MyCouponize Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by MyCouponize
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MyCouponize from Mac?

What is MyCouponize?

MyCouponize is a deceptive application that supposedly saves time and money when shopping online. Judging on appearance alone, MyCouponize may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.

MyCouponize adware

Following infiltration, MyCouponize delivers pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. These conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, they often lead to malicious websites - clicking them causes further high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Research shows that MyCouponize continually monitors browsing activity by recording information that might be personally identifiable. The list of collected data types includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries. MyCouponize's developers share this information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as MyCouponize can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to eliminate MyCouponize adware from your computer immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by MyCouponize
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate Ads by MyCouponize our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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MyCouponize is identical to dozens of other adware-type applications such as, for example, MyShopBot, OptiBuy, Shopperify, and SmartShoppy. All offer identical functionality, however, they are useless for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually record private information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did MyCouponize install on my computer?

MyCouponize is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, developers proliferate this PUP by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, many users install MyCouponize inadvertently, without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as MyCouponize.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent installation of PUPs. First, carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Second, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them.

Deceptive application installer (fake Flash Player installer) promoting MyCouponize adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MyCouponize

Another free software installer (pretends to be an update for a Media Player) distributing MyCouponize adware:

mycouponize adware installer sample 2

MyCouponize adware generating intrusive online advertisements (commonly marked as 'Ad by MyCouponize'):

MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 1) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 2) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 3) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 4)

The appearance of pop-up ads generated by MyCouponize adware (GIF):

mycouponize adware generating pop-up ads

Instant automatic removal of Ads by MyCouponize: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by MyCouponize. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

MyCouponize adware removal:

Remove MyCouponize-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by mycouponize related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by MyCouponize removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by mycouponize related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by mycouponize related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by mycouponize related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.