What is Price-Hipo?
Developed by First Offerz Ltd, Price-Hipo is a rogue application claiming to save time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and by displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites.
On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Price-Hipo is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) employed by Price-Hipo uses to install on Internet Browsers without users' permission.
After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Price-Hipo generates various intrusive online advertisements including coupon, sponsored message, coupon photographs, graphic, deals, and other commercial offers. Clicking these advertisements may cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Price-Hipo continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other details that are likely to be personally identifiable.
This information tracking may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Price-Hipo is similar to other rogue applications that use bundling as an installation method. Examples include rePrice, Cheapster, and Friday Frenzy among many others.
None of these applications (including Price-Hipo) provide any significant value to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall Price-Hipo from your Internet browsers.
Close examination of Price-Hipo reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com.
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') applications or browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of Price-Hipo, or other similar adware, be attentive during the process of freeware download and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, when installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Price-Hipo, read the following removal guide and uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Price-Hipo?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Price-Hipo application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Price-Hipo adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Price-Hipo ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Price-Hipo' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Price-Hero extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Price-Hipo 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 "Price-Hipo", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Price-Hipo ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Price-Hipo adware 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 "Price-Hipo", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price-hipo, 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 "Extensions". Locate: "Price-Hipo", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price-hipo, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Price-Hipo".
Computer users who have problems with ads by price-hipo 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 ads by price-hipo, 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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