My windows 8.1 laptop started having tons of pop-ups titled with “Ads by SalesPrize” and I don’t know how to get rid of them. I went to control panel to check all programs installed, but I didn’t see any one associated with SalesPrize. I also ran Mcafee to scan my PC for 3 hours or so, but it detected nothing. The problem is really annoying and it happens with every website I go to (I use chrome). I’ve tried Firefox as well and it worked good. How do I remove those ads and fix the problem permanently?
Ads by SalesPrize is caused by an adware named SalesPrize that can install on a computer without any permission and it has become one of the most frustrating things to a computer user. Although the pop-up is not harmful as other computer viruses, it can be very annoying and could probably redirect computer users to website they don’t really want all the time. Most of time, SalesPrize adware enters a computer bundled with free applications downloaded from unverified sources. As soon as it is installed, it hijacks all kinds of web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or even Safari. Whenever you go online, it may present its numerous advertisements as boxes filled with coupons, pop-ups, sound or video advertisements and similar contents. You will see crazy ads titled with “Ads by SalesPrize”,””Powered by SalesPrize” or “Brought by SalesPrize” everywhere that interrupts your browsing activities notably.
Although the ads may seem to be attractive and it usually appears on e-commerce websites, such as eBay or Amazon, offering you some particular goods at a very appealing price rate, it is not a good choice to click on it because those offers displayed are usually fake. This is just a wise trick to win your attention and make you click on one of those advertisements and then redirect you to its corrupted website. These websites or ads are designed to generate revenue for the criminals. The only goal of such adware is to use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments. If you do click on any advertisement displayed by SalesPrize, your computer may get infected with other viruses at the same time. Besides, your homepage, startup page, or search engine may get changed to a site you don’t recognize and your computer performance will be poor because of this adware. All in all, Since SalesPrize ads virus causes a lot of inconveniences and also poses a privacy risk by harvesting data on personal browsing preferences, it must be immediately removed from the PC without any hesitation.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like “Ads by SalesPrize” Pop-up may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
Considering this malware can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1”
“Ads by SalesPrize” (as known as SalesPrize Ads) is a browser add-on that can change browser setting as soon as it is installed and affect the proper functioning on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. The program says it can help users find the best deals from e-commerce stores and allow them to compare prices of the goods they are interested in, or get the best deals and promotions from different online stores, but the statement is not true. This adware cannot provide any available or helpful services, instead it just can bring troubles for computer users. The real goal of this software is to generate traffic for various commercial websites. It presents you with pop-ups, banners and ad boxes loaded with exclusive offers, commercials, and discounts everywhere whenever you browse Internet. With no doubt, your online activities will be fully interrupted. Ads by SalesPrize” are usually misleading and annoying, therefore we suggest computer users manually remove this adware as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of the computer.
Published by & last updated on April 10, 2015 7:03 am