What is Coupon Clipster?
The Coupon Clipster browser add-on was created by a company called Phoenix Media. This plugin claims to save time and money while shopping online by displaying deals, coupons, and discount offers on Best Buy, Zappos, PetSmart, Staples, and many other online shopping websites.
The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. While the functionality of Coupon Clipster may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that this plugin is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Internet users often install this browser extension inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software.
Developers of this add-on use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. This method is legal, however, many free software 'download clients' and 'installers' analyzed do not properly disclose additional applications listed for installation together with the free programs users choose to download or install.
Following successful installation, Coupon Clipster generates intrusive online advertisements: sponsored links, banner ads, pop-unders, interstitial ads, coupons, video ads, and other types of online ads.
Furthermore, this add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording browser names, IP addresses, URLs of websites visited, search terms entered into search engines, and other hardware and software information, which could be personally identifiable.
The presence of Coupon Clipster on your system could lead to malware infections (when clicking on ads generated by this plugin), and it since tracks browsing activity, can lead to privacy issues and identity theft.
A clear indication that your computer is infected with this adware are "Coupon Clipster ads" and "Ads not by site" advertisements visible when browsing the Internet. You are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
The Coupon Clipster plugin is similar to other adware, which infiltrates users' Internet browsers through free software downloads including, for example, Zapp, Media Watch, and Right Coupon. These browser extensions install on browsers when downloading or installing free software.
They promise to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by adding various useful features, however, they only generate intrusive coupon ads and diminish browser performance. The main purpose of these browser plug-ins is to generate revenue from intrusive online advertisements and browser tracking.
To avoid installation of Coupon Clipster, be attentive when downloading and installing freeware. When downloading free software, inspect each step and decline installation of any advertised browser extensions.
When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled adware listed for installation, and you will be able to opt-out. Computer users who observe ads generated by Coupon Clipster when browsing the Internet, should use this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installer used in Coupon Clipster adware distribution:
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- What is Coupon Clipster?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Clipster application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Clipster add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupon Clipster extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Coupon Clipster extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Clipster 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 Clipster", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Clipster ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupon Clipster ads from Internet 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 "Coupon Clipster", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon clipster 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.
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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Coupon Clipster".
Computer users who have problems with coupon clipster virus 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 clipster virus, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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