade browser extension from Microsoft Edge. What is more, uninstall all questionable entries that might have been installed without your knowledge as well.

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 Easy Arcade-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 Easy Arcade from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of Mozilla’s extensions remove EasyArcade and other suspicious entries. Then, reset browser’s settings as shown 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 Easy Arcade 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Easy Arcade removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Easy Arcade from Google Chrome

Check the list of extensions. Uninstall Easy Arcade and other questionable entries that might have been installed on Google Chrome without your knowledge.

  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 Easy Arcade 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Easy Arcade removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Easy Arcade 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 Easy Arcade or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Easy Arcade, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Easy Arcade removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

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Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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  1. Alec says:
    March 23rd, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Easy Arcade came along with media player.. I am not interested in online games at all. Thank God this extension is gone.

  2. gamer says:
    March 23rd, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Really? Its not reliable.. Im so sad.. I thought its a good tool for the procrastinator like me…

  3. Orion says:
    March 23rd, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Finally, this ridiculous extension is deleted. It has been bothering me for a while. Thank you guys!

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