How to remove ArcadeBayou Adware
What is ArcadeBayou:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
ArcadeBayou Adware or simply ArcadeBayou is a suspicious browser add on/extension, that most users classify as an adware. The developers of the ArcadeBayou are claiming that it allows users to play various online games for free, however after a very close inspection our security experts find out, that the ArcadeBayou is a dangerous Adware, capable of hijacking your web browser and monitoring your entire web traffic, to search for a particular keywords and finally – they will either sell the collected data or simply share it with some other 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. The ArcadeBayou adware employs intrusive ads marketing and once installed, your browsing habits will be monitored and shared – this may include various private browsing data like browsing locations, browsing URLs, search keywords, cookies and even credentials, usernames, email addresses and in some cases even passwords and financial information. If you already saw some of the ArcadeBayou Ads on your computer, our security experts strongly recommend you to remove it as soon as possible, before further damage occurs or even data gets lost. The ArcadeBayou adware works with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We recommend you to consider the search results compromised and/or manipulated and because they are usually full of 3rd party ads and/or other junk SPAM.
ArcadeBayou is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of ArcadeBayou varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of ArcadeBayou is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately, as they present a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
How to remove ArcadeBayou Adware:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove ArcadeBayou Adware Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove ArcadeBayou, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. To unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically start a scan and will detect all present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove ArcadeBayou Adware Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove ArcadeBayou Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove ArcadeBayou Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for all entries related to ArcadeBayou, Datahub.serving-sys.com, Searchguide.level3.com, Chromestart4.ru, Home.searchlf.com, Search.mpc.am, Passwordlogic Toolbar, Ds.serving-sys.com, MPC Cleaner, Moonly.com, Play-bar.net, CityBonanza.club, TechFreeHelp.com, Ads by Mgid, USB Lock, Search Manager, Traffic-media.co, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, PC Backup 360, Syndication.exoclick.com, SafeSurfs.com or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not being able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove ArcadeBayou from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the sub-folders.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any files or folders related to ArcadeBayou by checking the following locations: