Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Coupon Buddy?
Coupon Buddy is a browser extension developed by Social Growth Technologies Inc. This browser add-on displays coupon deal ads when computer users visit online shopping websites such as eBay and Amazon.
Coupon Buddy is bundled with Conduit-powered toolbars known to cause unwanted redirects to search.conduit.com or trovi.com, and moreover, these toolbars install additional add-ons (such as Search Protect by Conduit), making it difficult to modify your homepage and default search engine.
Many computer users report that they have installed this browser extension without their consent, a situation which may occur as a consequence of reckless free software installation. Note that many popular download websites (for example, Brothersoft) use download clients which, if not closely monitored, install additional software or toolbars.
Coupon Buddy is not directly related to computer viruses or malware infections, it is an unwanted browser add-on that displays coupon ads. Notice that according to VirusTotal Coupon Buddy is detected as a potentially unwanted application or adware by 20 antivirus programs.
The Coupon Buddy extension can be used to save time and money whilst shopping online, however, many computer users report that they do not wish to use this extension and are annoyed by unwanted coupon ads. If you wish to eliminate this extension from your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox), use the removal guide provided.
Recently Conduit powered toolbars have started showing PriceGong coupon ads instead of Coupon Buddy:
Coupon Buddy installer setup:
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- What is Coupon Buddy?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Buddy application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Buddy add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupon Buddy plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Coupon Buddy extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupon Buddy extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Buddy removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Coupon Buddy", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling toolbars which cause unwanted coupon ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections.
Coupon Buddy removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for the following entries: "Conduit Apps Toolbar" (or any other entries related to conduit) and disable them.
If your Internet browsers redirects you to search.conduit.com, change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain by clicking on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon buddy pup, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate this entry: "Conduit Apps (or any other entries related to conduit)", select it (them) and click on the trash can icon.
If your homepage is changed to search.conduit.com, change your homepage from search.conduit.com to you preferred domain by clicking the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.conduit.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon buddy pup, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Conduit Apps (or any other entry related to conduit)".
If your homepage is changed to search.conduit.com, reset your homepage by clicking on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with coupon buddy pup 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon buddy pup, 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.
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