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CouponBar Toolbar

Also Known As: Coupons.com Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

CouponBar toolbar - how to remove this browser add-on?

What is CouponBar toolbar?

The CouponBar Toolbar browser add-on supposedly enhances the Internet browsing experience by displaying coupon deals on Internet shopping websites, thus allowing users to save money whilst buying online. The toolbar alone is not related to malware or spyware infections, however, it is promoted using free software and is commonly installed on users' systems without their consent. This categorizes CouponBar as an unwanted browser extension. When installed on Internet browsers, this browser add-on not only displays coupon deals, but also changes the default homepage to search.coupons.com

couponbar toolbar redirect

Moreover, this toolbar tracks users' browsing habits in order to display relevant ads. If you have willingly installed CouponBar toolbar and are aware of the redirects and tracking, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that you have installed it inadvertently, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this toolbar from your computer. If the toolbar was installed without consent, this situation can occur when CouponBar is bundled with free software or other free browser extensions. During free software installation, avoid additional unwanted installation of browser toolbars by unchecking any options suggesting that you install additional software or change your Internet browser settings (homepage or default search engine).

CouponBar is not a virus or malware - it is a browser add-on promoted by coupons.com and is often bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. Using search.coupons.com for your daily Internet searches adds no genuine value. This site uses the Bing search engine provider and this feature should not lead to computer security issues, however, redirects to search.coupons.com or other similar websites are made for monetization purposes. If you wish to remove CouponBar from your computer, use the removal instructions provided.

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Quick menu:

CouponBar toolbar 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.

couponbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "CouponBar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling CouponBar Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

CouponBar toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

couponbar toolbar Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Coupons.com, Inc. related entries (Coupons.com CouponBar, TBSB07898 Class) and disable them.

To change your homepage from search.coupons.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.coupons.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupons.com virus, 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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

couponbar mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Coupons.com CouponBar".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.coupons.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with coupons.com virus 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupons.com virus, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove coupons.com virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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