PricEchOp 3.9 is the latest variant of this adware. It's a program that typically installs a component onto your PC - usually without you having given it the go ahead. This component displays adverts that have normally been customized to show you products or services that scammers thinks you will be interested in (and therefore, far more likely to spend money). But how on earth would scammers know what ads to show you? And why after searching for holidays in Jamaica do you suddenly start seeing pop-up windows advertising hotels and flights in that part of the world? Is this adware a mind reader or is there something more to it?
While some adware is rather more generic, you will notice that a lot of it seems to know exactly what sort of websites you've been looking at. This is because PriceChop and other similar adware programs track the websites you visit and monitor your Internet browsing habits. The data is relayed back to a scammer who can then show you advertisements that you are more likely to click on.
It might sound all very useful but in fact this form of monitoring your user habits sits uncomfortably with many people. Compounding the unsettling feeling that someone is watching your every move – even if you're only looking at new garden furniture or how to cook the perfect risotto – is the fact that in a lot of cases PriceChop is bundled with spyware.
Spyware is another form of malware which, like adware, monitors and records your online movements. However spyware often has a more sinister game in mind. Spyware often contains something called a keylogger. This notes which keys you are hitting, thus recording your personal conversations and correspondence as well as your passwords, log in details and credit card information. BUT PriceChop cannot steal your passwords or any other valuable information. It tracks your browsing history, search queries and other data related to your browsing habits. The worst part is that associated Price Chop browser extensions are very persistent and even if you manually remove them, they come back once you restart your web browser. What is more, this adware creates a few processes that run in the background and may download additional malware onto your computer.
Less innocuous adware programs take a more aggressive approach than simply trying to point you in the direction of cheap flights to the Caribbean.
Adware can hijack your home page or browser, redirecting you to websites you don't want to visit – these may be of an X rated or illegal nature
Adware can cause problems with other programs installed on your computer – this can compromise your security
Adware has a negative effect on your operating system, slowing down your computer's processor and your Internet connection
How to remove PriceChop? Getting rid of legitimate adware is easy – you should just be able to uninstall the program that it came with. However the more malicious form of adware like PriceChop can be a real pain. If uninstalling the program doesn't work, please follow the the steps in the removal guide below. You will have to run your anti-virus or anti-malware. Restart your computer and run the scan again twice to be sure – some malware can be tough to delete, but a good program should find and delete anything nasty.
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
PriceChop 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 PriceChop 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 Remove. 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 PriceChop related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove PriceChop, PriceoChop, 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.
Remove PriceChop related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove PriceChop, PriceoChop, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove PriceChop 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.