These adverts are executed in one of two ways: some ads by TakeTheCoupon are integrated with the software's user interface while others are displayed on a screen that you will be shown at the same time that the installation process takes place. However, other variants of this adware install bogus web browser extensions that turn random words on a web page into links (they are usually double underlined) and then redirect users to dodgy websites and services.
Similarly, the advertisements themselves usually fall into one of two categories: they may be related to a product or service that you are genuinely interested in - or they may not be of any interest to you whatsoever. In fact most people associate the term 'adware' with unwanted advertisements. Nothing strange about that you might think - it stands to reason that some adverts will be more attractive to you than others, but you may have noticed that many of the ads by TakeTheCoupon you see on your computer screen are actually spookily precise and reflect goods or services that you have recently been looking at online. So how does that happen?
If you're seeing adverts for hotels in Barbados - and you've recently been browsing a travel agency, hotel booking or airline website looking at Caribbean vacations, adware is at work. This adware employs a function which is designed to track the websites you look at, analyze the product or service you are seemingly interested in and then shows you adverts that are related to your search.
As mentioned above, TakeTheCoupon is normally utilized to generate revenue for the developer, who uses it as a means of recouping the cost of developing their program. So, that's good for them, but what about us? While it can be tempting to see this adware purely as an unwanted evil, in actual fact, its presence means that you and I get to use different software programs either for a lower price, or in some cases, for free. However that doesn't mean that it is all sweetness and light as it can, and often does, have some negative knock-on effects.
We touched upon the fact above that some variants of TakeTheCoupon adware is unwanted, and this is when it starts to take on the guise of malware - or malicious software. Adware that falls under the umbrella term of malware is most definitely unwanted and is something that you, as an Internet user should take pains to protect yourself against. Adware type advertisements quite often take the form of pop-up windows like ads by TakeTheCoupon, and can be extremely annoying to deal with not to mention difficult to get rid of. They also slow your operating system down as the Internet tracking part of the program is busy constantly monitoring you when you're online (this is not a pleasant thought either) and sending back data to the developer.
So how can you defend yourself against malicious adware that monitors your every move, and can also leave you vulnerable to other types of malware being installed on your machine? Basically you need to be careful when downloading from the Internet and only use sites that you trust and of course you need to install an up-to-date and reputable brand of anti-malware on your machine. If your computer is already infected by this adware and you can't remove ads by TakeTheCoupon, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Ads by TakeTheCoupon Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove TakeTheCoupon related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove TakeTheCoupon related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TakeTheCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove TakeTheCoupon related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TakeTheCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove TakeTheCoupon related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.