Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is buzz-it?
The Buzz-it browser add-on claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience by offering related articles, slideshows, and videos as users surf their favourite websites. While such functionality may seem legitimate, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.
This plugin adds no real value and generates intrusive third party ads including sponsored links (in-text ads), coupons, shopping comparison, content suggestions, banner, and pop-up ads. Clicking ads shown by Buzz-it can lead to high-risk malware infections.
As well as generating deceptive ads, this bogus browser plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, operating system types, Internet search providers, web addresses of pages visited, antivirus program types, and other software and hardware information, which can be personally identifiable.
This unwanted tracking can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. At time of research, Buzz-it was distributed using deceptive free software 'download clients', which trick users into installing this add-on without their consent. To avoid damage caused by this poorly-programmed adware, computer users should eliminate Buzz-it adware from their Internet browsers.
The Buzz-it add-on is similar to other adware, which infiltrates Internet browsers through freeware downloads. Examples include MediaPlayerplus, DealFinder, Coupon Server, and Supra Savings. These browser extensions claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience, however, they only diminish browser performance and cause intrusive ads.
To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, express caution when downloading and installing free software. Today, most freeware download websites employ deceptive 'download clients' to monetize their free services - small programs, which manage the download process and offer download of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware.
To avoid adware infections, decline installation of promoted browser extensions, and when installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware.
Internet users who have already installed the Buzz-it plugin and observe intrusive online advertisements when browsing the Internet, should use this removal guide to eliminate Buzz-it adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is buzz-it?
- STEP 1. Uninstall buzz-it application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove buzz-it add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove buzz-it plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove buzz-it extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove buzz-it extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. 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 "Buzz-it", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At time of research, Buzz-it adware installed together with other potentially unwanted programs such as MyPC Backup, PC Speed Maximizer, PriceGong, PricePeep, Search Protect, VO Package, and Wajam. You are advised to uninstall these programs.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Buzz-it ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Buzz-it virus from Internet 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 "PricePeep" and "PriceGong - Price Comparison", select these entries and click "Remove". Note that at time of research, Buzz-it did not install on Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the buzz-it 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: "PriceGong" and "PricePeep", select these entries and click the trash can icon. Note that at time of research, Buzz-it did not install on Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the buzz-it 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Buzz-it", "Free Download Manager plugin", "PriceGong", and "PricePeep".
Computer users who have problems with buzz-it 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 buzz-it 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.
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