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Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is PriceFountain?
Created by DealPly Technologies Ltd, PriceFountain is a rogue application claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available within online stores. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
The developers of this rogue application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with other software) to install PriceFountain on systems without consent.
After successful infiltration, PriceFountain tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information such as IP addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), operating systems and browser types, website URLs visited, pages viewed, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details that may be personally identifiable. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft.
Furthermore, PriceFountain delivers various of intrusive online advertisements including banner and text-link ads. Clicking these generated advertisements is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections, and for these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate PriceFountain from your Internet browsers.
During research, PriceFountain was mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites including download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.
Download managers are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') applications together with the chosen free software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in installation of PriceFountain or other similar adware/malware infections (for example, KNCTR, Offer Boulevard, Insta Share, etc.)
Research shows that rather than enabling the promised functionality, PriceFountain and other PUPs diminish browser performance and may cause high-risk infections. Their actual purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and sharing the collected information with third parties.
Installation of these rogue applications can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and declining any offers to install additional programs.
Furthermore, if you are installing already downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. Internet users who have already installed PriceFountain should read the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from their systems.
Deceptive free software installers used in PriceFountain adware distribution:
PriceFountain adware generating intrusive online ads ('brought by PriceFountain'):
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- What is PriceFountain?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PriceFountain application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PriceFountain adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PriceFountain ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove ' Ads by PriceFountain' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PriceFountain extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PriceFountain adware 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 "PriceFountain (remove only)", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes PriceFountain ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PriceFountain adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gears" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "PriceFountain" browser extension, select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricefountain adware, 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 any recently installed add-ons, select such entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricefountain adware, 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, and remove "PriceFountain".
Computer users who have problems with pricefountain adware 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 pricefountain adware, 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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