Remove the Coupon Club browser hijacker from the system

Also Known As: couponclubapp.co redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Coupon Club browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Coupon Club?

Coupon Club is a deceptive application that, according to the developers, saves time and money by providing discount coupons for various online shops. Judging on appearance alone, Coupon Club may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. The reasons for these negative associations are installation without users' consent, promotion of a fake search engine, and tracking of browsing activity.

couponclubapp.co browser hijacker

One of Coupon Club's main purposes is to promote the couponclubapp.co fake search engine. To achieve this, it hijacks popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and assigns the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to couponclubapp.co. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since Coupon Club reassigns browser options or simply prevents access when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible as long as Coupon Club is present. Users are forced to visit couponclubapp.co when they search via the URL bar or merely open a new browser tab. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Note that couponclubapp.co is a useless search engine - it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com when a search query is entered. Therefore, users merely end up searching via the Yahoo search engine, and couponclubapp.co becomes irrelevant. Browser hijackers and fake search engines are also known for data tracking. These apps/websites gather data such as IP addresses, website URLs, pages viewed, search queries, geolocations, and so on. This information is likely to contain personal details that developers sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These third parties generate revenue by misusing private information and, thus, data tracking might lead to serious privacy issues, including identity theft. We strongly recommend that you eliminate the Coupon Club browser hijacker and never return to couponclubapp.co

Threat Summary:
Name Coupon Club
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Coupon Club, Coupon Club App
Supposed Functionality Access to discount coupons for various online shops.
Promoted URL couponclubapp.co
Serving IP Address (couponclubapp.co) 104.18.38.149
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
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Coupon Club is virtually identical to dozens of other browser-hijacking applications, such as Find My Route, Quick Audio Converter Pro, Hide My Searches, and so on. Most all of these applications offer 'useful functionality' in attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. Following infiltration, however, browser hijackers provide no real value. Their only purpose is to help developers generate revenue. Rather than enabling any useful functions, browser hijackers cause redirects and gather sensitive data.

How did Coupon Club install on my computer?

Although Coupon Club has an official download website, it usually infiltrates computers without users’ permission, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements, often delivered by adware-type applications, redirect to dubious websites or simply execute scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling" is essentially a term for installation of third party applications together with regular (typically free) software. Developers are not honest enough to adequately disclose installation of "bundled" PUAs. Therefore, they are hidden behind various sections (such as "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users click advertisements and skip download/installation steps, which often leads to inadvertent installation of third party applications (in this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be extremely cautious during the download/installation processes, and when browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they often include rogue apps. Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, preferably using direct download links. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, as developers invest many resources into their design, however, most redirect to dubious websites (such as gambling, surveys, pornography, adult dating, and similar). If you encounter these ads/redirects, eliminate all dubious applications and browser extensions immediately. If your computer is already infected with Coupon Club, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Coupon Club browser hijacker installer asking for permissions:

Official Coupon Club browser hijacker asking for permissions

Website promoting Coupon Club browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Coupon Club browser hijacker

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications:

Coupon Club website browser notifications

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Coupon Club browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

couponclubapp.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Coupon Club"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the couponclubapp.co website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Coupon Club browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing couponclubapp.co related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://couponclubapp.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Coupon Club".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the couponclubapp.co redirect, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing couponclubapp.co related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Coupon Club App" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Coupon Club App" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.couponclubapp.co) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "couponclubapp.co", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the couponclubapp.co redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing couponclubapp.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Coupon Club App", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Coupon Club App" remove hxxp://couponclubapp.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing couponclubapp.co from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "coupon"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with couponclubapp.co redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the couponclubapp.co redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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