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- Warnings about an outdated program that you should update immediately.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.
How to Remove Ads by Choosecoupon
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows 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 window of 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 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by Choosecoupon has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Choosecoupon . 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 Choosecoupon 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.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Choosecoupon 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:
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.
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.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
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
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Choosecoupon. 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, you can check it out here.