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21 October 2011
ArcadeWeb LLC / FutureAds LLC
Risk Impact:
Systems Affected:


Adware.ArcadeWeb is a detection for certain online gaming software that displays advertisements.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 19 July 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Daily Certified version 21 October 2011 revision 020
  • Latest Daily Certified version 20 July 2019 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 26 October 2011
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\Chrome\awtextlinks.jar
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\chrome.manifest
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\components\arcadewebfirefox.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\components\arcadewebfirefox.xpt
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\components\arcadewebfirefox2.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\\install.rdf
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\Chrome\awtextlinks.jar
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\chrome.manifest
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\components\arcadewebfirefox.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\components\arcadewebfirefox.xpt
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\components\arcadewebfirefox2.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bcfh5tat.default\extensions\\install.rdf
  • %UserProfile%\My Documents\My Pictures\arcade_web_screen1.bmp
  • %UserProfile%\My Documents\My Pictures\arcade_web_screen2.bmp
  • %UserProfile%\My Documents\My Pictures\arcade_web_screen3.bmp
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\arcade_web_screen1.bmp.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\arcade_web_screen2.bmp.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\arcade_web_screen3.bmp.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\My Pictures.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\ArcadeWeb\arcadeweb32.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\ArcadeWeb\awun.exe

Next, the program creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"AW TrayIcon" = "RunDll32.exe "C:\Program Files\ArcadeWeb\arcadeweb32.dll", RunTrayIcon"

It also creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\ExplorerPlugin.DLL\"AppID" = "{94C3E25B-C973-4A17-B80D-207BD978DB23}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ExplorerPlugin.Extension\CurVer\"" = "ExplorerPlugin.Extension.1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ExplorerPlugin.Extension\CLSID\"" = "{78919608-B066-4B5A-B248-38E12A783E05}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ExplorerPlugin.Extension\"" = "ArcadeWeb Class"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ExplorerPlugin.Extension.1\CLSID\"" = "{78919608-B066-4B5A-B248-38E12A783E05}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ExplorerPlugin.Extension.1\"" = "ArcadeWeb Class"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{78919608-B066-4B5A-B248-38E12A783E05}\Arcadeweb\"NoExplorer" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Arcadeweb\"DisplayName" = "ArcadeWeb"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Arcadeweb\"UninstallString" = "%ProgramFiles%\ArcadeWeb\awun.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Arcadeweb\"DisplayIcon" = "%ProgramFiles%\ArcadeWeb\awun.exe"

Next, it creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{94C3E25B-C973-4A17-B80D-207BD978DB23}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{78919608-B066-4B5A-B248-38E12A783E05}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{5F280841-8023-4BE6-9A4F-184D3E79A785}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B69460A1-2DBB-4980-8F30-44231D69AEFA}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{A670E878-A272-443D-BD19-ED0A9BFD3FD8}\1.0

The program installs a component into Web browsers that converts certain keywords to links. When the mouse hovers over the link, an advertisement is displayed.

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Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.

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Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
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Identifying and submitting suspect files
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Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
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Protecting your business network

The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product

2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.