Ads by Comet Arcade
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Comet Arcade?
Comet Arcade is a rogue browser extension claiming to enable users to play an addictive game called 'Asteroids'. This browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
The developers (Acute Angle Solutions) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealth-install additional applications together with the chosen software without users' permission.
Although this browser extension may appear legitimate and useful, be aware that Comet Arcade is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. Following stealth installation, Comet Arcade tracks users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.
These intrusive advertisements include banner, pop-up/under, interstitial, and in-text ads - clicking on these may cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, Comet Arcade monitors users' Internet browsing by collecting various software and hardware information that is likely to be personally identifiable.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system (type, version, CPU type), unique identifier numbers, browser type, search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, geographic locations, and system language settings are just a few examples of the type of information recorded by Comet Arcade.
This behavior often results in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Comet Arcade is similar to other potentially unwanted programs such as Jumpy Bird, Jewel Quest, Sudoku, Pac-Man, etc.
Neither Comet Arcade, nor any of these other browser plug-ins, add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements. Therefore, Internet users are strongly advised to uninstall Comet Arcade from their Internet browsers.
Most users infect their computers with Comet Arcade during download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, download.com, and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as a free service monetization tool, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware frequently results in adware or malware infections.
Users can protect their computers from Comet Arcade, and other similar infections, by paying close attention when downloading free software and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have already infected your computer with Comet Arcade, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to uninstall this extension from your Internet browsers.
Installation setup of Comet Arcade:
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- What is Comet Arcade?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Comet Arcade application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Comet Arcade ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Comet Arcade advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Comet Arcade from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Comet Arcade extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Comet Arcade adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Comet Arcade", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Comet Arcade ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Comet Arcade adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Comet Arcade", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Comet Arcade ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the comet arcade adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Comet Arcade", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Comet Arcade ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the comet arcade adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Comet Arcade". Note that Comet Arcade ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with comet arcade adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the comet arcade adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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