You'll have noticed these adverts – these days so many websites are littered with them. From side bars in our email inboxes to banner ads on shopping or travel agency sites to horrible pop up adverts that infiltrate your screen, there's no getting away from the fact that adware is here to stay.
What do TremendousCoupon adverts show?
This is precisely the reason why so many people label TremendousCoupon as a type of malware. It can be detected as a PUP as well, for example PUP.Optional.ShoppingGate.A. Have you noticed that so many of the adverts you are on your screen are very similar to products or services that you've been browsing for online in the last few days? That's because adware installs a component on your computer that monitors which websites you are looking at. The information is sent back to the programmer so that they can ensure that they show you adverts that have a higher chance of you clicking on them. This is a win win for programmers and websites who pay for advertising as not only are they increasing the possibility of you buying something but they're also driving traffic to their site, helping to increase its popularity in the search engine rankings.
How does adware install this component?
TremendousCoupon is packaged or bundled with another program in the majority of cases - often one that the programmer has also developed, but not always. On the plus side, that means that adware is giving us access to free files or programs, however when you weigh that up against the unpleasant fact that you are being spied upon every time you are online it doesn't look quite so appealing.
Add to this fact that adware destabilizes other programs you have installed and you will also find that your PC's security is put at greater risk of a breach – meaning that the likelihood of you downloading something even more malicious is now greater.
TremendousCoupon: annoying or malware – or both?
I'm going to go with the 'both' factor here. This adware IS indeed an irritant – especially the pop up advert by TremendousCoupon variety but the fact that is sneaks its way on to your PC without making it clear definitely doesn't work in its favor. And as for causing your device to operate with an increased possibility of you being infected and we think that this is definitely one type of marketing you want to try and avoid.
Adware: is it just a nuisance or something that could genuinely put you at risk? We'll let you decide.
If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to stop ads by TremendousCoupon and remove this adware from the system, 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
TremendousCoupon 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 TremendousCoupon 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:
- Active Discount
- 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 TremendousCoupon related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TremendousCoupon, Active Discount, ShoppingGate, Gosave, 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 TremendousCoupon related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TremendousCoupon, Active Discount, Gosave, ShoppingGate, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove TremendousCoupon 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.