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Should I remove ArcadeCandy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,390
United States Rank #5,229
Reach 0.0296%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.44 days
779.88 days >
Average installed length: 409.77 days


ac 1.8.301 4.12%
ac 1.3.273 3.26%
ac 1.25.445 10.29%
ac 1.24.366 67.41%
ac 1.22.359 7.20%
ac 1.16.335 7.72%

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What is ArcadeCandy?

From the EULA: "Premium Games are offered free of charge at the Site in exchange for your agreement to install ArcadeCandy Software (the "Software"). The Software will allow us to display text link, popup/under, transitional and floating advertisements on your computer based on the information we collect from you as described in the Privacy Policy. The Software does not install any cookies on your computer and it does not collect any personally identifiable information. In addition, the Site and Premium Games may display advertisements from third parties before and/or during gameplay. All such advertisements from the Software, Site and Premium games shall collectively be known as "Third Party Advertisements". BY DOWNLOADING THE SOFTWARE TO PLAY PREMIUM GAMES, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING OUR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION AS PROVIDED IN THE ARCADECANDY PRIVACY POLICY. IN ADDITION, THE SOFTWARE AUTOMATICALLY MODIFIES YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS WITH FIREFOX, GOOGLE CHROME AND INTERNET EXPLORER TO ENABLE OUR REQUESTED ADD-ON RATHER THAN REQUIRING YOU TO MANUALLY ENABLE IT. ArcadeCandy reserves the right to add at any time additional features or functions to, or release new versions of, the Software (any such new features, functions or versions, "Upgrades"). Because the Software periodically communicates with the ArcadeCandy servers in order to help us better administer the Site and your experience on ArcadeCandy, we may send you an invitation to download an Upgrade, or we may make an Upgrade available through other means."


The most used version is ac 1.24.366, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is candyremove.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 7 files and is usually about 1.03 MB (1,080,725 bytes). candyUpdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Displays advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ArcadeCandy.
candyRemove.exe (36903d6f393b2033c7ee5b0f08a3b5f1) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7253 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.H
Norman 10.20140111 ArcadeCandy.A
candyUpdater.exe (232cb2cf3521a4e7640d46a53946eead) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Norman 7.00.22 ArcadeCandy.A
Vba32 AntiVirus suspected of Trojan.Downloader.gen.h
candyEX.dll (9b48752ba7bedbb54d9bee993015c3af) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Norman 7.02.06 ArcadeCandy.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RC1H1CV

Program detailsProgram details

URL: arcadecandy.com
Help link: www.arcadecandy.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\arcadecandy
Uninstaller: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\ArcadeCandy\candyRemove.exe
Estimated size: 1.03 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ArcadeCandy

Program executable:candyremove.exe
Additional files:
  • candyEX.dll - ArcadeCandy Games
  • ACGames.exe
  • candyEXPE.dll
  • candyUpdater.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • candyEX.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ArcadeCandy Games' with the class of {AB6BD08C-DB6B-4F02-8A22-4BD343E990FF}.
Scheduled Task
  • candyUpdater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'CandyUpdater' (runs daily at 11:00 AM).

How do I remove ArcadeCandy?

You can uninstall ArcadeCandy from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ArcadeCandy, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ArcadeCandy.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by ArcadeCandy you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 72%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.26%
Windows Vista 19.59%
Windows XP 3.61%
Windows 10 1.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 67.24%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 16.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.81%
Windows 7 Professional 3.47%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.29%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

98.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 98.72%
  Iran 0.29%
  Canada 0.29%
  Saudi Arabia 0.20%
  United Kingdom 0.20%
  Colombia 0.10%
  UA 0.10%
  OM 0.10%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.60%
Dell 28.19%
Toshiba 13.42%
Acer 12.53%
ASUS 1.57%
Gateway 0.89%
American Megatrends 0.67%
Lenovo 0.67%
Sony 0.67%
Intel 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.90%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.15%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.15%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.80%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.45%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.45%

About ArcadeCandy

ArcadeCandy develops free online games and premium games with locations in Europe and North America.
Publisher URL: arcadecandy.com


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