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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

arcadeCenter Search

If you realize that your web searches are forwarded to Yahoo by default for seemingly no reason, it is possible that you will find arcadeCenter Search, a questionable Google Chrome browser extension in your browser. Although you may have installed this tool yourself knowingly, we also know that it can be distributed in potentially harmful ways, i.e., along with malicious software installers. This extension does not mean direct and dangerous threat to your system, but it might still introduce you to potentially unreliable third-party content indirectly. Therefore, we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP for short. You do not need to panic just now because finding this PUP on your system is definitely not the end of the world, but, if you do not want to infect your computer with more threats or become scammed by cyber crooks on malicious websites you may get redirected to, we believe that you should remove arcadeCenter Search right away. If you are wondering how this PUP might put your system security at risk and how it can show up on your system, please read on.

First of all, you can download this tool by visiting its official promotional site at playmediacenter.com. You can actually find fours very similar browser extensions there, including gamesCenter Search, movieCenter Searc, and videoCenter Search. These can all be installed directly from this page. However, we ask you to be careful because it is important that you read the permission pop-up properly to understand what kinds of permissions you are about to grant. The other official page is the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arcadecenter-search/amaailffjlebnlbbiienhndhmffhbokl. This page shows that as many as 82,000 computer users have installed this extension so far, which can be called quite popular actually. Nevertheless, when you check the one single review that has been left, you might change your mind and delete arcadeCenter Search right now. This review simply states: "it sucks." Well, not the best promotion material for sure. It is also important for us to mention that instead of installing this tool right away, you are taken to another promotional page, movie.theappjunkies.com/wim/lp/lp51/index_78.php?id=2, which tries to trick you into installing this other questionable tool. If you do not want more risky applications on your system, we suggest that you always think and read before clicking.

Our research indicates that this PUP can also spread in free software bundles that may pack malicious programs as well. This is really bad news since your system could be infected now with a couple of PUPs and malware threats as well. If you keep downloading free software off of questionable torrent and freeware pages, be prepared to drop some uninvited guests onto your machine since these pages mostly promote malicious software packages. Also, it is essential that you stop clicking on third-party ads; even more so when your system could be infected with adware. All in all, we recommend that after you delete arcadeCenter Search, you use a trustworthy malware scanner to scan your system for other threats.

This PUP uses its own search engine, play.eanswers.com, to manipulate the search results that you will see. It sets this questionable search engine as your default search provider so that it will be used every time you decide to search the web from your address bar. This tool is rather tricky because it hides the usual default search engine box from your new tab pages so that you are left with an obvious choice to use the address bar. However, when you run a web search using this extension, your queries are forwarded to a manipulated Yahoo search results page where you might click on promoted material, such as third-party ads and links that might be corrupted and lead to malicious websites or trigger malicious code to drop infections. This PUP also offers you an icon in the top-right corner. Clicking on this icon, a panel pops up that offers you lame free online games from cantstopplaying.com as well as a search tool. We believe that it is the best if you do not use this extension at all if you do not wish to cause further system security issues. We advise you to remove arcadeCenter Search from your computer now.

The good news about this PUP is definitely the fact that you can easily eliminate it by removing this undesirable extension through the browser menu. It seems that right now this extension only affects your Google Chrome browser so the whole process should not even take a minute if you follow our guide below. Keep in mind that it could be vital for you to update all your drivers (Java and Adobe Flash Player) and programs if you want to prevent cyber criminals from exploiting older security bugs and attack your computer that way. In fact, we also recommend that you start employing a decent anti-malware program like SpyHunter if you want to feel secure in your virtual world.

How to remove arcadeCenter Search from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F to display the menu.
  2. Open More tools.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Click the Trash can icon on the right side of the unwanted extension.
  5. In the pop-up, press Remove.
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