Ads by PriceMinus

Also Known As: PriceMinus adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

PriceMinus removal instructions

What is PriceMinus?

The PriceMinus plug-in is described as a great tool to save time and money while shopping online. Although some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, PriceMinus is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The developers distribute this dubious add-on using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and is one of the reasons for these negative associations. Bundling is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software, and for this reason, PriceMinus is often installed inadvertently together with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. Following stealth infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, PriceMinus immediately delivers various intrusive advertisements (commonly marked 'By Similar Items' or 'By PriceMinus') that are likely to redirect to bogus websites. Clicking coupon, banner, or other generated ads, might cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.

PriceMinus adware

Furthermore, this PUP monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various information that may contain personally identifiable details. For example: IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, etc. Therefore, the presence of this program on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. As with regular adware, PriceMinus is similar or identical to many others claiming to enable useful features including Find-A-DealCrazy Score, and Joomiweb. Note that a previous variant of this adware was named SalePlus. None of these adware add-ons provide any of the features promised. Adware-type apps such as PriceMinus are developed simply to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected information with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall PriceMinus from your Internet browsers immediately.

At time of research, PriceMinus was distributed via small programs called 'installers' (also called 'download managers' and 'download clients') used by freeware download websites including Soft32.com, softonic.com, and download.com. These websites employ installers to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of third party programs or browser extensions together with chosen software. In some instances, these apps are hidden under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options. Although the developers guarantee that these promoted apps are '100% legitimate and virus-free', careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no other programs are included. In addition, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options when installing downloaded software - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed PriceMinus, follow the instructions below to eliminate this adware from your system.

Intrusive online ads generated by PriceMinus adware ('Ads by PriceMinus' and 'By Similar Items'):

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Deceptive free software installers used in PriceMinus adware distribution:

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Quick menu:

PriceMinus 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.

PriceMinus adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PriceMinus", "CableFix", "bestadblocker" and "Instagram for Chrome Tabs Instatabs", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs that cause PriceMinus ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove PriceMinus adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing PriceMinus 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 "PriceMinus" and "bestadblocker", select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing PriceMinus ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the priceminus 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.

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 logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing PriceMinus  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 "PriceMinuso" and "Instagram for Chrome Tabs Instatabs", select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing PriceMinus ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the priceminus adware, 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 logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing PriceMinus 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 "PriceMinuso" and "bestadblocker".

Removing PriceMinus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with priceminus adware 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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 priceminus adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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quick and easy! worked like a charm! priceminus is gone!!!

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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