PriceChomper Adware

Also Known As: PriceChomper ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

PriceChomper removal instructions

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 adware

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. The Privacy Policy of this adware states that it does not collect personally identifiable information, however, details such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, and other collected data may indeed contain personally identifiable data (for example, bank or PayPal account login/passwords). 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, CutThePriceDealDaySale 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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Quick menu:

PriceChomper 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.

PriceChomper adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing PriceChomper 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing PriceChomper ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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 PriceChomper  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing PriceChomper ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pricechomper ads, 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 PriceChomper 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing PriceChomper ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 pricechomper ads, 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 pricechomper ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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i only have few words about this pricechomper adware. VERY ANNOYING. u can't even imagine how mad these ads were. thanks for guide, im so happy right now. thank u!! thank u!! thank uuu!!!

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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