PriceSparrow Ads

Also Known As: Price Sparrow Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Low

Price Sparrow ads removal instructions

What is Price Sparrow?

Created by Ciuvo GmbH, the PriceSparrow browser add-on claims to save time and money when shopping online by displaying coupon and deal ads. While such functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software and generates intrusive ads. Moreover, this plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording browser type and version, domains of websites visited when using the add-on, time, excerpts from the text body of visited websites, and URL of proposed website.

Price sparrow ads

Developers of Price Sparrow use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', thus, most computer users install this plugin inadvertently without their consent. Recent research shows that ads generated by this browser extension can appear when installing various third party browser add-ons including, for example, Sense, Snappy images, Getdeal, and many others. Internet users then observe unwanted Price Sparrow ads even though they did not willingly install this plugin. This add-on is not technically a virus or malware, however, it diminishes browser performance and generates intrusive ads. For these reasons, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your computer.

PriceSparrow is similar to other potentially unwanted programs, which generate coupon ads and infiltrate users' Internet browsers via free software downloads. Examples include Value AppsPricePeepSaveSense, and TheSeaApp. To avoid installation of this adware, be attentive when downloading and installing free programs downloaded from the Internet. Today, most freeware download websites employ 'download clients' - small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free program. Therefore, reckless freeware download can result in adware infections. When downloading free software, closely inspect each step and decline installation of any promoted browser extensions. When installing downloaded programs, use the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of bundled programs or browser plug-ins. Internet users who observe PriceSparrow ads should use this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their computers.

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Quick menu:

PriceSparrow ads removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Price Sparrow uninstall from Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PriceSparrow", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling PriceSparrow, scan your computer for any remaingin unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove PriceSparrow ads from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "PriceSparrow" and disable it.

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the price sparrow 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "PriceSparrow", select it and click the trash can icon.

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the price sparrow virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "PriceSparrow".

Removing Price Sparrow ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with price sparrow virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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oh. this was fast. removed this quickly and easy, all the steps worked. thanks a lot