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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Remove Couponarific Malware (Uninstall Guide)

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Couponarific has been designed to display adverts on your PC. Couponarific Ads or "Ads by Couponarific" appear on every web page you visit. They are injected by malicious web browser extensions called Couponarific. While some people do refer to Couponarific as a virus or as malware, there are a number of differences. Unlike the latter two, Couponarific is not always harmful and is frequently used in legitimate circumstances. For instance, innocuous adware enables you to use free software and applications - games are a good example. Because the software developer uses the adware as a way of generating income, he or she is able to offer the app or program for a very low cost, or, often, for free. You've probably played a game on your smartphone and seen adverts for other games running at the bottom of the screen or flashing up between levels - that's adware.

However Couponarific can also cause problems if it's been created by someone with less than pure intentions. In this scenario, a hijacker or fraudster will attempt to install Couponarific on your computer without you knowing it. At "best" it may show you ads by Couponarific of a nature that you may find offensive (such as pornography or gambling websites or even scams created to dupe you out of your finances). At worst it can be loaded with spyware, keyloggers that monitor your keyboard usage, viruses and other malicious software such as Trojan Horse malware. The differences are huge: innocent adware gives you access to free apps while malicious adware like Couponarific can hijack your browser, redirect you to unsavory websites, monitor your correspondence.

Therefore, if you're downloading freeware or free apps, it really does pay to be careful. If adware has been designed purely as a revenue stream then it should be mentioned in the License Agreement - and you can then choose whether or not you want to continue with the download or not. (Some people find the pop up adverts so commonly used by adware developers extremely detrimental to their user experience). In addition to this, Couponarific can have a disruptive effect on your computer, interacting poorly with other installed programs, making your computer's processor run sluggishly and negatively impacting on your Internet connection speeds.

If you suddenly wind up with Couponarific on your computer and you haven't recently downloaded or installed anything, you may have been the victim of a drive by download. And chances are this is a form of undesirable adware. That's because drive by downloads operate in a stealth-like fashion, fooling you into downloading the adware, often by displaying a dialogue window that tells you that you need to download the latest version of your anti-virus software, or some other such underhand means.

So, what's the best way to protect yourself from malicious Couponarific? Make sure your anti-virus software and security patches are up to date. A good anti-virus or anti-malware program are also able to discern between rogue adware and legitimate adware meaning that you'll be protected from potential threats while still being able to enjoy free games and other apps.

To remove Couponarific and stop annoying 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,

Couponarific 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 Couponarific 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 PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall 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:
  • Couponarific
  • 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 Couponarific related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Couponarific, 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 Couponarific related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Couponarific, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Couponarific related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage 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.


Kirstin Cuthbert said...


I have uninstalled from the control pannel and removed the extension on chrome but the ads still appear.

It's driving me absolutely crazy so what else can I do to get rid of it?

Thanks in advance,

Admin said...


Scan your computer with anti-malware software.

naeem said...

hey guys

the ads appeared out of nowehere, there is no sign of it anywhere, not in my programs list, or any of my extensions. ive ran the malware software, but the ads keep coming, and it doesn't matter which browser i use, explorer, chrome, or firefox

Claire C said...

Same as these guys, no sign of where these are coming from. They don't just pop up they also constantly open pages when I click on computer is totally haunted. Installed Mcafee yesterday, still there. Ad block!

Henry Moreno said...

exact same issue as all, and same process as CLAIRE!! THIS IS BS!!!

connor said...

Mine suddenly came out of nowhere, too. I didn't download anything the last couple of days either. Maybe people's computers somehow got infected, because it seems I'm not the only one with this problem.

Anonymous said...

Same exact problem here, like, CouponArific is spamming me with all these ads, but I can't find the source in the Control Panel or Extensions!

I have a Windows 8 and I use Google Chrome, if it helps at all.

Anonymous said...

Same thing happened to me today. Seemed to come out of no where. Scanned whole computer with avg and nothing changed. I did a file search and found a folder in program files named couponarific. I deleted that folder which required admin permissions. Used 'regedit' from the command prompt to edit the registry. Did a search in the registry for 'coupon' so I wouldn't miss anything. Deleted or edited to remove any incidence of "couponarific ", exited regedit, exited command prompt. Restarted computer. Seems to be gone now. I hope this helps people.

Anonymous said...

That seems to have worked. Thx

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I couldn't find coupon in program files, or in task manager. BUT I DID FIND IT IN REGISTRY. Once I deleted it from there, it went away.

Terrible adware. Slowed browsing down immensely. Hope the programmers die terrible, painful deaths. :)

Anonymous said...

Was anyone else shopping on right before you got infected? I started having the same problem last night right after I clicked on an "other similar items" ad on the bottom of the page, and I haven't downloaded or installed anything new in months. I ran malware bytes and the coupon ads went away for about half a day, now they're back again and Malware Bytes isn't detecting anything. Going to try the regedit fix next, hopefully that will help!

Anonymous said...

that worked for me too, search didnt pull anything up but I just went to my programs folder and there it was so I deleted it, thank you!

Megan said...

I am having the same problem... couponarific came out of no where and I have search for it everywhere and can find it?! I tried to add an addblocker from chrome but it wont let me it keeps saying network failed.

Anonymous said...

I too have had this show up for no apparent reason and it is not listed in my programs or extensions. I cannot find it anywhere on my computer, but yet it is showing up everywhere. I would love to get rid of it. Any advice would be appreciated.

Red said...

I tried deleting from registry at least three times now, restarting each time. It's still there. Am I missing a step or does anyone have any other suggestions?

Admin said...

@Red: You should run a full system scan with anti-malware software.

Anonymous said...

Yayyy!!! Finally got rid of after trying many different things. Frustrating!!! I installed Malwarebytes. The first time I ran a full scan it did not get it. I did an update today and ran it again and it appears to be gone!!!

Anonymous said...

ok so this is bugging me to the point of tears i have tried nearly everything in sight and it somehow ends up BACK on my computer can someone help i feel like throwing my computer out the window right now!

Anonymous said...

Hi i have the same problem it just appear out of nowhere and i did the search and checked in the uninstall programs and is not there neither in extensions is making my internet slow and affecting my school work please give me any advice is a big emergency