Ads byCouponDownloader has taken over my computer. Those ads seem to rise everywhere on my laptop. I don’t know how to stop it. I am aware that they come from a plug-in which I got several days ago while I downloaded a free tool from the internet. I scanned my computer immediately but it seemed that it doesn’t show up in program features. How can I delete it while I don’t know even where it is? Any good ideas?

Some Brief Instruction about CouponDownloader

Ads by CouponDownloader is a pop up recently found on all browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The pop up often says that you will go to the official site of Amazon by clicking on it and you will be given the best prices with guarantee. However, it is not from the famous online shopping site Amazon. In opposite, this is an ads sponsored by CouponDownloader. If you are careful enough you will notice the line of words declaring its real identity. It is actually an ads instead of a page message. It comes from an unwanted browser plug-in called CouponDownloader rather than the reputable Amazon website. Almost all people know about Amazon thus they will be misled by the pop up to believe that it is from the official site and they will get some coupons if they visit the site. When the users click on the pop up ads they will immediately be redirected to some sites they have never seen before. Those sites are usually unsafe to visit. Though there may exist some appealing information about coupons you should beware at the meanwhile that the ads is from illegal site instead of the official one thus what it says is not trustworthy. Ads by CouponDownloader appears to be bundle with some free software and unsafe links. When people are downloading something from the internet this plugin may have the chance to slip into the computer.

For the sake of computer safety and privacy security, remove the Ads by CouponDownloader with no hesitation. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for assistance if you are not computer savvy and have no idea on how to remove this :

Typical Symptoms of Browser Infection

  1. Unexpected popping ups appear when you are searching online;
  2. New and strange bookmarks occur in your bookmark list;
  3. Some unfamiliar programs show up in program list from programs and features;
  4. Unfamiliar programs are listed in start menu after you expand all programs;
  5. The computer will not perform correctly when you try to open a new tab or visit a regular web site;
  6. Random stuck will happen to some normal programs which usually work perfectly before.

Browser Manual Removal Instructions

Since the advanced anti-virus software can’t take effectively to get rid of the browser , then manual removal will be highly required. Generally speaking, manual removal is a complicated and difficult process which requires enough computer skills. To make it easier, basic manual removal steps have been given in the following to help one get rid of the browser . ( Be cautious when dealing with different system files and entries of the redirect.)

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Ads by CouponDownloader . We will need to put end to the running of the redirect first. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes. Names of the processes can be different each time:

windows task manager
Step 2: Open Program List, Find doubtful programs or tool-bars which may come from the browser . Right click on it and select uninstall.

programs and features

Step 3: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK:

folder options
After that we need to check in program files to see if the Ads by CouponDownloader leaves any files on the machine.
Step 4: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this redirect. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.

Run box

Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Ads by CouponDownloader to stop it from coming back.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Reset the Browser once to get rid of any left setting set by the redirect. Change home page(s) on browsers back from the browser and other unknown random URLs: Here take Internet Explorer as example.

To reset the browser, you need to click on the gear icon at right top corner of the browser page. Then you will get Internet Options window and move to Advanced tab.

Internet Options

And to set the homepage back from Ads by CouponDownloader please open general tab under Internet Options.

homepage set

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Belonging to browser hijacker category, Ads by CouponDownloader pop up has greatly affect the online activities. Besides, the effect of this plugin is not good to the computer. By occupying much system resource it slows down the computer speed. It not only takes longer to launch a website contents but also costs more time on getting some regular programs run. What’s more, people will have to encounter program errors from time to time when they use some software as usual. Another serious problem this pop up can bring to the vulnerable computer system is the attacking from more and more other online viruses and threats. If you keep the virus in the system for long your computer detection ability will be weakened significantly. For the safety of the computer as well as the data on the computer, it is suggested to remove the virus as soon as possible.

Note: Certain levels of PC skills will be needed during the manual removal process of this . Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get further help if you have tried but failed time after time.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on May 7, 2014 11:53 pm

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