Were you infected by a virus called Ads by CoupMania? We can help you remove Ads by CoupMania from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
Ads by CoupMania is a potentially unwanted program that could be classified as an Adware type of virus. It is characterized by creating a large quantity of advertisements (Ads) every time you start your browser or load a new page/tab in it. The Ads will not harm your computer in any way, but all sites and files they link to could be very dangerous.
Ads will not differentiate between legitimate sites that sell real goods and fakes that will only try to rip you off – the Ads created by Adware like Ads by CoupMania will advertise for anyone that pays them. Fake sites can be almost impossible to spot too – they often steal the design of other, well known and popular sellers and may even use very similar URLs in an effort to confuse them. For these reasons it is unwise to trust the Ads with your money.
Additionally the Ads will often try to make you download different files. These could be free programs (often anti-virus programs), but can also be other utilities like missing plug-ins, codecs, video players or optimization programs. Please remember that all of these will almost certainly contain a virus or at the very least will try to steal your money in some way. Ads by CoupMania has been also known to generate fake messages about problems with your computer in order to scare you into downloading the above mentioned programs. It is NEVER a good idea to install programs of your computer that were downloaded from random sources like Ads by CoupMania. If you feel like your computer has a problem that needs addressing look up for the solution on the internet like you did by finding this guide.
Remove Ads by CoupMania
Important! Multiple versions of the same virus can exist. If any step of this removal guide yields no results double check if you’ve done everything right. If that is so then you should skip the current step, because your version of Ads by CoupMania does not require it. We’ve included all potentially necessary steps, but for the above mentioned reason they may not be applicable for everyone.
Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by CoupMania is capable of infecting ALL of your internet browsers. If you are using multiple browsers then you have to re-run Step 2 and Step 3 for each and every one of them – otherwise the virus will regenerate itself from any copy that is not removed.
Remember that once you start the removal process, Ads by CoupMania may load whatever defense mechanism the virus creator has seen fit to put up for it. These can vary between scary messages about damage to your computer, offers to download a removal program to do it for you, or even replacement programs with functionality similar to Ads by CoupMania. Follow the removal guide and carefully read any messages spawned by Ads by CoupMania. You’ll likely have to click No on anything that pops up, but pay attention to reversed wording and tricky questions.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by CoupMania . Remove it by pressing Disable.
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 CoupMania 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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by CoupMania 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:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what hosts file looks like:
If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
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. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
Be very careful what you are doing here!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, because there are no two computers alike and processes will vary between every single users, so be extremely careful. Anything you perform in the following few steps can damage your computer if you do not perform it in the right way. Deleting files related to the process that needs them is the best way to shut down the virus, but if it happens that you make a mistake and do it to a legitimate program you may suffer system instability, crashes and data loss. Such errors are incredibly hard to repair. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by CoupMania remover.
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.
Warning! The processes for some viruses may look very similar to processes used by Windows. Deleting Windows files will lead to catastrophic results.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “unknown” as Manufacturer.
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
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STEP 6 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.