You have been infected by Ads by PopShopCoupon? This article is dedicated to removing Ads by PopShopCoupon and all related files.
Ads by PopShopCoupon is a pop-up malware (or virus, whatever you prefer) that should be removed from your system before things get out of hand. While it presents itself as something that enhances your browsing experience, in reality this extensions offers little more than annoyance and outright unpleasantness. Hyperlinks appear on practically every page, together with advertisements and pop-ups that show you exactly what Ads by PopShopCoupon means by “enhancements” – making the time on your PC a living nightmare. If you have difficulties discerning this virus from the tons of other malware of that kind, the picture below should clarify if indeed this is what infiltrated your system.
My recommendation is that you remove this stain on your PC immediately, as Ads by PopShopCoupon will attempt to bring other viruses on your hard disk.
How was I infected by Ads by PopShopCoupon?
Generally there are several ways Ads by PopShopCoupon may come aboard. Going to unreputable and malicious site whose credibility can’t be guaranteed is one way. Or for example, through corrupted links or ads you click (streaming sites are a common way where such advertisements are displayed). Yet none is more common than the practice of bundling. If you recall heading (or being lured to) a freeware website, then that is a likely candidate for where you got Ads by PopShopCoupon.
The “why” in here can be very easy to answer. Freeware providers are publicly rumored to receive compensation to include malware in their bundles. Third parties create the adware for two specific reasons:
- To use you to make pay per click revenue.
- Or to promote their affiliate websites (again through you).
In both cases you are an unwilling accomplice to whoever created the likes of Ads by PopShopCoupon. My personal opinion is that from now on you should shy away from any free software you encounter. Not only is it rarely worth it, but you can also give yourself a ton of headaches if you’re not careful.
How Harmful is Ads by PopShopCoupon?
As I mentioned, by itself Ads by PopShopCoupon isn’t much of a threat – it’s the other malware it invites you should beware. The majority of them are also adware, but unfortunately some are more serious. It’s an unproven, but generally accepted rumor that some of the viruses Ads by PopShopCoupon likes to take, collect cookies and browsing information. If at some point one of these manages to take a hold of your passwords, then not only personal information, but also your bank accounts may be severely compromised.
WARNING! A big shoutout to all readers here. Adware are very well-known for continuously tracking browsing information, and gathering cookies, account names and passwords. The information is sent to whoever created the virus about a week after the gathering commences. Change the passwords to all accounts connected to your credit cards.
How to Remove Ads by PopShopCoupon
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 PopShopCoupon 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 PopShopCoupon . 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 PopShopCoupon 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 PopShopCoupon 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 PopShopCoupon. 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.