Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
CouponDropDown - how to eliminate this adware?
What is CouponDropDown?
CouponDropDown is a browser add-on which displays link ads and pop-ups with various offers. Developers of this browser plug-in claim that by installing this add-on you will not miss coupons and sales on your favorite online shopping websites. Such functionality may be useful to some, however, this browser plug-in is bundled with free software and computer users often install it unknowingly. Such dubious advertising has created a bad reputation for CouponDropDown, with many computer users believing it is a virus or malware infiltration. In fact, this browser plug-in is not a virus - it is an unwanted application which installs on users' computers together with free software or other browser add-ons.
To avoid unwanted software installation such as this, users should always closely inspect each installation window and uncheck any option suggesting the installation of additional browser plug-ins or change to your Internet browser settings. While CouponDropDown is not technically a virus, using this browser add-on is not recommended, since clicking on offers presented by this plugin may lead to privacy problems or installation of additional unwanted software.
The CouponDropDown browser add-on can be downloaded from its homepage, however, it is often bundled with free software or other browser add-ons. To avoid diminished browser performance and dubious ads, eliminate this unwanted browser add-on. This plugin adds no genuine value to users' Internet browsing experience. If you feel that CouponDropDown ads are shown on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome) without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate these issues.
Deceptive free software installer used in CouponDropDown adware distribution:
- What is CouponDropDown?
- STEP 1. Uninstall CouponDropDown application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove CouponDropDown add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove CouponDropDown plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove CouponDropDown extension from Mozilla Firefox.
CouponDropDown adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "CouponDropDown", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling CouponDropDown adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
CouponDropDown adware removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove CouponDropDown adware from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "CouponDropDown" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of CouponDropDown, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove CouponDropDown adware from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "CouponDropDown", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of CouponDropDown add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove CouponDropDown adware from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "CouponDropDown".
If you continue to have problems with removal of CouponDropDown, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
CouponDropDown Adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in CouponDropDown Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of CouponDropDown Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove CouponDropDown Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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