Beating the PricePeep Pest

PricePeep is an adware program that displays coupons, advertisements and sponsored links in a pop-up box when you browse shopping sites such as eBay, Amazon, and so on.

In addition, when you search sites such as Facebook, Best Buy or Expedia, PricePeep’s popup box will show keyword suggestions (which display ads when clicked), as well as ads and sponsored links.

There are two ways in which PricePeep can get into your computer. Firstly, you can go to the getpricepeep website, be seduced by the spiel, and download it voluntarily.

Secondly, it can arrive bundled with other software when you download and install freeware such as 1ClickDownload, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom, and other programs.

What PricePeep does

The program is installed as an extension for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Once installed, when you visit a shopping or search site PricePeep automatically searches thousands of online stores to find the most up-to-date information and prices.

The publishers claim that it is the ‘perfect shopping companion for you’ and that it saves you time and money online. Indeed, the program may save you time and money-at the cost of a ton of irritation-by getting you a great deal. But it could also be doing a lot more in the background.

PricePeep is likely to slow down your computer’s operations significantly. But the real danger with this program is with the advertisements.

The ads are third party ads and it is impossible to know if ads, designed to bring you to a malicious sites, are being sent by Internet rogues.

Another problem with PricePeep is cookies. According to PricePeep’s privacy policy, and in their own words:

When you visit a web store by clicking on a link provided by PricePeep you may be redirected through an affiliate network’s site to the merchant’s website, at which time a third party cookie may be placed in your browser.

These third-party cookies are high risk. They could be used to track your online activity, collect usernames and passwords, and to make the sharing of this data much easier.

Thus it is imperative that you get rid of PricePeep.

Deleting PricePeep

Getting rid of the program is pretty easy as the PricePeep appears in your program files. The exact steps, however, vary slightly depending on which Windows operating system you are using.

In Windows XP, click on Start and then click on Control Panel. Click on Add or Remove Programs and look for the PricePeep program. Select it and click Remove.

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click on Start and then click on Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program and look for the PricePeep program. Right click on it and then click Uninstall.

In Windows 8, right-click on the Metro UI start screen. Click on All apps. Then click on Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program and look for PricePeep. Right click on it and then click Uninstall.

Once you have deleted PricePeep, you need to remove the residual damage from your browser.

Deleting PricePeep extensions

Removing the browser extension varies depending on which browser you are using.

For Internet Explorer, open the browser and click on the gear icon (or click Tools if you are using Windows XP). Select Manage add-ons. From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select the Price Peepplugin, and click Disable.

For Mozilla Firefox, open the browser and then click on the Open menu button at the top far right. Click the Add-ons icon in the drop-down menu that appears. Select Extensions. Remove the PricePeep extension by clicking on the remove button next to it.

For Google Chrome, click the Chrome menu button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions. In the Extensions tab, remove the PricePeep extension by clicking on the Recycle Bin next to the plugin.

Once you have deleted the extensions, you need to clean up your computer’s registry.

Removing PricePeep registry keys

There are two ways in which you can remove registry keys relating to PricePeep.

The first is to install a well-know registry cleaner such as the free-to-download jv16 Power Tools and use it to get rid of all registry keys that are safe to remove. Just follow the simple instructions.

The second way is to remove the unwanted registry keys manually. The unwanted keys are:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesAppIDPricePeep.DLL
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesPricePeep.PricePeepBho
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesPricePeep.PricePeepBhoCLSID
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{FD6D90C0-E6EE-4BC6-B9F7-9ED319698007}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREGoogleChromeExtensionslicjnkifamhpbaefhdpacpmihicfbomb
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallPricePeep

To remove these, go to Start and choose Run… . In the Run command dialogue box that opens, type regedit.exe and click OK. The registry editor will open. You can now search for and delete the offending registry entries.

The first option is obviously the easiest.

Scan for malware

Once you have cleaned up your registry, the only thing left to do is a just-in-case scan of your computer to ensure that no malware has sneaked in with PricePeep.

Use the scan facilities provided by your anti-virus software or download the latest version of Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

And that’s it. Beating the PricePeep pest is quite easy.