ArcadeTwist Ads

Also Known As: ArcadeTwist adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

ArcadeTwist removal instructions

What is ArcadeTwist?

The ArcadeTwist browser extension supposedly allows users to download and play a large variety of addictive flash games. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, ArcadeTwist is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This extension is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and is one reason for these negative associations. Bundling is a way to stealthily install third party applications together with regular software, and therefore, ArcadeTwist often infiltrates systems without users' consent. Following installation on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, ArcadeTwist generates various advertisements such as coupon, pop-up, banner, and in-text ads. Clicking these advertisements may cause high-risk computer infections, since most redirect to bogus websites containing infectious content.

ArcadeTwist adware

Furthermore, this PUP continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording information such as IP addresses, Internet service providers, geographic locations, etc. Some of this collected data may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of this rogue application on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are hundreds of applications similar or identical to ArcadeTwist. For example, GreatArcadeHits, ArcadeGiant, Comet Arcade, Shield-ren, and Any Angle. These applications claim to provide users with various useful features, however, this is just a method to trick users into installation. Adware-type applications (including ArcadeTwist) provide no real value, in fact, they display intrusive online ads and share collected data with third parties to generate revenue. You are strongly advised to uninstall ArcadeTwist from your Internet browsers immediately.

Close analysis of ArcadeTwist reveals that this application is distributed using small download applications (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', 'download tools', etc.) on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, downloads.com, and many others. Download applications monetize these websites' traffic and services by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. The promoted apps are described as 'genuine and virus-free', however, lack of attention during the download and installation phase often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no additional programs are included. Furthermore, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options when installing free software - this will reveal any bundled third party applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed ArcadeTwist, and you observe intrusive online advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow the instructions below to eliminate this problem from your system.

Deceptive free software installers used in Arcade Twist adware distribution:

arcadetwist adware installer sample 2 arcade twist adware installer

ArcadeTwist adware installer set-up:

ArcadeTwist installer

Intrusive online ads generated by ArcadeTwist adware ('powered by Arcade Twist'):

Ads by ArcadeTwist ArcadeTwist ads

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Quick menu:

ArcadeTwist 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.

arcadetwist adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove ArcadeTwist adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing ArcadeTwist 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 "ArcadeTwist Gaming", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing ArcadeTwist ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the arcadetwist 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.

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 ArcadeTwist 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 "ArcadeTwist", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing ArcadeTwist ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the arcadetwist adware, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing ArcadeTwist 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 "ArcadeTwist Gaming".

Removing ArcadeTwist ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with arcadetwist adware 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 arcadetwist adware, 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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