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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is ArcadeTwist?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that ArcadeTwist is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is affected by ArcadeTwist?

You may see this entry in your list of installed software:


and these browser extensions/add-ons:



and this warning during install:


How did ArcadeTwist get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove ArcadeTwist?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of ArcadeTwist?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes ArcadeTwist completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the ArcadeTwist hijacker. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O2 - BHO: ArcadeTwist Gaming - {07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB} - C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.dll
Possible signs in a FRST log:

 BHO: ArcadeTwist Gaming -> {07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB} -> C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.dll [2015-03-04] ()
 FF HKCU\...\Firefox\Extensions: [{81a9e7a1-5cda-462d-bd06-d4450c6d9077}] - C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.xpi
 FF Extension: ArcadeTwist Gaming - C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.xpi [2015-03-04]
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist
       Adds the file arcadetwist.dll"="3/4/2015 12:12 PM, 99328 bytes, A
       Adds the file arcadetwist.xpi"="3/4/2015 12:12 PM, 2002 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons.ico"="3/4/2015 12:06 PM, 4286 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="3/21/2015 12:50 PM, 43503 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ArcadeTwist
       Adds the file Play ArcadeTwist.lnk"="3/21/2015 12:50 PM, 1134 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall ArcadeTwist.lnk"="3/21/2015 12:50 PM, 1013 bytes, A

Registry details  
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ArcadeTwist Gaming"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}\Implemented Categories]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}\Implemented Categories\{59fb2056-d625-48d0-a944-1a85b5ab2640}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ArcadeTwist Gaming"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\uninstall.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "ArcadeTwist"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.3.0"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.arcadetwist.com"
       "SupportLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.arcadetwist.com"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\uninstall.exe""
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions]
       "{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}"="REG_BINARY, ............
       "Flags"="REG_DWORD", 1024
       "VerCache"="REG_BINARY, ......................
       "{81a9e7a1-5cda-462d-bd06-d4450c6d9077}"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.xpi"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 3/21/2015
Scan Time: 12:59:51 PM
Logfile: mbamArcadeTwister.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2015.03.21.04
Rootkit Database: v2015.02.25.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 295338
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 17 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 6
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{07DE9DE3-477C-4E49-B7CD-A8ABAC6566CB}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\ArcadeTwist, Quarantined, [a187f5534f3bf640aeb5555954afec14], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.AracadeTwist.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\EXTENSIONS|{81a9e7a1-5cda-462d-bd06-d4450c6d9077}, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.xpi, Quarantined, [ce5afe4a96f4ae887e80fab449ba2cd4]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist, Quarantined, [a187f5534f3bf640aeb5555954afec14], 

Files: 5
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.dll, Quarantined, [ee3a3117672379bde8ac24c00302a45c], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SetupArcadeTwist.exe, Quarantined, [0e1a7ccc6d1d5ed86f250ed6a95c35cb], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\arcadetwist.xpi, Quarantined, [a187f5534f3bf640aeb5555954afec14], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\icons.ico, Quarantined, [a187f5534f3bf640aeb5555954afec14], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeTwist.A, C:\Program Files\ArcadeTwist\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [a187f5534f3bf640aeb5555954afec14], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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