Ads by ArcadeCookie

Also Known As: ArcadeCookie ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

ArcadeCookie removal instructions

What is ArcadeCookie?

ArcadeCookie is a rogue application that supposedly allows users to play various addictive Flash games. This functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, ArcadeCookie is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Furthermore, it records various data types and displays intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

ArcadeCookie adware

Following infiltration, ArcadeCookie tracks users' Internet browsing activity by gathering various information that might be personally identifiable. Examples include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries. Developers share collected information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another downside of ArcadeCookie is display of intrusive online advertisements. This application employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, and other similar advertisements. These conceal underlying content of visited websites and redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, clicking them is risky and can lead to further computer infections. You are strongly advised to eliminate ArcadeCookie from your computer immediately.

ArcadeCookie is identical to Krazy Joystick Games, LivingPlay, ArcadeLoot, and a number of other PUPs. All of these applications offer identical fuctionality, however, none provide any real value. Adware-type apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the features promised, apps such as ArcadeCookie collect personal data and display intrusive advertisements. These apps are useless for regular users.

How did ArcadeCookie install on my computer?

ArcadeCookie is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Although this application has an official download website, many users install it inadvertently without their consent. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of third party apps with regular software/apps. Developers hide PUPs such as ArcadeCookie within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of thedownload/installation processes. Skipping this section often results in inadvertent installation of bogus programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, cancel all additionally-included (bundled) programs and never accept offers to download/install them. Bundled software is often rogue and, thus, should never be installed.

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Quick menu:

ArcadeCookie adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

ArcadeCookie adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "ArcadeCookie", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ArcadeCookie ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove ArcadeCookie adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing ArcadeCookie ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ArcadeCookie", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing ArcadeCookie ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the arcadecookie ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing ArcadeCookie  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "ArcadeCookie", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing ArcadeCookie ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the arcadecookie ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing ArcadeCookie ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "ArcadeCookie".

Removing ArcadeCookie ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with arcadecookie ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the arcadecookie ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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