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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts


You may find GreatArcadeHits on your system after you have visited a questionable online flash gaming website or you have installed a malicious freeware bundle. This application may annoy you with its third-party advertisements, but you should know that these are not all innocent commercials. As a matter of fact, we have categorized this threat as an adware program because of its capabilities. Unfortunately, engaging with these potentially unreliable third-party advertisements could bring more malware infections onto your computer. But it is also possible that you could land on malicious websites and cause more security-related issues for yourself and your computer as well. If you want to protect your system, we suggest that you do not wait any longer and remove GreatArcadeHits right away.

It is possible to download this questionable software through its promotional website, greatarcadehits.com, where you can play with more than 3000 online flash games. This adware practically has to be downloaded if you want to play these games for free. We have found that these games are rather old so it is possible that this site was only set up for distributing this ad-supported program that actually generates the revenue for the authors. As a matter of fact, we have not found third-party advertisements on this official site, which is quite strange and rare. The only explanation could be that this site only gets a small number of visitors.

We do not think that you infected your computer this way, though. It is much more likely that you clicked on the wrong third-party advertisement or link and you downloaded a freeware bundle filled with malicious software installers. This is how this adware mostly spreads on the web according to user reports and our research as well. In order for you to click on such contents, you either need to visit suspicious websites or have an adware program or browser hijacker on board.

You may have noticed that certain websites are filled with annoying and flashing third-party advertisements. These are mostly file-sharing, gaming, gambling, and porn-related websites. If you are searching the web, for instance, for free files to download, you may find malicious websites in the presented search results list even if you are using a reputable search engine, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. But, if you are not an experienced computer user, you may not realize that the link you click on leads to a fake website set up by schemers with the only aim to promote third-party content and potentially malicious installers to make money. Clicking on anything on such a page could drop a whole package of malware programs onto your computer, including browser hijackers, fake alerts, adware applications, and potentially unwanted programs as well. If you delete GreatArcadeHits alone, it will obviously not solve your issues.

Since it is also possible that your computer is infected with adware programs and browser hijackers and these infections may display corrupt advertisements and links, it is really advisable for you to run a reliable malware scanner right after you remove GreatArcadeHits from your system.

As we have already said, this questionable software is offered to you for download if you want to keep using and downloading free games related to the aforementioned website. However, this is what the Privacy Policy reveals about this:

Premium Game players ("Premium User(s)") have access to the Premium Games at no charge in exchange for their agreement to install the GreatArcadeHits software (the "Software") on their computers or other computing device. The Software allows us to display third party applications as well as text link, popup/under, shopping, transitional and banner advertisements based on the web content viewed by that User"

There are no secrets about the main intention of this ad-supported program. However, you should be aware of the potential risks you may take by agreeing to its installation. This adware may spy on you and gather personally identifiable information about you and your browsing habits. This might be shared with third parties. The problem is that this information can be used for targeting you with customized advertisements, which could be exploited by cyber criminals. Imagine finding commercials about a product you would actually like to buy, which is obviously known by this adware already, and it is offered at an insanely low price. Would you click on such an ad? Could you resist temptation?

You should know that you may end up on a fake online shopping site where you could be asked for your personal and banking details to buy this product. However, instead of buying a real product, you would simply reveal your most precious details to cyber criminals, who can misuse them and commit all kinds of online crimes. If you do not want to experience any of these first hand, we recommend that you remove GreatArcadeHits as soon as possible.

Our research shows that this adware can be easily uninstalled via Control Panel and that its uninstaller leaves no leftovers. Therefore, we advise you to follow our instructions below if you want to manually delete GreatArcadeHits from your computer. However, since there could be several more infections on board, we suggest that you use a trustworthy anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter, which can automatically protect your computer from all kinds of malicious attacks.

Remove GreatArcadeHits from Windows

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+X and select Programs and Features.
  2. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Remove.
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