Coupon Downloader Ads

Also Known As: Coupon Downloader Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Coupon Downloader removal instructions

What is Coupon Downloader?

Created by Coupondownloader Inc (a Delaware corporation), Coupon Downloader is a browser add-on claiming to save time and money by displaying various coupons and shopping deals while browsing online shopping sites. Although this may seem a legitimate and useful browser extension, be aware that Coupon Downloader is a rogue browser plug-in categorized as adware. This potentially unwanted application is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. It employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on these browsers without users' consent. Commonly, users install this adware inadvertently due to reckless downloading of free software from freeware download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com, amongst many others).

Coupon Downloader Ads

Although Coupon Downloader is not a virus or malware, it generates various intrusive online advertisements including, for example, in-text, transitional, shopping comparison, banner and other similar ads. There is a high probability that these advertisements are infectious. In addition, this rogue browser add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including browser type, operating system, IP addresses, and other details. Having potentially unwanted applications such as Coupon Downloader installed on your PC may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections. Rather than adding any real value for the user, this browser extension diminishes browser performance and may lead to serious computer infections. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to remove it from your Internet browser.

Coupon Downloader is similar to other adware (for example, SmartSaver, and Supra Savings) distributed via 'download clients' within freeware download websites. Download clients are used to monetize these sites' free services by offering installation of advertised 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. To prevent installation of Coupon Downloader, or other potentially unwanted applications, closely observe each step during the download of free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered. When installing freeware, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications attempting to infiltrate the system, and you will be able to remove them from the installation list. Internet users who have installed Coupon Downloader should follow this removal guide to eliminate it from their Internet browsers. 

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Quick menu:

Coupon Downloader 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.

Removing Coupon Downloader Ads via control panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Downloader ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Coupon Downloader ads from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Coupon Downloader from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gears" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Coupon Downloader", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Coupon Downloader from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon downloader 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

Google Chrome logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Coupon Downloader from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Coupon Downloader", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Coupon Downloader from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon downloader virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Coupon Downloader from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Coupon Downloader".

Removing Coupon Downloader from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with coupon downloader 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.

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