Coupon Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Coupon Search?
Coupon Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker which is designed to promote a fake search engine (searchforcoupons-svc.org) by changing certain browser's settings to searchforcoupons-serp.org. It is common that browser hijackers are designed not only to promote fake search engines but also to operate as information tracking tools (gather various data). They are called PUAs because users often download and install them inadvertently (unknowingly).
After installation browser hijackers change settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage new tab. They change them to an address of a particular fake search engine. Coupon Search sets them to searchforcoupons-serp.org which is designed to redirect users to searchforcoupons-svc.org, address of a fake search engine. It is fake because it does not generate individual, unique results. To be more precise, it displays results generated by Yahoo search engine (redirects users to search.yahoo.com). It is worthwhile to mention that apps like Coupon Search are designed to make sure that users would visit an address of a fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Typically, the only way to stop a browser from opening address of some fake search engine is to uninstall a browser hijacker. Therefore, searchforcoupons-svc.org can be removed from browser' settings by uninstalling Coupon Search. Although, it is not the only reason to uninstall this PUA. More often than not browser hijackers are designed to collect browsing data like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other information. Some of them may be capable of recording sensitive details as well. Quite often gathered data is being sold by their developers to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue some other ways. Such actions can cause= problems related to privacy, browsing safety, some users may even become victim of identity theft. Therefore, it is not safe to have apps of this type (including Coupon Search) installed on a browser and/or computer.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Coupon Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to allow users to search for various coupons|
|Promoted URLs||searchforcoupons-svc.org and searchforcoupons-serp.org|
|Serving IP Address (searchforcoupons-svc.org)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers too are SearchAnything, Templates Here Tab and Shield My Searches. As a rule, apps of this type supposed to deliver some features, improve browsing experience, etc. Nevertheless, most of them do not operate as they supposed to and are designed only to promote fake search engines and collect various data. Besides, browser hijackers can cause various problems. Therefore, any installed browser hijacker should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
How did Coupon Search install on my computer?
Very often users download and/or install browser hijackers (or other potentially unwanted apps) through setups of other programs. To be more precise, when they are included in various download and installation setups. In most cases information about it usually can be found in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. However, many users do not check these settings when they download, install programs. By leaving them unchanged they give included PUAs a permission to be downloaded or installed together with some other, wanted software. This distribution method of PUAs is known as "bundling". Additionally, unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. There are ads that can cause it by executing certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should not be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial websites, and other channels of this kind. It is recommended to download programs by using only official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, setups that contain "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Those offers can and should be dismissed before completing downloads and/or installations. Intrusive ads that appear on shady pages often redirect users to untrustworthy sites or download, install unwanted apps. For these reasons it is recommended not to click such ads. And finally, all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and programs of this kind that are installed on a computer should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Coupon Search, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Coupon Search redirects to search.yahoo.com through searchforcoupons-svc.org (GIF):
Website promoting Coupon Search browser hijacker:
Notification saying that Coupon Search can read and change data (on Chrome):
Notification saying that Coupon Search can read and access data (on Firefox):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Coupon Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupon Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchforcoupons-svc.org homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Search browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Coupon Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the searchforcoupons-svc.org website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Coupon Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://searchforcoupons-serp.org 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:
Click the "gear" 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 Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchforcoupons-svc.org 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.
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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Coupon Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Coupon Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchforcoupons-serp.org) 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "searchforcoupons-serp.org", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Coupon Search", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Coupon Search", remove hxxps://s.searchforcoupons-serp.org and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove searchforcoupons-svc.org redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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