What is CrushArcade?
The CrushArcade website allows users to play various types of addictive arcade games. The 'Premium' games section, however, requires users to install the CrushArcade application. This app may seem legitimate and useful, but CrushArcade is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
The developers mainly distribute this bogus app using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows installation of CrushArcade on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox without users' permission.
Bundling is stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software, and therefore, CrushArcade is often delivered with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. After CrushArcade infiltration, intrusive online advertisements (banner, pop-up, and in-text) are displayed - these may redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
Be aware that CrushArcade gathers many types of information such as geographic location, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, IP addresses, Internet services provider, and so on. Some of this collected information might be personally identifiable, and therefore, having CrushArcade installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
There are hundreds of applications similar or identical to CrushArcade. For example, TopArcadeHits, ArcadeTwist, and GreatArcadeHits - these also promise identical features, and yet, none are useful to the user.
CrushArcade, and the aforementioned apps, are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive ads and sharing collected data with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall this bogus app from your system immediately.
Commonly, rogue applications such as CrushArcade are distributed on freeware download websites including downloads.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.
Download websites employ small 'download programs' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', and 'download tools') to monetize their traffic and free services by including additional applications together with the chosen software. This causes installation of unwanted adware or malware type applications that may harm your system or even cause privacy issues.
To avoid this kind of computer infection, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no third party apps are included.
Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed CrushArcade, follow this guide to eliminate the adware from your system.
CrushArcade adware installer set-up:
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- What is CrushArcade?
- STEP 1. Uninstall CrushArcade application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove CrushArcade adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove CrushArcade ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by CrushArcade' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove CrushArcade adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
CrushArcade 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 "CrushArcade", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes CrushArcade ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove crusharcade adware from Internet browsers:
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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 "CrushArcade Gaming Portal", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the crusharcade 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 "CrushArcade", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the crusharcade 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 "CrushArcade Gaming Portal".
Computer users who have problems with crusharcade 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 crusharcade 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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