Removal instructions for Price Tracking Pro adware and the ads it displays
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is Price Tracking Pro?
Our researchers discovered the Price Tracking Pro browser extension while investigating deceptive websites. According to its promotional material, this extension is a tool that aids with online shopping, i.e., tracks prices, seller ratings, and other related information. However, our analysis revealed that Price Tracking Pro operates as advertising-supported software (adware).
Price Tracking Pro adware overview
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, overlays, surveys, and other ads) on visited websites and/or different interfaces.
These advertisements promote various scam scams, unreliable/harmful software, and even malware. Once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user permission.
It must be mentioned that while legitimate products and services may be encountered through these ads – they are highly unlikely to be promoted by their developers. It is most probably the work of scammers who abuse the content's affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions for the endorsement.
Advertising-supported software may need specific conditions to run intrusive advert campaigns, such as compatible browser/system or user geolocation, visits to particular sites, and so on. However, regardless of whether Price Tracking Pro displays ads – its presence on a system threatens device integrity and user safety.
Furthermore, this extension requests permission to display browser notifications. Hence, it could spam users with notifications promoting deceptive and hazardous content.
What is more, Price Tracking Pro has data-tracking abilities. Targeted information may include: browsing and search engine histories, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, etc. The gathered data can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of software like Price Tracking Pro on devices may result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Price Tracking Pro|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Price Tracking Pro|
|Supposed Functionality||Aid with online shopping, i.e., tracking prices, seller ratings, order listings, etc.|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
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Advertising-supported software usually appears legitimate and offers various features. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they do not work at all. It must be stressed that operational functionalities are not an indicator of a software's legitimacy or safety.
How did Price Tracking Pro install on my computer?
We obtained Price Tracking Pro from its "official" promotional webpage, and we found a deceptive site endorsing this browser extension. Users typically access such pages through redirects caused by spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with webpage force-opening abilities).
"Bundling" – packing regular program installation setups with unwanted/malicious additions – is also used to distribute adware. Downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., using "Quick/Easy" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements spread advertising-supported software as well. When clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading it only from official/verified sources. Additionally, installation must be treated with caution, which includes reading terms, inspecting available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of all supplementary apps, extensions, features, etc.
Another recommendation is to be vigilant while browsing since fake and malicious content usually appears ordinary and innocuous. For example, intrusive adverts may look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult dating, etc.).
If you keep encountering ads and/or redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Price Tracking Pro, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Price Tracking Pro adware's "official" promotional website:
Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Price Tracking Pro adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Price Tracking Pro?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Price Tracking Pro" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price tracking pro, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by price tracking pro removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price tracking pro, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
The presence of adware on a device can diminish the browsing experience and system performance. This software displays advertisements that promote misleading/malicious content capable of causing severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.). Additionally, adware may have data-tracking functionalities, which make it a privacy threat.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It displays ads on various interfaces. Some types may also cause redirects and collect private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue mainly through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, applications, products, services, and other content. The developers may earn commissions from ad clicks, webpage visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Price Tracking Pro adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be a perfect solution. In some instances, even after the advertising-supported software has been manually removed – various components (files) stay hidden within the system. These remnants may continue to run and cause problems. Therefore, adware must be eliminated thoroughly.
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