Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus From Chrome/Firefox

This article was created to serve users in removing Ads by StartCoup – an adware virus- from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus

Ads by StartCoup Virus is a potentially unwanted program, whose behavior is suspiciously similar to an Adware virus. If you are reading this article then you’ve correctly decided to remove it, because the Ads it spawns are not only annoying, but can also be dangerous to your PC. These Ads could be advertising anything, but it’s more likely they will try to sell you something that might interest you based on what the virus read your browsing history, search backlog and cookies. The Ads spawned by Ads by StartCoup Virus could be in several different shapes. Among them pop-ups, banners or maybe entire new pages filled with Ads. At times you might even see words from any text you read transform into hyperlinks that show a picture of the Ad when hover your mouse over them.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by StartCoup Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

What are the dangers Ads by StartCoup Virus might pose to your computer

First there is the general slowness of the machine. Essentially your computer has to load two or more pages whenever you click on a link – one for the page you are looking for. This of course means both will load much slower then normal. This could be just an extra few seconds for a fast computer, but if your CPU or internet speed is not so good this can also result in the browser freezing or becoming temporarily unresponsive.

Another point to consider is that Ads by StartCoup Virus does not discriminate between real sites and fraudulent fakes – as long as they paid the virus maker those sites will be in. This makes purchasing anything from Ads by StartCoup Virus a very risky and foolish endeavor. Best to ignore it altogether.

But the most dangerous are the viruses that Ads by StartCoup Virus will try to install on your computer. They’ll almost always come in the offer of free software download. They can also be prompted by fake messages about missing plug-ins, updates for Flash/Java and more. Basically don’t ever download and run anything offered to you by an Ad banner associated with Ads by StartCoup Virus.

Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus

Before we start, consider this: all viruses can potentially have different “versions,” meaning that even if something is named Ads by StartCoup Virus in all instances, it may have to be removed in slightly differing ways. It seems virus creators pay attention to us and tweak their creations over time to make things more difficult. Some users see the virus while in safe mode, others don’t – if this happens revert to “normal” mode.

Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.


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.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

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


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.


Ads by StartCoup Virus has likely infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one, but before you proceed, read the rest of this part – the type of virus you are currently fighting against is know for tricking users into installing more of its kind. We want you to read what the possible fakes are, and determine if at some point after the infection spread you were duped. If you were, try to remember the name of what was installed for later reference – you WILL have to remove it, after all:

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Ads by StartCoup Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

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-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus From Firefox

Ads by StartCoup Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Remove Ads by StartCoup Virus From Chrome

 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.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.


(Works for XP, 7,  8,  8.1)

Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by StartCoup Virus 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:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.


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.


This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by StartCoup Virus remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.

If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!


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.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

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. If you can’t find them 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

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STEP 7 – Optimization

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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.