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Monday, June 22, 2015

Remove "Ads by couponing" Adware (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
Couponing adware: just one thing in a long list of dangerous software that could end up causing very serious issues for you if you are unlucky enough to be infected by it. This adware can cause some very real issues, affecting not just your PC's operating speed but that of your internet connection too. It can also cause instability with the other programs or applications that you have running on your device – which can create security issues. This in turn has the knock on effect of weakening your defense and making it easier for even nastier forms of malware to attack you. And considering these programs may be designed to steal your data or identity and empty out your bank account, it makes sense to protect yourself from the so called 'nice guy' of the malicious software family.

What is couponing adware?

It is a type of software that is installed on your computer to show you adverts. Usually, these ads have labels "Ads by couponing", etc. In the majority of cases, couponing adverts will be for a product or a service that you have recently been looking at online. How does the adware know what you've been browsing? Well that's because it has been designed to also track your user habits: it will monitor which websites you are looking at and the content on the pages within.

Is couponing adware the same as spyware?

If you're thinking that this sounds a little like that other intrusive malware known as spyware you would not be far wrong. Spyware also tracks your computer use but for even scarier reasons. It can still see which websites you visit but it has additional 'features' and can also monitor which keys you type. It then logs this information and sends it back to the programmer who can use it at their will. And when you take into consideration that we all type personal data such as passwords and credit card numbers into our computers, often several times a day it gets even more worrying.

Here's an example of "Ads by couponing" adverts injected above Google search results.

Spyware is truly dangerous and because adware can weaken your security, as noted above, it means that you really should protect yourself from adware, even if you aren't worried about a third party tracking which websites you visit.

So how do you do that? Here are a few of the simple precautions you could, and should, take:
  • Downloading an app or program? Couponing adware is often bundled with free programs or peer to peer files. However it is normally mentioned in the small print. Therefore take the time to read this and make sure your configure boxes correctly as these may already be checked or unchecked so as to automatically install the adware.
  • Never download files in emails from unknown senders.
  • Install pop-up blockers and use a firewall.
  • Close unknown pop-up windows by clicking the 'X' in the corner. Clicking 'Close' may trigger a further installation.
  • Make sure you have a decent, up to date anti-malware program installed on your PC
Couponing is a rather persistent adware program. It can be installed under different names, so if you can't find and uninstall as you would normally do with any other program then think about recently installed programs. Chances are it came packed with one of these. To remove this adware from your computer and stop intrusive ads, please follow the steps on 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,

"Ads by couponing" 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 Couponing 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:
  • Couponing
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 Couponing related extensions from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove couponing, Active Discount, MediaPlayerV1, 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 Couponing related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

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

Remove Couponing 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.