What is TopArcadeHits?
TopArcadeHits supposedly allows users to play various arcade games, however, attempts to play games from the 'Premium' section lead to a pop-up for installation set-up of this rogue application. Some users may feel this application is legitimate and useful, however, TopArcadeHits is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
This adware employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software to install TopArcadeHits on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, TopArcadeHits displays intrusive online advertisements including banners, pop-ups, coupons, etc. Clicking advertisements generated by this rogue application may cause high-risk adware or malware infections, since they are likely to redirect to dubious websites containing infectious content.
Another significant downside of this PUP is information tracking. TopArcadeHits tracks various types of information such as IP addresses, Internet services providers, geographic locations, etc. These may contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, the presence of Internet browsing-tracking applications can lead to serious privacy issues.
TopArcadeHits is a regular adware application and similar or identical to other PUPs. There are several applications including ArcadeTwist, GreatArcadeHits, and ArcadeGiant, all of which claim to enable identical feature (access to hundreds of arcade games).
Despite these claims, TopArcadeHits and the aforementioned apps, are developed to generate revenue by displaying ads and sharing collected information with third parties. This PUP provides no significant value and you are strongly advised to uninstall TopArcadeHits adware from your system immediately.
The developers (EpicPlay) mostly distribute TopArcadeHits via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, and downloads.com. According to these sites, download clients make the download process easier, however, the purpose of these apps is to include third party apps with the chosen software.
These promoted applications are described as 'genuine and virus-free', and yet, most are categorized as adware or malware. To avoid this type of computer infection, closely analyse the software download process and opt-out of any additional applications.
Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any concealed apps listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed TopArcadeHits, the following guide will help you to uninstall this bogus software from your system.
TopArcadeHits adware installer set-up:
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- What is TopArcadeHits?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TopArcadeHits application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TopArcadeHits adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TopArcadeHits ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by TopArcadeHits' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TopArcadeHits adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TopArcadeHits 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 "TopArcadeHits", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TopArcadeHits ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TopArcadeHits 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 "TopArcadeHits Addon", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the toparcadehits 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 "Extensions". Locate "TopArcadeHits", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the toparcadehits 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "TopArcadeHits Addon".
Computer users who have problems with toparcadehits 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 toparcadehits 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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