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Price Expert Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Price Expert
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Price Expert removal instructions

What is Price Expert?

Price Expert is a dubious browser plug-in claiming to enhance the Internet shopping experience by enabling features to supposedly save time and money. At first glance, this extension may seem legitimate, however, it is classed 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) used by the developers to distribute Price Expert. After installation on Internet browsers, Price Expert displays intrusive advertisements that may redirect users to bogus websites, thus causing high-risk adware or malware infections.

Price Expert adware

In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually tracked, since Price Expert collects various information (IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, content of the visited pages, etc.) that may include personally identifiable data. Therefore, having this add-on installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues. Price Expert is similar to other regular adware such as Infonaut, Price Rocket, Price Defend, and Web Protector. None (including Price Expert) provide any value to the user - these adware applications are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive ads and sharing data with third parties. You are strongly advised to remove Price Expert from your system.

Recently, rogue apps such as Price Expert were mostly distributed on freeware download websites using small programs called 'download clients' (also called 'installers', download managers', etc.). When users download free software, installation of third-party apps is offered via download clients. Although these apps are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', most are categorized as adware or malware infections. To prevent installation of Price Expert, or other similar adware, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no other applications are included. Furthermore, install downloaded applications using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any third-party software listed for installation and allow you to uncheck them. If you have installed Price Expert, and you observe intrusive ads while surfing the Internet, the following removal guide will help you to eliminate this adware from your system.

Price Expert adware installer set-up:

Price Expert adware installer

Intrusive online advertisements generated by Price Expert adware ('Powered by Price Expert'):

Ads by Price Expert

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Quick menu:

Price Expert adware 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 Expert adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PriceExpert version 0.9.14.2", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Price Expert ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Price Expert adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Price Expert ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Price Expert", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Price Expert ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price expert, 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 logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Price Expert 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 "Extensions". Locate "PriceExpert", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Price Expert ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price expert, 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 logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Price Expert ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "PriceExpert".

Removing Price Expert ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by price expert 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by price expert, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by price expert from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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