Removal Guide

Ads by Arcade Cake Removal From Chrome/Firefox/IE

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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.

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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.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Arcade Cake from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by Arcade Cake from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

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Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Ads by Arcade Cake has likely infected all internet browsers installed on your computer. Now that you have Safe Mode enabled it is time to fix this problem. In order to do it you’ll have to run Step 2 and Step 3 seperately for each and every internet browser that is installed on your PC.

If any confirmation messages pop when trying to disable Ads by Arcade Cake as per the instructions read the text carefully. It may try to make you download another program or visit a site to comple a survy or evaluation of services. Deny either as those as just attempts to re-infect your computer with a different virus.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Ads by Arcade Cake . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Ads by Arcade Cake  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Arcade Cake and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Read and follow the instructions carefully and double check before deleting Ads by Arcade Cake’s files. Those could be easily mistaken with system files leading to damage of Windows installation or other important programs. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by Arcade Cake remover. Not only will it get rid of Ads by Arcade Cake for you without you having to do anything, but you can use the excellent scanner that comes with it in order to scan your computer for latent viruses that may have installed or been installed by Ads by Arcade Cake.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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  • Thanks; this was super easy. luckily it didn’t seem like any viruses were in the PC…just the I guess you call it adware? Anyway, its fixed now!

  • This was great! I made the stupid mistake of downloading this ArcadeCake crap and this article was just what I needed to get rid of it!

  • question for ya: I keep getting a small box showing up on my computer that says a file cannot be opened: Arcadecake. I am a little worried about having a virus, but I tried to go thru step two that you suggested, and nothing was showing up at all under any of my three browsers for arcadecake. So I think that my computer has been blocking it. does this sound legit?

    • Download the program from one of our ads. The scanner is free and the program is pretty good overall. Use it to determine if you have any infected files. But to answer your question, yes, it all sounds fishy, I’d start scanning if I was you 🙂

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