This article contains a complete removal guide for Ads by Choosecoupon – a virus of the adware class. Should the instructions not work for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact us in the comments. We will do everything we can to assist you.
Adware likes to exploit the human factor.
Writing a virus that targets some system vulnerability is rather hard and any system administrator out there will tell you it’s much easier to target the person using the computer. Thus most viruses that you are likely to encounter will try to trick you and not the coding. Ads by Choosecoupon does this, and it’s definitely not unique in this – check out our Remove Ads by AntiAdBlocker article for example
Adwares will lie, masquerade as different programs or try to enter unnoticed as part of another installation. Learning exactly what tricks they use to achieve that is one of the pest defenses a user can have against viruses. Ads by Choosecoupon is no different – before i came to being into your computer it asked nicely to come in and you had no idea what exactly were you installing.
Do not click on the ads.
You probably know this already, but it’s important – DO NOT click on the ads – nothing good will come out of this. Ads made by adware like Ads by Choosecoupon are harmless on their own, the dangerous things are hiding behind them. The ads lead to fake sites that copy legitimate sellers, if you pay for something you will either receive no product, but a virus OR a cracked and useless copy of the item you wanted to purchase. Or maybe someone will just rip off your credit card number and rob you from some lawless foreign country.
Things that may not look like ads, but they are:
Ads by Choosecoupon may generate ads that try to look as system maintenance warnings. Examples:
- Pop-up with error message that says you should install a missing plug-in.
- Warnings about an outdated program that you should update immediately.
- Messages that your computer has problems with the registry or a virus and you need to download a scanner/utility program to fix it.
Any file downloaded in this matter will be a virus. If you have suspicious that you do indeed need an update or a program you should look it up in Google and download it from the official site.
Program bundles can be a nasty backdoor.
Software developers like to add extra programs and utilities to the installer of their product – usually free and for promotional purposes. Less savory programs or programs downloaded from infected mirror sites will replace those extra programs with Adware. For this reason it is recommended to eschew the default installation and always go advanced. It gives you knowledge and control of what exactly is getting installed on your machine and you can forbid access to the extras you don’t need or seem suspicious.
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Remove Ads by Choosecoupon
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