Remove “Ads By CoupMeApp” virus

 

IMPORTANT! PLEASE START READING FROM HERE! Dear reader, it is understandable that you want to remove Ads By CoupMeApp from your computer as fast as possible. However, please take a few more minutes and invest them into reading this article in full. Its main goal is to inform people about how their computers got infected and how to prevent that in the future.

A simple overview of Ads By CoupMeApp

Ads By CoupMeApp belongs to the adware family of unwanted software and you are already familiar why. It generates a steady stream of unwanted advertisements on your browser. This ads may vary greatly, but it is one thing they all have in common – their purpose. They will either just waste your time, try to force you to pay money for some service or try to install malware on your computer. Therefore as the best course of action you should simply ignore them and close all windows related to them. If you have, by any chance, already clicked or downloaded anything DO NOT install it. Terminate the installation if necessary with the Task Manager and then delete the file. Here are some tricks Ads By CoupMeApp may use upon you.

  1. Offers for best/cheap deals
  2. Prompts to install updates for programs
  3. Request to download a missing plug-in
  4. Demand a certain video player to be installed in order to view anything

In fact these advertisements are mostly not even real – they are made up by Ads By CoupMeApp using the CPU of your computer. If you have been experiencing slowdowns and crashes then maybe you now know what to blame.

How did your PC end up infected by Ads By CoupMeApp?

There is one very important thing to know here – Adware typically tries to retain a semi-legal status of not being harmful to your computer (merely annoying to you). To do that it always installs only with the approval of the user. But since few people will willingly install Adware on their machines Adware developers employ all kinds of sneaky tactics – usually relying on camouflaging it as something else. Knowing these tricks is the most important weapon the user can have in the war to keep his PC clean.

  1. Adware likes Freeware – free programs go easy on your wallet and often get the job done. However, watch out for the “extras” that come in their installers. Whenever installing such a program always go for the advanced/expert installation as it allows you to see what exactly is getting installed and you can skip the suspicious bonus content.
  2. Fake torrent/download sites – these are very dangerous. Whenever you search for something these sites will copy your words and generate a temporary file with the exact same name – netting a perfect match in the search engine. This file is a virus. Don’t download files from unfamiliar sites and pay attention to the file extension. Viruses will be .exe files OR an archive with .exe inside.

How to Remove Ads By CoupMeApp

STEP 1:

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.

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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.

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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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.

STEP 2:

  Ads By CoupMeApp has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Ads By CoupMeApp . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Ads By CoupMeApp  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

STEP 3:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads By CoupMeApp 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 Uninstallchoose NO:

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STEP 4:

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.

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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.

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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 CoupMeApp. 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.

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