You have been infected by “Ads by CouponGiant” ? This article includes Ads by CouponGiant removal instructions, designed specifically for all versions of Windows.
NOTICE! We recognize that viruses change – they have different versions – so if something doesn’t work properly, or if the removal guide outright fails to solve your problem, do not hesitate to leave a comment and we will help you manually. Apart from the instructions below, the rest of this article is dedicated to helping you understand how Ads by CouponGiant and other viruses of its type operate. Since this is the most common kind of malware, we figured that we can help you avoid ever getting stuck in such a situation. To do that we will list all useful facts we could think of. First of all, it’s very important to understand that these things are designed to trick you. The reason they do it is because in all earnestness, they are are only a crude promotional tool that forces you to visit certain websites. However, since whoever creates them knows you will do everything you can to remove Ads by CouponGiant, they made a side-function to the virus – to manipulate you into installing more of its kind. That’s what we mean by tricks. These can be in the form of:
Fake banners around the pages that say you are missing plugins, and need to click there to install them…
Fake messages impersonating useful and legitimate programs and features like Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, or even Windows itself. The messages will prompt you to install non-existing updates, and can be practically indiscernible from the real thing.
Imitations of universally acclaimed anti-virus programs like Kaspersky and Norton. The real danger here is that most users go on “autopilot” whenever their anti-virus program asks for something. They just accept to matter what. This is what the creators of Ads by CouponGiant are banking on, so know that any asks for permission to renew database or perform a system check-up are fake.
Redirects whenever you click on the advertisements – there’s a 30% chance this might occur. When it happens you will land on web pages that have nothing to do with the products you were viewing. Make sure to exit the at once – they contain malware much worse than what you’re dealing with right now – ransomware. The pages will start automatically downloading an installer in a matter of seconds; if this happens cancel the .exe immediately. If you fail to do this, a setup will autorun when it finishes. If THIS happens, open the task manager and stop the associated process. Trying to cancel from withing will result in nothing.
WARNING! Aside from these things, you should know that when Ads by CouponGiant was installed, it started tracking your browsing history, behavior, accounts and passwords. We recommend changing your passwords the moment you delete it from your system – especially ones connected to any credit cards.
How to Remove Ads by CouponGiant
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 CouponGiant 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 CouponGiant . 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 CouponGiant 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 CouponGiant 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