As you probably already know, adware is a type of computer program that has been designed to display adverts on your PC. When clicked upon, these advertisements will then send you to the websites they are promoting, as well as collect data about you - in particular about the sort of websites that you visit so that the creators of the ads can then ensure that adverts which are tailored to your interests or search queries can be displayed.
However, before you start to panic, it is important to establish the difference between adware and spyware. The difference is that adware like Price Chopper is collecting data with your permission whereas spyware is not. A reputable, or legitimate, adware program will inform you that it is collecting information about your browsing habits - and if it doesn't then it falls into the 'malware' - or malicious software - category. Certain installers, that install Price Chopper do not provide full information what programs are being installed. In such case, this adware installed without user's permission.
It's fairly easy to tell if you are being targeted by Price Chopper, after all the ads are usually not so subtle and you will probably notice that if you've searched for, let's say, hotels in Australia, you will start seeing adverts for cheap flights to Sydney and so forth. However, apart from this you will probably not be any the wiser that you have adware on your computer as it normally doesn't announce its presence. For example, there will probably not be any sign of the Price Chopper on your PC's system or in its menu and nothing to indicate that the program has installed the data collecting function on your machine.
How does Price Chopper get onto my computer?
Generally speaking there are two ways that this adware installs itself. One is by freeware or shareware as adware is often bundled with freebie programs as this is a legitimate way of generating advertising revenue which enables creators of shareware to develop and distribute it for free.
The other way is if you've paid a visit to an infected website which will exploit any weakness in your browser to enable it to install adware on your PC - without your approval. You may come across the term 'browser hijackers' to describe adware that works in this way.
How do I protect my PC from Price Chopper and how do I get rid of it?
A large number of shareware and freeware programs are only programmed to display adverts while you're using their free or trial version. After a certain amount of usage or period of time after installation you'll be asked to pay to upgrade to the full version or register it. Once you've done so the adverts will stop appearing, however if you can feel you can live with the ads then it might not be worth doing this. Plus even if you do upgrade, some adware has already installed its components on your machine and even paying to use them won't eliminate the ads. Other programs will cease to work properly if and when you've uninstalled the Price Chopper adware component.
In short, protect yourself by being very careful what you download and which websites you visit and install a well known anti-malware which will help detect and guard against threats.
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Price Chopper Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Price Chopper related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Uninstall. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Price Chopper related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove PriceChop, Price Chopper, YouTUbeAdBlocke, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
3. Go to C:\Users\YourName]\Appdata\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\ directory and delete Preferences file. Restart Chrome.
Remove Price Chopper related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Price Chopper, PriceoChop, YouTUbeAdBlocke, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Price Chopper related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.