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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

ArcadeApp Search

ArcadeApp Search is yet another useless but potentially risky browser extension from the same creators who have given us ArcadeCenter Search, FilmsApp Search, and MusicApp Search, which are all very similar and even identical potentially unwanted programs (PUP). It does not mean that this PUP is a huge risk to have on board, but it may still expose you to questionable third-party content indirectly. In other words, if you find this extension in your Google Chrome browser, this only browser it seems to affect, you could be presented with potentially unreliable third-party advertisements. This PUP also changes your browser settings and installs a questionable search engine as your default. We have found that this tool can also infiltrate your system under suspicious circumstances, which means that this could be the reason why you may not even recall installing it. It is advisable that you remove ArcadeApp Search from your browser if you want to keep your computer clean. Let us tell you how this PUP may have ended up on your system and what you need to do if you would like to avoid similar threats.

The first suspicious thing about this browser extension is that its supposed official webpage, superappbox.com, does not even promote it. You can find four of its cloned siblings available there for installation, but not this PUP. This is a very simple webpage indeed and takes after playmediacenter.com and its promoted PUPs so much that we are sure that the same authors are behind both sites and these programs. The only official page where you can actually install this PUP directly is its Chrome web store page, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arcadeapp-search/eiocplpcecacffckmennjpibggdajmnf. Here you can see that already 41 thousand users have installed it, which is a suspiciously high number considering that it was only released less than a week ago. Another suspicious thing is that there are only four reviews, which all praise this tool like "It is exceptionally excellent." These reviews are rather fishy to be frank and seem like a paid campaign or simply fake accounts used by the creators to spread fake information about their product. If you are not convinced that you should delete ArcadeApp Search right now, let us add more to the pile.

This browser extension can also be found spreading in deceptive ways. It is possible that you do not even realize that you drop it onto your system. For example, you may click on a third-party pop-up that claims that you have to install the latest Adobe Flash version or any other plugin or program to be able to view specific content on a page or to protect your system, and so on. These pop-up ads you should always avoid because you could download not just one PUP in the background but a whole bundle packed with malware threats as well. There are lots of websites on the web that host unreliable third-party content to make money. You should stay away from suspicious file-sharing, online gaming, betting, and porn-related websites because these are the most common platforms for cyber criminals to spread their infections. We recommend that you scan your computer with a reliable malware scanner once you delete ArcadeApp Search.

If you are a gamer, you would probably never use lame online gaming sites that offer outdated and childish flash games. Yet, this is what this tool has to offer. When you install it, it changes your home page, new tab page, and default search engine settings to promote its questionable search engine, play.eanswers.com. This PUP may also display notifications that can be used for promoting potentially risky third-party content. Another suspicious thing about this browser extension is that after you install it, you are redirected to movie.medianetnow.com/wim/lp/lp51/index_45.php?id=2 claiming that your installation is only at 60%, which can deceive unsuspecting users to click right away on the green "Add now" button instead of the hardly visible, grey "Skip" button. This page pushes you to install videoNet Search, which is yet another questionable tool.

This PUP displays a pop-up panel in the top-right corner of your browser window if you click on its icon in the toolbar. This window offers you a search box, which takes you to super.cantstopplaying.com/search, and a number of thumbnail links of games that lead to cantstopplaying.com. If you use this page, you could be presented with questionable third-party ads that you should never click on. You should also not use this search engine because it redirects you to modified Yahoo search results pages that can show you unreliable advertisements and sponsored links as well. If you want to keep your PC secure, we suggest that you remove ArcadeApp Search as soon as possible.

We have found only one good thing about this PUP, and it is its easy removal. You can simply eliminate this potential threat source by removing this extension from your Google Chrome browser. If you do not know how to do this, please use our instructions below. Do not forget about the other threats that could be way more serious than this one. The only effective way to detect all possible infections on your system -- if you are not an IT expert -- is to use a professional anti-malware program like SpyHunter. If you would like to protect your PC from future attacks, such security software can automatically take care of all kinds of threats.

How to remove ArcadeApp Search from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and choose More tools.
  2. Select Extensions.
  3. Locate the undesirable extension and click the Trash can icon.
  4. Press Remove in the confirmation window.
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