How to remove MarketCompare (Virus Removal Guide)

MarketCompare (also known as MarketCompare virus, Market Compare) is adware and a potentially unwanted program that can causes issues for computer and internet users. MarketCompare is an advertisement injector so if this program is installed it will inject the webpages you visit with deceptive advertisements.

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One of the biggest concerns with this advertisement injector is that it injects’targeted’ advertisements onto the webpages you visit. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data such as all browsing activities, bookmarks, and browser history. This information is used by the adware to generate advertisements it feels users are likely to click on based off of their current and past browsing experiences.

Furthermore, potential MarketCompare malware bundles with and can come packed inside additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

MarketCompare adware and the  programs that it bundles with also schedule new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time Windows starts and remain enabled. Programs and browser attachments that bundle with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements including browser redirects and a loss in computer and internet functionality.

MarketCompare adware is usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the adware can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.

Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install MarketCompare adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline MarketCompare adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline MarketCompare from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

How to remove MarketCompare

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Step 1: Remove MarketCompare extensions


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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the MarketCompare extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the MarketCompare add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the MarketCompare extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall MarketCompare malware from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for MarketCompare and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove MarketCompare virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full edition of this program enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is only a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the Scan Now button or go to the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of files it has detected. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full edition of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential MarketCompare malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.