Shopping Chip removal instructions
What is Shopping Chip?
The Shopping Chip browser add-on displays coupon and discount ads when users visit online shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, Walmart, etc. The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Note that while the functionality of Shopping Chip may seem legitimate, many Internet users refer to this browser add-on as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this browser extension installs on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, users often feel that it was installed without their consent. The source of unwilling installations such as these are free software download websites, which use 'download clients' to monetize incoming web traffic.
Download clients are small programs, which manage the download process of free software and offer installation of promoted free browser plugins (commonly, adware) together with the chosen freeware. After successful installation, Shopping Chip not only provides users with discount ads, but also causes various unwanted pop-up ads and diminished browser performance. Moreover, this browser add-on tracks users' Internet browsing behavior and thus can result in serious privacy issues. Technically, Shopping Chip in not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. You are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.
Shopping Chip is similar to other potentially unwanted browser add-ons distributed using free software downloads via a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Examples of other unwanted add-ons include ZenDeals, Lucky Leap, Trusted Saver, and many others. Shopping Chip adds little or no functionality and causes unwanted ads, diminished browser performance, and may lead to serious privacy issues including identity theft. Note that Shopping Chip lists an uninstall entry in Control Panel, however, this allows removal from Internet Explorer only (removal from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox must be performed manually). To avoid installation of such adware, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, closely inspect each step and decline installation of any promoted browser extensions. If you have already installed this browser add-on, follow the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your computer.
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- What is Shopping Chip?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Shopping Chip application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Shopping Chip add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Shopping Chip plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Shopping Chip extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Shopping Chip extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Shopping Chip 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 "ShoppingChip", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Shopping Chip, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Shopping Chip from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ShoppingChip" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopping chip ads, 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: "ShoppingChip" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the "ShoppingChip" extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopping chip ads, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "ShoppingChip".
Computer users who have problems with shopping chip ads 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 shopping chip ads, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove shopping chip ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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