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Remove GreatArcadeHits (Removal Guide) - Nov 2016 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Can I trust GreatArcadeHits virus? It appeared on my computer without my approval

GreatArcadeHits (also known as Great Arcade Hits) is an adware-type program which can start annoying you right after infiltrating your computer. This application seeks to earn the money by promoting related third parties. That’s why it causes GreatArcadeHits ads that have been disrupting PC users from all around the world. Beware that it can display all kinds of ads, including commercial pop-up ads, in-text ads, banner ads, highlighted text and similar ads that can easily initiate redirects on your browser. These redirections can end up on malicious websites, so there is no doubt that you must remove GreatArcadeHits virus without any delay. For that, we highly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that has been helping users remove all kinds of viruses for years.

According to its developers, their program is compatible with all Internet browsers. Unfortunately, but feature just makes things even worse because you won’t be capable of avoiding its ads when having this adware on your computer. After clicking them, you can run into another outcome of this adware – GreatArcadeHits redirect activity. Please, do NOT ignore such activity on your computer because you can easily end up on a malicious website that can infect your computer with malware. If this program showed up on your PC system out of nowhere, you should blame yourself because it is a typical adware that travels as an optional component of free software. More information about the prevention of this adware is given in the second paragraph. To prevent redirects to insecure websites, slow downs on each of web browsers and similar issues, make sure you initiate GreatArcadeHits removal on your computer ASAP.

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How can I get infected with this adware? 

GreatArcadeHits is spread with a help of freeware and shareware. Some PC security experts have reported that this software infiltrates computers in a bundle with 1ClickDownload, Superfish, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom. However, there might be many other programs that are used to spread GreatArcadeHits on the Internet. If you want to avoid this program, please try to pay more attention to freeware’s installation process and find the check mark that agrees to install various browser extensions and other free additions. If GreatArcadeHits gets inside your machine, it may try to get on your nerves by highlighting words on websites, showing commercial ads and initiating other activities. You can avoid them by uninstalling this program from the system.

GreatArcadeHits removal procedure

If you want to remove GreatArcadeHits virus from your computer, you must remove each of its entries and components. Leaving even the smallest component can cause reappearance of this adware in the future. The easiest way to do that is to opt for automatic removal option. If you want to avoid adware-type programs in the future, try to double check every freeware before installing it on the system. For that, we highly recommend reading Privacy Policy, End User’s License Agreement and similar information. In addition, you need to choose Custom or Advanced installation method to get a possibility to disable installation of unwanted components. If you are infected and want to perform manual GreatArcadeHits removal on your computer, follow the steps that are given below.

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To remove GreatArcadeHits, follow these steps:

Uninstall GreatArcadeHits from Windows systems

To remove this adware from your computer, you need to uninstall GreatArcadeHits and every PUP that belongs to this developer. Security experts have revealed that it is related to these apps: LyricsSay-1, LyricXeeker, Plus-HD 1.3, Browse2Save, WebCake 3.00, DownloadTerms 1.0, LyricsBuddy-1,, ElectroLyrics-1, a2zLyrics-1, SimpleLyrics.

  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 GreatArcadeHits and related programs
    Here, look for GreatArcadeHits 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'

Delete GreatArcadeHits from Mac OS X system

If your Mac OS X is infected with GreatArcadeHits virus, you should uninstall it with these entries that could cause its reappearance in the future: LyricsSay-1, LyricXeeker, Plus-HD 1.3, Browse2Save, WebCake 3.00, DownloadTerms 1.0, LyricsBuddy-1,, ElectroLyrics-1, a2zLyrics-1, SimpleLyrics.

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

Erase GreatArcadeHits 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, GreatArcadeHits should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove GreatArcadeHits from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix your computer infected with GreatArcadeHit virus, make sure you remove GreatArcadeHits extension and similar extensions from this browser. To eliminate them, click “Uninstall”.

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

Get rid of GreatArcadeHits from Google Chrome

To fix your Google Chrome web browser, make sure you remove GreatArcadeHits extension by clicking on the Recycle Bin. You should also eliminate all Arcade-related extensions to avoid reappearance of this adware in the future.

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

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

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  1. Ron says:
    July 30th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the easy removal instructions for Chrome. I wish I would have stopped by here first after wasting an hour on all the other worthless sites.

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