This article includes detailed instructions how to remove Ads by Couponing, and any other files related to Couponing Ads. However should the guide fail to help you, do not hesitate to contact us in the comments section.
Ads by Couponing is an adware – the least dangerous virus type. But adwares they may open the door for other, more potent threats and should be removed as fast as possible. Our article’s removal guide will be up to the task, but don’t rush to it just yet. It is of equal importance to understand how Ads by Couponing got into your machine in the first place and what steps you can take to defend your computer against viruses like Ads by Couponing in the future.
Ads by Couponing – how it works, what to be aware of
As far as Adwares go Ads by Couponing is a pretty typical specimen. That is it will tirelessly spam your browser with ads until it is removed, but will do little else. This is good news, as the ads themselves are annoying, but harmless. The real danger is hiding under the surface – any interaction with the ads can possibly lead to the installation of more viruses on your computer.
For this reason ads MUST be ignored – closing their windows is preferable since those drain system resources, but in no case should you try following the hyperlinks. There is nothing real anyway – and if ever tried to buy anything you’d be throwing money away. You will either get nothing, a file containing a virus or a cracked and worthless copy of the real product the fake site was imitating.
There may be Ads that try to pose as something different, possibly system information
If you don’t go for the traditional ads made by Ads by Couponing then the virus creator might try to fool you in another way – buy making you believe there is a problem with your system. Watch out for messages like:
- You have a missing plug-in or codec pack from your machine that is preventing you from seeing something in a pop-up or banner. The virus kindly offers to download and install it for you.
- One of your important programs is outdated and poses a security risk. An update is available and should be installed immediately.
- There is a large number of issues with the registry of your computer. If you download this “free” utility fixer you can resolve them.
There is a problem all-right, but that problem’s name is Ads by Couponing and the fact that every file downloaded will be a virus.
Program bundles are often used to spread adware
Many program creators like to include additional free or demo programs to the installer of their product. This is all good intentional advertisement, but unfortunately is often exploited by Adware. Especially if the main program at hand is a free one. For this reason it is wiser to avoid the default installation and go with the advanced option. With it you get to see exactly what is getting installed and can deny access for all extras that you don’t need. You will ALWAYS be able to install the main program, no matter how confusing the wording tries to be in the effort to convince you otherwise.
How to Remove Ads by Couponing
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 Couponing 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 Couponing . 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 Couponing 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 Couponing 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 Couponing. 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.