Price Tracking Pro

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 6,084
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 161
First Seen: March 14, 2023
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Price Tracking Pro browser extension was discovered by researchers while investigating deceptive websites. The extension claims to be a tool that helps with online shopping by tracking prices, seller ratings, and other related information. However, further analysis revealed that Price Tracking Pro operates as advertising-supported software (adware), displaying various types of ads to users.

The ads shown by Price Tracking Pro can be intrusive, covering up parts of the screen or appearing in pop-up windows. Some of the ads may also be misleading, leading users to click on them and redirecting them to other websites that may be unsafe. In addition, Price Tracking Pro may collect browsing data from users, including their search history and website visits, to display targeted ads.

Adware Like Price Tracking Pro May Contain Plethora of Invasive Capabilities

The placement of third-party graphical content, such as pop-ups, banners, overlays, surveys, and other ads on visited websites or different interfaces, is usually made possible by adware. While adware could promote legitimate products and services, its primary function is to generate revenue through intrusive and often deceptive advertisements.

These advertisements frequently deliver scams and unreliable or harmful software to users. In some cases, clicking on these ads may trigger scripts that execute downloads or installations without the user's permission.

The Price Tracking Pro browser extension claims to help users with their online shopping needs by tracking prices, seller ratings, and other related information. However, the analysis of the app has revealed that the extension operates as adware, potentially leading to security or privacy risks.

Additionally, Price Tracking Pro may request permission to display browser notifications, which could spam users with notifications promoting deceptive and hazardous content. The extension is also likely to have data-tracking abilities that can collect browsing and search engine histories, internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable information, credit card numbers, and more. The collected data can be sold to any interested third parties or otherwise abused for profit.

Bundling Is A Common Tactic Used For the Distribution of Adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs)

Bundling is a tactic used by software developers to distribute their programs along with other software. In the case of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and adware, developers bundle their unwanted programs with popular freeware or shareware applications that users are more likely to download and install.

When a user downloads and installs the bundled software, the PUP or adware program is also installed without the user's knowledge or consent. The bundled PUP or adware may not be explicitly mentioned during the installation process, or the user may be presented with confusing options that make it easy to miss the bundled software.

Bundling is an effective way for developers to distribute their unwanted programs because users may not realize they have installed them. Additionally, the bundling technique allows developers to earn money by including their PUP or adware in the software bundle. The developer earns a commission each time their program is installed, and they may also earn money by displaying unwanted ads to the user.

Bundling is a common tactic used by PUP and adware developers, and users should be cautious when installing software from unknown sources. It is recommended to read the installation prompts carefully and to uncheck any options that offer to install additional software.


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