This article was created to help users with the CrushArcade Virus removal from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their PC.
Today’s article is about a suspicious piece of software referred to as CrushArcade Virus. If CrushArcade Virus is residing in your computer then you should be aware that you are likely dealing with a mildly dangerous, but extremely annoying virus of the Adware variety. As you have probably already noticed it will create all kinds of pop-ups, banners and maybe even whole pages that open by themselves whenever you load a page of your own or click on a link. And all of these will contain some form of advertisements (Ads) and the Ads will be big enough to be impossible to ignore. These Ads will be annoying to deal with, but at least they are not dangerous on their on, but merely annoying. What you should be worried about is what’s hiding behind the facade of those shiny Ads.
Don’t click on those Ads – nothing useful will ever come out of them
The whole purpose of the Ads is to be annoying enough so that they eventually get your attention. Do not allow them to fool you!
The hyperlinks that operate behind the Ads will often to lead to very dangerous sites – frauds, fakes and maybe even virus spreading websites. They will try to get you spend money on different things – often with huge discounts. Remember that these sites can only offer those discounts because they are not actually selling anything, but just trying a money scam of some sort!
Worse CrushArcade Virus might also try to trick you into installing a virus on it’s own. Usually this virus is port of some free software offer that is supposed to fix a problem with your computer, optimize it or anything else of the sort. It will be accompanied by a set of fake messages that inform you of said problem being found on your computer. These messages can range from missing plug-ins, codecs, video players, virus infestations, problems with the registry and much more.
WE strongly advise you NOT to install anything offered to you by CrushArcade Virus. Also always be on the lookout for executable files (.exe) as they are the types of files that commonly carry viruses. Never download .exe files from untrusted locations like torrent and storage sites from the internet. The best place to get a program is always the official site of the developer.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove CrushArcade Virus 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 CrushArcade Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
CrushArcade Virus Removal
Before we start we have to inform you about a peculiarity this guide has. If at any point after performing one of these steps you do not receive the results described in this guide don’t worry. Just make sure you’ve done everything correctly as described and if that is the case simply move on forward.
This is so because we’ve determined that there could be several different versions of CrushArcade Virus in existance and every one of them requires a slightly different approach to remove. Thus we’ve written all known as possible operations in the guide, even though some may be redundant for some people.
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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- 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.
Now we need to remove every single copy of CrushArcade Virus from your internet browsers. Run Steps 2&3 for ALL browsers that you have installed on your computer. This includes even those you may have installed in the past, but are no longer actively using. When CrushArcade Virus got into your computer it infected all of them and if we let even a single copy remain the virus will just clone itself and infect anything upon next system reboot.
While you are removing CrushArcade Virus you may notice some messages appearing that they offer free downloads, deals and other stuff. This is actually a last ditch effort by CrushArcade Virus to install itself back on your computer under a different name. Don’t install anything offered by CrushArcade Virus until we remove it.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find CrushArcade Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
CrushArcade Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click 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.
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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 CrushArcade Virus 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 Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
The final steps of this article involve manipulation of the process manager and direct file deletion. This operations is mandatory if you want to be certain that CrushArcade Virus will be removed permanently, but it could also be dangerous for inexperienced users. Doing anything wrong can damage your OS significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional CrushArcade Virus remover software that can do this for you – risk free. Getting one might be a good idea even if you are feeling confident – beside removing CrushArcade Virus an anti-malware program could scan and detect more subtle (and dangerous) viruses that you might not even realize have infected your PC until it’s too late.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.