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Sep 22, 2014

Arcade Yum Pop-up Ads Removal

Recently I downloaded something called Arcade Yum and it is now popping up on almost all of the webpages that I go to. It showed at the corner of my screen saying that “this ad brought to you by arcade yum”. Also I began seeing double underlined words in my text I couldn’t get rid of. This has been a very annoying experience and I have looked in my control panel and cannot find anything to delete. The problem only happened on my google chrome. I’ve tried to reinstall chrome many times but it didn’t help. What is the best way to get rid of this annoyance? Any help will be highly appreciated.

“Arcade Yum” Pop-up Ads/Adware Description:

Arcade Yum is a gaming portal that offers thousands of free games, it may seem to be useful for someone who likes playing games; however, this software can inject crazy and annoying advertising in your web browser and disturb your browsing activities notably. It could be associated with adware, PUP(as known as potentially unwanted program) or browser hijacker. Generally speaking, the common way for this uninvited guest to get into the target computer is by bundling with free downloads. And once it is installed it can be attached to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without your permission. Although this program has its official website http://www.arcadeyum.com/ and it can be downloaded from there, in most cases the application infiltrates without users’ knowledge. Actually if you check its page carefully, you’ll find something fishy. From the Terms of Use of its official page, it says:

THE SOFTWARE MAY AUTOMATICALLY MODIFY YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS WITH FIREFOX AND INTERNET EXPLORER TO ENABLE OUR REQUESTED ADD-ON RATHER THAN REQUIRING YOU TO MANUALLY ENABLE IT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING OUR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION AS PROVIDED IN THE ARCADEYUM PRIVACY POLICY, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO PLAY PREMIUM GAMES.

As mentioned above, Arcade Yum is able to modify essential web browser settings, and cause unwanted redirection while you are browsing online. It also decreases default security level and can add undesirable or insecure add-on to your machine without your permission. Once hijacked, you will find very annoying as you will keep receiving numerous ads when you browse online. It pops up advertisement ads in the bottom right hand corner of your page automatically and then plays the ad against your will. Sometimes it also has many underlined words on the pages you are browsing. You are not able to close or minimize those pop-up windows. Please be aware that this adware can access your data and collect your cookies for generating personalized ads, you have to get rid of it as quickly as you can.

Manual removal becomes a technical process that you should only undertake if you have experience with the Windows registry and know how to view and delete system and program files in Windows. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Potential Dangers Caused by A Hijacker Virus:

It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.

How Can “Arcade Yum” Ads Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like Arcade Yum pop-up may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Arcade Yum Pop-up hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Arcade Yum adware is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

show-hidden-files

4. Remove all the malicious files related to Arcade Yum pop-up hijacker manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Arcade Yum is listed as an adware and a PUP (potentially unwanted application), and it also could be listed as a browser hijacker because this browser add-on can change some certain settings of your web browser, such as home page or your default search engine. Even though this program is described as an useful application that can provide you many free games, the reality is a little bit different. Once you download any games from this platform, pop-up ads can appear on your web browser whenever you are online. The ads will be displayed in the lower right corner with green or blue underlined keywords. No matter how attractive those ads look like, for no reason should you click on them. Otherwise you will make unwanted program or other viruses install on your computer. To protect your computer and avoid any annoying ads, you have to remove Arcade Yum without any delay.

Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on September 22, 2014 8:57 am

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