You have been infected by “Ads by by Coupon Titan” ? This article includes Ads by Coupon Titan removal instructions, designed specifically for all versions of Windows.
Ads by Coupon Titan is an Adware type virus that will keep pestering you with until it is properly deleted. This means locating every piece of the virus and deleting it. If you need help with that you should check out our removal guide. You should definitely consider reading the whole article in full though. It will give you useful insights on how viruses like Ads by Coupon Titan work and what methods they use to infect computers. You will have a much easier time protecting your computer in the future armed with this knowledge.
Ads are never to be trusted
Specialist consider Adware (like Ads by Coupon Titan) to be the least dangerous virus type – chiefly because the Ads pose no real danger to your computer. This can dramatically change if you interact with them or worse – download and install anything.
REMEMBER! Never download and install files you got from random Ads you saw on the internet. Any file you received like that can be potentially a very dangerous virus. If you ever see anything in an Ad that grabs your attention then you should search for that thing on Google and buy/download it from the official site. You never know if an Ad is legitimate or is infected and will land you with a virus file.
Some Ads may take on a disguise and pose as system messages
As many people have become jaded and mistrusting with Ads over the years developer of viruses sometime to try masquerade Ads as a message related to the functions of your computer. The goal is to confuse and scare you into believing you have a non-existing problem, then offer a solution – the actual virus. We’ve listed several examples of this scheme below:
- Fake browser pages or empty pop-ups and banners that produce an error message. It claims that you need some codec/missing plug-in/video player installed before they will show hidden content.
- You have an outdated program that is causing system vulnerability. The virus offers you to download the update.
- You have some critical issues affecting your system – registry errors are often used here. You are offered a free program that can fix it.
- An automated scanner has detected a number of Trojans or other viruses in your computer. You have to download the full free program to remove them.
The pattern should be obvious. Unfortunately this trick works so often and so well that it has become very popular with virus developers. You may see it in many other locations other than Ads by Coupon Titan. Noticing any of these ads or similar in a site is a clear indication you are threading dangerous waters. Absolutely avoid buying, downloading or installing anything from such a site. Not only it will rip you off for a non-existing problem, but also install another virus on your PC.
How to Remove Ads by Coupon Titan
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:
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 Titan 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 Titan . 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 Titan 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 Coupon Titan 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 Coupon Titan. 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.