Easy Coupon Finder browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy Coupon Finder?
Easy Coupon Finder is designed to hijack browsers by changing some of their settings to easycouponfindertab.com - an address of a fake search engine. Another problem with apps of this type is that they often are designed to operate as information tracking tools: they collect information related to user's browsing habits. It is common that users download and install apps like Easy Coupon Finder unintentionally, unknowingly. Therefore, they are cateogorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
As a rule, browser hijackers modify settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab so that users would visit a certain address when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries. That is how most browser hijackers promote fake search engines. Easy Coupon Finder changes the aforementioned settings to easycouponfindertab.com. To remove this address from browser's settings it is necessary to uninstall Easy Coupon Finder first, it is because apps of this type are designed to keep their settings unchangeable as long as they are installed. It is worthwhile to mention that easycouponfindertab.com is a fake search engine because it redirects users to search.yahoo.com (displays results generated by Yahoo). In other words, this search engine does not generate any unique results. As mentioned in the introduction, quite often apps of this type are designed to gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc.) as well. Also, they can be designed to collect sensitive information. The bigger problem with it is that gathered information may be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. It means that users may experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, Easy Coupon Finder and other browser hijackers should never be trusted (installed).
|Name||Easy Coupon Finder|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), AVG (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Easy Coupon Finder|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to allow users to quickly access various coupon websites|
|Serving IP Address (easycouponfindertab.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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 apps of this type are Search Pro, EmailCheckNow and ConvertPDFEasy. Although, there are many other browser hijackers. Typically, they are advertised as useful, legitimate apps that supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features, etc. Nevertheless, most of them are designed to promote various fake search engines and gather browsing dat. To sum up, browser hijackers are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and do not function as they supposed to. Moreover, they can be the culprit of various issues.
How did Easy Coupon Finder install on my computer?
As a rule, users do not download and/or install PUAs knowingly, on purpose. It usually happens when they click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts or when those apps are distributed by including them in various download and/or installation setups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers user it with a purpose to trick users into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with programs that they download and/or install willingly. As a rule, information about additionally included apps can be found and declined in "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings of setups. When users leave them unchanged, they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages etc., should not be used as tools neither to download or install any programs (or files). Also, it is recommended to always check download and/or installation setups for offers to download and/or install PUAs and decline them. Various intrusive ads that appear on dubious websites, when clicked, tend to open untrustworthy websites or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. Therefore, such advertisements should not be trusted/clicked. If there are any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled right away. If your computer is already infected with Easy Coupon Finder, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Easy Coupon Finder browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Easy Coupon Finder browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web 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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is Easy Coupon Finder?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Easy Coupon Finder application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove easycouponfindertab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Easy Coupon Finder browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove easycouponfindertab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove easycouponfindertab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Easy Coupon Finder 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, "Easy Coupon Finder"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the easycouponfindertab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Easy Coupon Finder 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://easycouponfindertab.com 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 "Easy Coupon Finder".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the easycouponfindertab.com 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 "Easy Coupon Finder" 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 "Easy Coupon Finder", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.easycouponfindertab.com) 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 "easycouponfindertab.com", 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 easycouponfindertab.com 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 "Easy Coupon Finder", 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 "Easy Coupon Finder", remove hxxp://easycouponfindertab.com 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 easycouponfindertab.com 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 easycouponfindertab.com 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 easycouponfindertab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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