This guide is dedicated to helping users remove Ads by FreezeThePrice from Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Safari completely, and is updated regularly as we uncover more information.
Ads by FreezeThePrice has been identified by security experts as a malware, its class – adware. This is the type of malicious software that is generally considered to be at the lowest steps of the proverbial virus ladder. Mainly considered to be more annoying than dangerous and just one step above a potentially unwanted program or PUP, this is true in most cases. We will try our best to explain the ways in which Ads by FreezeThePrice can move up the ladder and become a real threat to your computer’s security.
When dealing with adware you are sure to encounter lots of pop-up advertisements. While they are annoying you should be real careful not to get carried away and click on them, even when trying to close them down. We are going to elaborate further on this in our removal guide so please read carefully.
Who creates adware like Ads by FreezeThePrice and why?
The main reason for the creation of this type of malware is marketing of a certain website. I know, it doesn’t make much sense. But let us try to envision the whole process step by step:
- A website owner make the decision to promote his or hers website but doesn’t want to invest in conventional methods like Google ads, banners etc. Instead the owner contacts a malware creator and pays him or her to create an adware virus that will be redirecting unsuspecting users towards the website in question.
- Wait, is it really cheaper to pay for a virus than it is to promote via legit methods? It seems so.
- The malware creator creates the virus, it is usually not that hard because he will just use most of the code from a previous “client” and only make small adjustments corresponding to the target website of the new “client”.
- Viola, Ads by FreezeThePrice has been created and you and many more just like you have been infected. It is now your job to follow our guide and remove this pest from your computer.
Remove Ads by FreezeThePrice
We are almost ready to begin the removal process. Before we do so, please take a minute to read this. There are different versions of this virus, this is due to the fact that the creators of Ads by FreezeThePrice keep an eye on removal guides like ours and try to make our job tougher. They change their creations ever so slightly to make sure universal methods do not always work. But do not worry, with little adjustments our guide should be able to allow you to completely remove this virus from your system.
Make sure to carefully review each step of the process before you start following the instructions. If there is a step that does not seem similar to the problem you are experiencing just move on to the next one. Last but not least – if you have questions or need further advice on the subject at hand, feel free to leave a comment and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by FreezeThePrice . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by FreezeThePrice should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by FreezeThePrice and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what hosts file looks like:
If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
A BIG WARNING HERE!
Unfortunately for you this is the type of virus that has been reported to track your browser history, including your stored usernames and passwords. Obviously this is extremely dangerous and quickly turns this virus from plain annoying to disastrously dangerous. Your information is going to be stored in a file and send to the virus creator at some point in the future. When exactly cannot be said with certainty, you probably have days and not hours. You need to remove this threat quickly and remember to change all your passwords afterwards, especially the ones protecting payments accounts or other important private information!!!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 6 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.