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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is TopArcadeHits?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that TopArcadeHits 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 TopArcadeHits?

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

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and these warnings during install:

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and these browser add-ons:

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How did TopArcadeHits get on my computer?

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

How do I remove TopArcadeHits?

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 all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of TopArcadeHits?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes TopArcadeHits 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 TopArcadeHits hijacker. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O2 - BHO: TopArcadeHits Addon - {23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA} - C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.dll
Possible signs in a FRST log:

 BHO: TopArcadeHits Addon -> {23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA} -> C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.dll [2014-07-09] ()
 FF HKCU\...\Firefox\Extensions: [[email protected]] - C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.xpi
 FF Extension: TopArcadeHits Addon - C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.xpi [2014-07-09]
 () C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\TopArcadeHits
 () C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits

TopArcadeHits (HKLM\...\TopArcadeHits) (Version: 1.0.0 - TopArcadeHits)
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits
       Adds the file topah.dll"="7/9/2014 11:24 AM, 91136 bytes, A
       Adds the file topah.ico"="7/9/2014 11:24 AM, 117831 bytes, A
       Adds the file topah.xpi"="7/9/2014 11:24 AM, 2651 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninst.exe"="5/29/2015 6:50 PM, 168025 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\TopArcadeHits
       Adds the file Play TopArcadeHits.lnk"="5/29/2015 6:50 PM, 1146 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall TopArcadeHits.lnk"="5/29/2015 6:50 PM, 1010 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "TopArcadeHits Addon"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}\InProcServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "TopArcadeHits Addon"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\TopArcadeHits]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\uninst.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "TopArcadeHits"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0.0"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.toparcadehits.com"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "TopArcadeHits"
       "SupportLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.toparcadehits.com"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\uninst.exe""
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions]
       "{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}"="REG_BINARY, ............
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}]
       "Flags"="REG_DWORD", 1024
       "VerCache"="REG_BINARY, ......................
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\EXTENSIONS]
       "[email protected]"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.xpi"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 5/29/2015
Scan Time: 6:59:27 PM
Logfile: mbamTopArcadeHits.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.01.6.1022
Malware Database: v2015.05.29.04
Rootkit Database: v2015.05.24.01
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: 292626
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 46 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.ArcadeHits.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeHits.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeHits.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeHits.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.ArcadeHits.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{23407AE2-A2F7-4498-A031-1DDF42A357CA}, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\TopArcadeHits, Quarantined, [70f81d7c7b0f5bdbc969d1acea1bcd33], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\EXTENSIONS|[email protected], C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.xpi, Quarantined, [f96fcccdabdf2412062e5a2360a5817f]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 2
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits, Quarantined, [70f81d7c7b0f5bdbc969d1acea1bcd33], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\TopArcadeHits, Quarantined, [87e125747614da5c4de6fe7fda2b3fc1], 

Files: 7
PUP.Optional.ArcadeHits.A, C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.dll, Quarantined, [d8902a6f91f991a5ad4dddc114efd030], 
PUP.Optional.EpicPlay.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SetupToparcadehits.exe, Quarantined, [4b1d4356a2e8b581c98ad093a062fc04], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.xpi, Quarantined, [70f81d7c7b0f5bdbc969d1acea1bcd33], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\topah.ico, Quarantined, [70f81d7c7b0f5bdbc969d1acea1bcd33], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\Program Files\TopArcadeHits\uninst.exe, Quarantined, [70f81d7c7b0f5bdbc969d1acea1bcd33], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\TopArcadeHits\Uninstall TopArcadeHits.lnk, Quarantined, [87e125747614da5c4de6fe7fda2b3fc1], 
PUP.Optional.TopArcadeHits, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\TopArcadeHits\Play TopArcadeHits.lnk, Quarantined, [87e125747614da5c4de6fe7fda2b3fc1], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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