Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
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.
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 Apps, PricePeep, SaveSense, 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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- What is PriceSparrow?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PriceSparrow application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PriceSparrow add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PriceSparrow plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove PriceSparrow extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PriceSparrow extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PriceSparrow ads removal:
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 "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:
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 "PriceSparrow" and disable it.
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.
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: "PriceSparrow", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the price sparrow 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "PriceSparrow".
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, 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 price sparrow 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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