PriceGong - how to remove ads caused by this browser add-on?
What is PriceGong?
The PriceGong browser plug-in claims to save money by displaying pop-up ads with product price comparisons when Internet users visit online shopping websites. For some, this browser plug-in may seem useful, however, many Internet users complain that this browser add-on was installed on their computers without their consent and they find PriceGong ads annoying and difficult to remove. PriceGong is not related to malware or virus infections, however, it commonly installs on users' systems during installation of freeware (free software downloaded from the Internet).
Promotion methods such as these (bundling with free programs) are common amongst freeware developers. Therefore, to avoid unwanted browser toolbars and add-on installation, closely inspect the freeware installation phase and opt-out of installation options for any additional software, extensions, etc. The disadvantages of this browser plug-in are as follows: diminished Internet browser performance, pop-up ads, and user-tracking of Internet surfing habits. If you have not willingly installed this extension, remove it from your computer immediately. PriceGong is not technically considered to be a virus or malware, however, if you feel it has been installed without your consent, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate it from your browsers.
There are several different methods by which PriceGong becomes installed users' systems. If you have willingly installed PriceGong, and use the extension for price comparison of shopping websites, then you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that you have inadvertently installed it, and find the PriceGong ads annoying, use the information provided to eliminate these issues. Inadvertent PriceGong installation is a direct consequence of reckless free software installation. To avoid installing unwanted browser plug-ins, always closely check each step of freeware installation for information pertaining to additional (potentially unwanted) software or browser extensions.
Deceptive free software installers used in PriceGong adware distribution:
PriceGong adware generating intrusive ads ("Powered by PriceGong") when visiting online shopping websites:
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- What is PriceGong?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PriceGong application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PriceGong add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PriceGong plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove PriceGong extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PriceGong extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PriceGong adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "PriceGong", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling PriceGong adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
PriceGong adware removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Shopping Assistant Plugin" and disable this entry.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricegong virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "PriceGong", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricegong virus, 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". Click on "Extensions" and disable "PriceGong".
Computer users who have problems with pricegong virus 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 pricegong virus, 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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