This article aims to help users with removal of Ads by Arcade Cake from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
If you have Ads by Arcade Cake installed on your computer then you definitely have a problem of the Adware variety. This application has no other purpose then to saturete your internet browser with advertisements. These advertisements could be in the form of banners, pop-ups or maybe even copy pages you try to load an fill them with Ads. On rare ocasions Ads by Arcade Cake may even set up keywords that show up as hyperlinks and display an Ad when hovered over.
The presence of Ads will certainly slow down your computer. You CPU has to first download the data of the Ads and then rended them on your screen in addition to the content of whatever page you are trying to load yourself. This delay can add up a lot on older machine and possible also cause instability and non-responsivness.
The Ads are only a mild problem compared to what’s hiding behind them
The main goal of Ads by Arcade Cake is to generate revenue for whoevever update and distribute it. Unfortunately reports from similar programs have shown that Adware like Ads by Arcade Cake are often responsible for the installation of more Adware or other, more dangerous viruses. This is done through sending the user of the infected computer into contaminated sites or through making him download infected executable files.
Remember that Ads by Arcade Cake is malicious software and reputable online sites do not advertise through the likes of it. Any Ad you see will likely lead to some kind of dangerous site that will either try to install a virus or run some scan on you, The safest approach in dealing with the Ads is thus to simply ignore them.
Another more direct possibility is that Ads by Arcade Cake may attempt to have you download some kind of executable file that contains a virus. Commonly these pose as PC problem solving software – either anti-virus scanners or PC optimizers. In order to push you into installing it Ads by Arcade Cake is not shy of creating Ads that appear as fake system messages. These may give warning about problems with your PC that only the program offered can fix. We strongly avoid that you do not download or install anything prompted by the virus or by a system message until you remove Ads by Arcade Cake.
Remove Ads by Arcade Cake
To try and remove Ads by Arcade Cake quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Ads by Arcade Cake extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Ads by Arcade Cake by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Ads by Arcade Cake and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Ads by Arcade Cake removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Ads by Arcade Cake from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Ads by Arcade Cake from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ads by Arcade Cake from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!