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Remove PriceFountain(.)com Ads Totally from Your Computer

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PriceFountain(.)com is the website of an advertisement platform. The PriceFountain service has software which is considered adware due to the distribution of adverts and redirects to other websites. These websites might gain revenue with generated Web traffic from the advertising service. To remove all advertisements from your browser applications, you should read the article carefully.

Threat Summary

NamePriceFountain(.)com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe site generates advertisements on different websites and profits from that.
SymptomsYou could see advertisements in your browsers, such as pop-ups, message boxes, in-text links or other ones.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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PriceFountain(.)com – How Is It Spread?

PriceFountain(.)com is spread with various third-party installations. Without your knowledge, you could get the adware to be active on your PC, through a bundle package or a freeware installation. Install setups could add extra components for an installation, by default. Preventing that from occurring is possible when you find Custom or Advanced settings. From there you should be able to deselect components.

PriceFountain(.)com can be spread from visiting suspicious websites or ones with a low reputation and generating redirects. Clicking on advertisements, like banners or pop-ups could be another way for it to spread. These delivery ways are the general ones for this adware. Browsers which can be affected are the following: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

PriceFountain(.)com – What Does It Do?

PriceFountain(.)com is the official web domain for a marketing platform with the same name – PriceFountain. Its software is considered adware as its services spread a multitude of ads. On the picture below you can see how PriceFountain(.)com ads look like:

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Having any program which is related to PriceFountain(.)com, in your browser applications or on your computer machine, you are highly likely to witness a huge amount of advertisements. Redirects can land you on pages that are affiliated in a way to the adware, or to totally different ones, depending on how further you browse.

Adverts can display one of the following texts on them:

  • Ads by PriceFountain(.)com
  • Advertisement by PriceFountain(.)com
  • Ad by PriceFountain(.)com
  • Advert from PriceFountain(.)com
  • Powered by PriceFountain(.)com
  • Brought to you by PriceFountain(.)com

All redirects that can be generated from the PriceFountain platform are designed with some purpose. Usually, that purpose is that the accumulated web traffic can be monetized with the help of a pay-per-click scheme.

The advertisement content could be of different shape or form, but always with the effect of enhancing the growth of the platform. Adverts associated with PriceFountain(.)com can be viewed online as pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, banners, interstitial or transitional ads.

PriceFountain(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of PriceFountain(.)com can be seen in the picture below. The policy states that both personally and non-personally identifiable information is collected. PriceFountain(.)com can share such information with third parties. Targeted advertising content can be inside your browsers as you surf the Internet.

This is how the Privacy Policy of the site looks:

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The policy is written in a way that is not easy for the reader to view or skim through, so below you can do that with ease. Read this small, but important excerpt from the Privacy Policy about advertising:

We share your Non-Personal Information with third parties for the purpose of providing you with advertisements and offers we, or such third parties think you may be interested in.

Below you can view all types of information that is collected from you:

→Non-personal information

  • The activity of the User on PriceFountain
  • The type of operation system
  • User’s ‘click-stream’ on PriceFountain
  • User’s ‘click-stream’ on any e-commerce websites operated by third parties
  • Search queries and related searches on search engines
  • Your browser type
  • Your language and keyboard language
  • →Personal information

  • The User’s IP address or other persistent user identifier
  • Your geographical location
  • Any Personal Information provided voluntarily by the User via PriceFountain
  • Your e-mail address
  • →Cookie gathered information

  • Your session and anonymous globally unique identifier key
  • The date and time at which you have started using the application
  • Information about how you have downloaded PriceFountain
  • Information necessary to serve you different content
  • PriceFountain also uses functionality and analytics cookies. In the policy, there is a big chunk of text stating that you give your consent for the information collection, whether it is on the website, software or service of PriceFountain. If you do not approve of any information collecting, you should remove the marketing platform along with all of its files.

    Remove PriceFountain(.)com Effectively from Your PC

    To remove PriceFountain(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial provided down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of all adverts and redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such an application can help keep your computer safe in the future.

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    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    How to Remove PriceFountain(.)com from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PriceFountain(.)com

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    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

    1. Hold Windows key() + R


    2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


    3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
    Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


    4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


    5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


    Step 2: Uninstall PriceFountain(.)com and related software from Windows

    Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


    1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


    2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


    3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


    Step 3: Clean any registries, created by PriceFountain(.)com on your computer.

    The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

    You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by PriceFountain(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

    1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


    2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


    3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
    Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
    This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

    Step 4: Scan for PriceFountain(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


    It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


    2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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    3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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    4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Get rid of PriceFountain(.)com from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall PriceFountain(.)com and remove related files and objects

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    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


    1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


    2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


    3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to PriceFountain(.)com:

    Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


    4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


    5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to PriceFountain(.)com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


    6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to PriceFountain(.)com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


    7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

    • Go to Finder.
    • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
    • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
    • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

    In case you cannot remove PriceFountain(.)com via Step 1 above:

    In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

    Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

    1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

    2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

    3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as PriceFountain(.)com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

    You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

    → ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


    Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Remove PriceFountain(.)com from Google Chrome.


    Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


    Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


    Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


    Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Erase PriceFountain(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.

    Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


    Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


    Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


    Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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    Uninstall PriceFountain(.)com from Microsoft Edge.


    Step 1: Start Edge browser.


    Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


    Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


    Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


    Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Remove PriceFountain(.)com from Safari.


    Step 1: Start the Safari app.


    Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


    Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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    Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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    Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


    Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PriceFountain(.)com will be removed.


    How to Reset Safari
    IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

    Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

    Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Eliminate PriceFountain(.)com from Internet Explorer.


    Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


    Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


    Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


    Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


    Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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