If you’re reading this blog post, it means that you are seeing a large amount of annoying advertisements signed with PriceMinus or “Ads by PriceMinus” within your internet browser screen. All of these ads caused by adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), which is often installs on the computer with the free programs. You probably want to know how to remove this adware as well as remove PriceMinus pop-up ads. In the steps below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The malicious software from the ad supported software family that alters the settings of web browsers usually affects only the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software may change the Target property of a web-browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the web-browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the annoying PriceMinus ads.
Technically, the ‘ad supported’ software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of pop-up ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in the internet browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit dangerous web-sites. Moreover, the adware can download and install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it will replace your startpage with an unwanted web page.
So, obviously, you need to get rid of the adware as soon as possible. Use the free few simple steps below. This guide will help you clean your PC system and thereby get rid of the PriceMinus annoying pop-up ads.
How to PriceMinus pop-ups get installed onto system
Most commonly, the ad supported software is bundled within the installation packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free software is a a good chance that you will find some bundled ad supported software. If you do not know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During installation, select the Custom or Advanced install option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown software. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any programs or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted program on your computer like this ad-supported software which displays annoying PriceMinus ads within the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE.
How to manually remove PriceMinus pop-up ads
This useful removal guide for the PriceMinus adware. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove PriceMinus pop-up ads let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove PriceMinus pop-up ads from Firefox
- Get rid of PriceMinus ads from Chrome
- Remove Ads by PriceMinus adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the personal computer cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and remove all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free software. Remove the unwanted applications may delete the unwanted advertisements or web-browser redirect to unknown or annoying pages.
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Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date of installation in the Control panel.
Remove PriceMinus pop-up ads from Firefox
First, start the FF. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of PriceMinus ads from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s home page, newtab page and search provider by default that have been changed by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, press the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Ads by PriceMinus adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, run the IE, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as homepage and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and thereby remove the unwanted PriceMinus ads.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the adware is started, it can also alter the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the internet browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted ads.
To clear the web-browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your personal computer, it will display PriceMinus unwanted ads. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will show a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove PriceMinus pop-up ads with Malwarebytes
Remove Ads by PriceMinus adware manually is difficult and often the ad-supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal application. It can automatically detect and get rid of the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your PC system. Moreover, this free application will help you to remove web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your personal computer may be infected too. You can follow the steps below to get rid of the PriceMinus unwanted pop-up ads completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once setup is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press on the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware that displays PriceMinus ads. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
The following video explains the few simple steps above on how to get rid of ‘ad supported’ software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Stop PriceMinus ads and other annoying web-sites
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted ads and malicious pages, you need to use program that stops access to dangerous ads and sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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When the download is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block popup ads, ads by PriceMinus, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your system and delete PriceMinus ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal application is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge web-browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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After the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, press the “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software that open annoying PriceMinus advertisements.
When it has finished scanning, it will display a list of all items detected by this utility as shown below.
You need to press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your personal computer should be clean of the PriceMinus ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted advertisements and annoying dangerous web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and ad supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of PriceMinus ads from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.