Remove “Ads by Couponi” From Chrome/Firefox

Are you bombarded by Ads by Couponi? We can show you how to remove Ads by Couponi with our comprehensive guide, designed to work with all versions of Windows.

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TO ALL READERS: PLEASE READ THIS! If you are reading these sentences, you have identified you are infected by a virus – what you don’t know, however, is that this particular virus class (adware) is famously known for using pop ups to trick uses into installing more of their kind you would later have to remove. Since Ads by Couponi is is practically someone’s idea of a marketing campaign, this makes sense if you think about it. You are forcefully made to visit certain websites and the people who make you visit them want you to never stop receiving the ads. But they realize you will want to remove Ads by Couponi… So they program it to trick you into installing more of its kind. Procreation. However, the good thing about this, is that adware definitely are NOT sophisticated enough to do anything without permission from you: that’s why they resort to these lies. In that train of thought, the only thing you really need to do is ignore all messages and pleads, and you should be fine until you remove the pest.

The most frequently seen fakes are:

  1. Fake updates for programs the like of Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader and many more. The virus scans your PC the moment it lands on it, so it can potentially imitate a wide array of popular programs you may or may not have. Winamp for example is one such program. Ads by Couponi can be very resourceful so be extra careful.
  2. Another fake is potentially malicious updates for Windows or for anti-virus programs. These are practically the most dangerous of all fakes, since they hit right at the weak spot of any security: the human. Most users trust completely their anti-virus program and windows updates, so they wouldn’t think twice about accepting something from them.
  3. The third and most prominent fake are the redirects that await you if you mistakenly click on the advertisements. Most of the time you still alnd on the promised products, but about 30% of the cases, new tabs will open with so-called phishing websites – websites dedicated to the sole reason of making you have to deal with more software like Ads by Couponi. These websites are triggered to start downloading a .exe file in a matter of 20-30 seconds. You should reacts quick and preemptively close them. If you fail to stop the download a setup will start installing viruses and in the end you’ll have to remove Ads by Couponi or something even worse.

ATTENTION! Be aware that all of your Accounts and Passwords are exposed – Ads by Couponi starts tracking them and later (unknown how long) it sends the information it gathered to the people who created it.

 

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STEP 1:

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.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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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 Couponi 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 Couponi . 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 Couponi  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
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 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, 7,  8,  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 Couponi 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, 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.

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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:

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREGoogleChromeExtensions

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STEP 6 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Couponi. 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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