The problem is that when you're downloading freeware, or even some paid for programs that you need to purchase, you may also be inadvertently and unwittingly downloading spyware or malware at the same time. Sometimes you can get adware that displays "Powered by Coupons" ads.
So whilst this adware might not sound like the most sinister thing out there, if you're thinking that spyware and malware sound far less desirable then you'd be right. Spyware is a software program that has been designed with the express purpose of gathering information about you; specifically your browsing habits and Internet usage. Thankfully, it can't log the keys you type (passwords, logins, credit card details and online bank account info - and hello huge security breach) and it cannot take screenshots when you're logged in. However, if does spy on you and that's more than enough to think twice before leaving this adware on your computer. Please note that it could be installed as ShopperPro or Obrona or something else. This infection is not the same for everyone. You might also notice that when your computer is infected, web browsers often downloads something from shoppingate.info and superfish.com. These websites are used to send information and receive information about possible ads "Powered by Coupons".
Malware on the other hand is a general term which covers a number of unpleasant Internet threats, including computer viruses, worms and Trojan Horses. These are all designed to do your computer, operating system, files, personal security or data serious harm. Either for financial gain, or for a hackers own sick amusement.
The other problem with adware, spyware and malware is that they often continuously run in the background which in turn has a domino effect on your PC's resources. They will slow down your processor, take up valuable memory space and can seriously affect your Internet connection - oh no! Spyware, and adware that displays elements of spyware, have a particular knock on effect as not only are they running around the clock but they're also working hard to collect and transmit all that juicy data about you.
So how do you spot if you have something unwanted installed on your computer? In the case of adware, your first inkling will probably be the proliferation of "Powered by Coupons" pop-up, pop-under and banner adverts that you suddenly start seeing displayed on your computer whenever you're online. That may well be followed with a drop in your computer's performance. The other issue is that when your operating system, hard drive and PC are under pressure, you'll also be more vulnerable to security issues.
It stands to good reason that you want to protect not only your PC but also your identity, your files and your bank account therefore you should always be clued up as to which programs you have installed on your computer. On top of that, when installing new software, always read the licensing agreement carefully so you know exactly what you're downloading along with your original freeware program or purchased software.
To remove "Powered by Coupons" ads, 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
"Powered by Coupons" Ads 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 "Powered by Coupons" 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 "Powered by Coupons" related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ShopperPro, Obrona, 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 "Powered by Coupons" related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove ShopperPro, Obrona, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove "Powered by Coupons" 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.