I downloaded something from download.com and installed it - it ended up unleashing a world of crap into my computer (malware, etc). I seem to have gotten rid of all of it, except for this Extension that cannot be removed from Firefox called TopArcadeHits.
I've tried restarting Firefox in Safe Mode, using the "Reset" button from the Troubleshooting menu in Firefox, manually going to the Extensions folders in the Firefox install directories, and completely uninstalling and re-installing Firefox, being sure to have it wipe out all my bookmarks, cookies, and customizations in the process - nothing works, this damn extension is still in there. It is disabled, but I want it gone forever. It's kind of weird, a couple of other extensions always stay put too, like Logitech SetPoint and another, which I'm not concerned about - but just odd that those don't get wiped out with the actions I've taken.
How can this be banished from my browser?
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I had this problem too, and here is how I successfully removed it from FF21 in Windows 7. After uninstalling the base software from my machine, it was still listed as an addon and "unremovable". After perusing the registry I found that this extension was stored in an unusual location:
I.e. same level as top firefox user appdata, instead of under the extension folder in the profile under firefox folder. Moreover, the actual offending extension is buried within another "container" extension folder...tricky. Once this extension folder was deleted, it disappeared from firefox. (I also cleaned up my registry as well, but that was not necessary for the removal.)
There may be other places that extensions can be placed. It would be nice if future releases of FF enforced the location of extensions to the local and global directories only (content location cannot so easily be controlled, but extension location should be).
This should also be added to: Cannot uninstall an add-on (Note the above location is distinct from the global extension location in the install folder referred to in this article.)
Hope this helps...
This is probably adware that is annoying enough for some people to consider it malware. See
Please say what you have read, and what you have tried when you post back to say how you are getting on.
Yes, thanks guys - I had actually found, read, and followed the instructions you guys have posted.
Here are the steps I have followed (will try to recall them all):
Short of manually trying to find the registry settings this thing dropped in, I'm at a loss as to what else to try.
formatted with leading # in paragraphs ~J99
So, I just did go and find all registry entries matching TopArcadeHits - there were at least 10 of them. I deleted everything I could, but there are a few that regedit simply won't allow me to delete. For those, I had to go so far as adding a new permissions entry on the registry key for myself (even though I am always logged in to an Admin-level account), then delete them. Very frustrating.
And guess what?! IT'S STILL THERE!!!
Any hackers out there want to earn some money taking down a business? ;)
Did you read the mozillazine post I linked to ? They did succeed in removing TopArcadeHits.
Also see the post in that thread about the uninstaller. If you try that I would suggest as precautionary measures
It would be interesting to know exactly what has been installed. Your system details shows
OK, I did read that but I haven't yet tried uninstalling with that "Revo" program yet. As for downloading and running the uninstaller from the scammers who created this crap in the first place, like the guys in that thread said, I just can't bring myself to do that. I'll try the Revo thing and see how it goes. Thanks guys!
OK, I just installed and ran Revo - did a complete uninstall on Firefox, and did the Advanced Scan afterwards. The Advanced Scan found the extension - it's installed through this "SweetPacks" bundle (which piggybacked on something I downloaded through Download.com). I thought maybe this was finally going to kill it - I checked to remove everything on that list. Revo reported it all was removed. I then downloaded Firefox again, and re-installed. Lo and behold, all the extensions are gone EXCEPT TopArcadeHits. I can't even believe it. This is easily the most resilient piece of shit that's ever been loaded into any computer I've ever dealt with.
And I forgot to mention earlier - when I downloaded the original program that this was attached to, I gave it a scan with Microsoft Security Essentials, which I have running at all times. In fact, I never don't scan things that I download from the internet, even if they are coming from a supposedly "trusted" site like Download.com, or even my place of work. I scan everything before I open it. Nothing caught this thing. And even after multiple passes of virus / malware scans, I still had to find and delete a bunch of registry files myself too. This is why I have no reason to believe the same wouldn't happen if I downloaded their "uninstaller".
Well, I guess I give up. Appreciate all the help from you guys.
Sorry you are having problems still. Seems this is not a standard extension install and they may not have a user friendly uninstall method.
Have you tried a clean re-install removing the all the Firefox program files.
I have actually asked on their site about manually uninstalling the software. If they are a legit Company they should be willing to provide such information and that may get a quicker answer than trawling through and enquiring on anti-malware sites.
I am hazarding a guess that they may be hiding files within the Firefox path that you are not removing when re-installing, or that they have some other global install file that you have not yet discovered.
Thank you John, you're really going above and beyond here. I'm very curious as to what they'll say or if they'll respond. I tried to send a message through to the SweetPaks site but it wouldn't let me - kept complaining that my email address was invalid (but it wasn't).
I'm actually leaving for vacation today so I won't be able to try the thing you just posted for a while, but I'll return in about 3 weeks and will give it a go then.