Ads by Cooking up Coupons Overview
TO ALL READERS! Ads by Cooking up Coupons is part of a malware wave that hit the web in 2015. What makes this wave different from past viruses is its ability to write down any user names and passwords that these things come across, then about a week later send it to whoever created them. So, refrain from using any of your accounts for the time being. Ads by Cooking up Coupons can only take this information because it follows your browsing accounts, so if you do not visit the accounts, they should be safe.
There are other very important things to note however. And that is the fact that Ads by Cooking up Coupons will try to manipulate you into either installing more adware (the name of its type, stemming from “ad” and “malware”) or ransomware, which is a type that locks up your files and asks for a sum of money to release them. The only good thing here is that Ads by Cooking up Coupons’s behavior is very easy to predict, meaning that we know exactly how it will try to achieve its ends. Writing down the most typical tricks it uses should, at least in theory, make you much harder to manipulate. But just in case, simply remember: DO NOT AGREE TO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU REMOVE Ads by Cooking up Coupons. Its usual strategies are:
- Redirecting you to different websites whenever you mistakenly click on the ads. For obvious reasons this is extremely bad: these websites, which don’t even have a clear relation to the ads, are completely filled with adware and other viruses. Avoid them at all costs, or if you can not, exit them immediately.
- Some corrupted banners will appear around web pages, trying to get you to install missing plugins.
- An anti-virus program that is Ads by Cooking up Coupons in disguise will attempt to make you scan for potential threats.
How to Avoid Ads by Cooking up Coupons (And Other Malware)
There are variety of ways viruses can get to you, but two definitely stand out, and these are both related to programs – either fake programs, or free ones. IN the first instance, we have what’s called a “shell” software, meaning an .exe file that is misleadingly named after a popular search term, a book, a movie, a torrent. People search on google and supposedly find what they’re looking for, simply to download and run a setup file that installs the virus. These are easy to spot in reality – simply look if it’s an application or not.
The second way is through real, free programs. Since the people who create them have to somehow make money, they add viruses and receive compensation from the creators for that. You can easily discern the infected programs by monitoring the installation process. At some point you should see something like this, except in this case it would be names Ads by Cooking up Coupons:
How to Remove Ads by Cooking up Coupons
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 Cooking up Coupons 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 Cooking up Coupons . 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 Cooking up Coupons 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 Cooking up Coupons 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 after you supposedly removed it, 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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Cooking up Coupons. 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.