Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is PriceChomper?
PriceChomper is a bogus browser extension compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This add-on supposedly saves time and money while shopping online - "Take a bite out of markup with our price comparison app! After installing PriceChomper, go to a product page and before adding to cart check all available prices to make sure you're getting the best deal!"
These claims are attempts to trick users into believing that PriceChomper is legitimate and useful, however, this plug-in is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealth infiltration on Internet browsers, PriceChomper generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
PriceChomper displays various types of advertisements by employing a virtual layer, which allows placement of graphical content that does not originate from the visited website. Some of the displayed advertisements are opened in new browser tabs or windows and include coupon, banner, comparison shopping, pop-up, interstitial, sponsored links, and others that redirect to online stores or other similar commercial websites.
Users may also be redirected to bogus websites containing infectious content, and therefore, clicking these ads can lead to high-risk computer infection. Furthermore, PriceChomper continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various software and hardware information.
PriceChomper developers later share this information with third parties who can misuse it, thereby causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are concerned about your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall PriceChomper immediately.
We do NOT knowingly collect personal information through the Plugin. However, it is possible that, in very limited and rare circumstances, personal information could be collected incidentally and without our knowledge (for example, the Plugin collects the URLs of the websites you visit and in certain cases collects the search terms you enter into a search engine, and so if a URL you visit or search term you enter includes the name of an individual, this name would be collected by us).
There are hundreds of adware-type applications (including, for example, CutThePrice, DealDay, Sale Clipper, and PriceFountain) that offer identical features - saving time and money by enabling coupons and comparison shopping. These apps claim to enable useful features to give the impression of legitimate and useful software, and yet, none provide any real value to the user.
PriceChomper, and other adware, is designed to use the 'Pay Per Click' (PPC) advertising model to display ads - when users click the ads, developers receive certain payments. Furthermore, the collected data is sold to third parties - another way to generate revenue. PriceChomper provides no significant value for users - its purpose is solely to generate revenue for developers.
How did PriceChomper install on my computer?
Although PriceChomper has an official download website, it is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party apps together with regular software.
Most of users do not express enough caution, skipping most of the download/installation steps, thereby making the bundling method extremely effective. Bogus applications such as PriceChomper are often hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, and therefore, skipping these steps risks inadvertent installation of these apps without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Pay close attention when downloading and installing software (especially free software). If possible, select the direct download link when downloading from freeware download websites.
If you are forced to use a download manager, closely analyze each step of the procedure and opt-out of any third party software included. Applications should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
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- What is PriceChomper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PriceChomper application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PriceChomper adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PriceChomper ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by PriceChomper' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PriceChomper adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PriceChomper 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 "PriceChomper", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes PriceChomper ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PriceChomper adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, PriceChomper did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricechomper 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricechomper 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with pricechomper 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 pricechomper 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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