What is ArcadeTwist

ArcadeTwist by ArcadeTwist.com is gaming software that can also generate advertisements in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Initially, it is a desktop application for downloading playing games available on arcadetwist.com. However, after installation it may inject video ads, pop-ups, in-search ads in browsers. ArcadeTwist sometimes installs co-named extensions. Ads are named as “Ads by ArcadeTwist”, “powered by ArcadeTwist”, “ArcadeTwist Advertisement” and so on. Here are instructions on how to remove ArcadeTwist adware from PC.

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How ArcadeTwist infected your PC

ArcadeTwist can be downloaded from it website arcadetwist.com. But main source of distribution is free bundled installations. Adware is attached to some free tool and installs secretly in the background. Then user starts randomly see ads and pop-ups. Antivirus software cannot protect you from threats like ArcadeTwist. You need to be careful while downloading files from the web. You can also use SpyHunter 5 – antimalware that can protect and effectively remove such unwanted apps.

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To remove ArcadeTwist completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of ArcadeTwist and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove ArcadeTwist manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full ArcadeTwist removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of ArcadeTwist installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove ArcadeTwist from Control Panel

To start removing ArcadeTwist you should remove it using Control Panel. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove ArcadeTwist from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find ArcadeTwist.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove ArcadeTwist from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find ArcadeTwist and click Uninstall.

Remove ArcadeTwist from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find ArcadeTwist, click Uninstall.

Cannot uninstall ArcadeTwist

In some cases ArcadeTwist won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall ArcadeTwist. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing ArcadeTwist folder and files. This happens, because process AtwHelp.dll or service updater.exe does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall ArcadeTwist in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove ArcadeTwist

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove ArcadeTwist add-on from your browsers

Removing ArcadeTwist from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It is browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove ArcadeTwist extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find ArcadeTwist extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose ArcadeTwist extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove ArcadeTwist from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable ArcadeTwist, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable ArcadeTwist.

Opera Browser:

Generally, ArcadeTwist does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find ArcadeTwist extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.

Remove following files and folders

ArcadeTwist files:


ArcadeTwist folders:

C:\users\{your username}\appdata\local\arcadetwist

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