Were you infected by Ads by Coupon Giant? We can show you how to remove Ads by Coupon Giant from your system completely.
Adware viruses are the most numerous viruses in existence and Ads by Coupon Giant belongs to the Adware family. It is characterize by a large amount of unwanted advertisements that pop every time you open a new page in your browser or start it. It is also possible for the virus to convert random words in any text you read into hyperlinks. On rare occasion it has been also known to temper with your default search engine or install suspicious toolbar.
Before we proceed with the removal, however, we have to discuss the virus in some detail. This is important, because all kinds of viruses use similar methods to get into your computer. We’ll be talking about Ads by Coupon Giant in particular, but remember that the same tricks could be used by any other virus in existence.
A non-exhaustive list of commonly used methods
The first trick is actually very popular with Adware viruses in particular. It involved the so called program bundles. These are installers for programs, which can install more then one program when they are ran. The additional programs are usually supposed to be demos or trials of other programs created by the developer or his partners. Unfortunately in some cases inside could be hiding an Adware. The chance is much higher if you are dealing with an installer for a free program. All of this is a very good reason to always skip the default installation option and try the advanced one. It gives both knowledge AND control over what exactly will be installed and you can remove the access for all extras you don’t really need.
Another fairly common method are the Adwares themselves. Whenever any Ad offers you a file to download there is a very high chance that the file will be contaminated by a virus. In fact this methods is very common with the more dangerous viruses like Ransomwares and Trojans. This is one of the main reasons why you should never click on the Ads and download anything directly offered or through a hyperlinked site.
There are also the torrent and storage sites on the internet. All such sites are potentially very dangerous. First you will usually be presented with a multitude of “download” buttons and no more then one of them will be real. If you select one of the fakes then you will be offered with a download windows. The file offered might carry the name of the file you requested in the search query, but the file extension will be .exe and what is inside will be a virus.
One golden rule
Virus file will almost always be contained withing executable files. That’s why downloading such files from random locations is unwise. If you want to have something installed on your computer the proper course of action is to search for the official site on google and grab the file from there. That’s how you can be completely sure the .exe file you received is virus free.
Remove Ads by Coupon Giant
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.
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 Coupon Giant 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 Coupon Giant . 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 Coupon Giant 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, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Coupon Giant 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. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
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 Coupon Giant. 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.