The ArcadeGiant virus (Arcade Giant virus) is a term used to identify a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that is detected as adware by most security vendors. ArcadeGiant has also been reported to associate with and additionally be detected as a browser hijacker, spyware, and a Trojan. ArcadeGiant malware has been reported to change existing internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and other internet browsers with or without user consent by utilizing browser helper objects (BHOs), add-ons, extensions, and plugins.
ArcadeGiant displays unwanted advertisements and causes unwanted browser start-ups and redirects to suspicious websites. This primarily occurs when a user opens a new browser window, opens a new browser tab, or searches the web using the browser address or omni bar.
ArcadeGiant adware and associated programs may also collect user information used to display targeted advertisements. This information may also be distributed to third-party contractors associated with marketing and mailing lists. This can result in unwanted email spam, junk mail, and phone calls from telemarketers.
Ads by ArcadeGiant include pop-under advertisements that take up an entire browser window, banner and skyscraper advertisements like you see on most websites, in-text advertisementss that pop-up when a user hovers over hyper-linked text like Text Enhance, and pop-up advertisements that appear when a user hovers over images with their mouse pointer. Most of these advertisements will say something similar to “brought by ArcadeGiant.”
How does ArcadeGiant infect a computer?
ArcadeGiant is not technically a computer virus or malware. This adware program primarily bundles with third-party freeware and shareware distributed by websites such as download.com and can also be found in advertisements, torrents, and other items on media related websites such as thepiratebay.se.
Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install ArcadeGiant software and other items during the setup process of third-party software; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
How to remove ArcadeGiant virus
- Option 1: ArcadeGiant Removal Software & Tools – This first option details how to remove ArcadeGiant malware using the free or full versions of Hitman Pro Anti-Malware by SurfRight and/or CCleaner by Piriform.
- Option 2: ArcadeGiant Manual Removal- This second option details how to manually uninstall ArcadeGiant and remove unwanted browser attachments
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1. ArcadeGiant Removal Software & Tools
Use the instructions below to automatically remove ArcadeGiant and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
Hitman Pro by SurfRight
The free, trial, or full version of Hitman Pro can be used to remove malicious files, tracking cookies, and other traces of adware, unwanted programs, and severe forms of malware.
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2. Install the free or purchase the full version of Hitman Pro software.
3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system. If Hitman Pro has selected to quarantine ArcadeGiant (agiantie.dll), select to delete the malicious file using the dropdown list as pictured above.
5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.
Your computer should now be clean of threats, tracking cookies, malware, and other unwanted traces.
CCleaner by Piriform
The free or full version of CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall ArcadeGiant adware and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall ArcadeGiant and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for ArcadeGiant, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. ArcadeGiant Manual Removal
The guide below provides easy steps to manually uninstall ArcadeGiant adware from Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 Operating Systems.
It may be necessary to uninstall third-party software to remove this infection.
How to uninstall ArcadeGiant
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for ArcadeGiant and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove ArcadeGiant add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions below to remove ArcadeGiant add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
It may be necessary to remove third-party browser attachments.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the ArcadeGiant extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the ArcadeGiant add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the ArcadeGiant add-on and remove it if located.