Coupon Champ removal instructions
What is Coupon Champ?
Developed by Engaging Apps, Coupon Champ is a rogue browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, displaying discounts/special deals available on shopping websites, and adding other useful functionality. Although this may seem a legitimate browser plug-in, be aware that Coupon Champ is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Coupon Champ generates intrusive online advertisements and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
This potentially unwanted application generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, text-link, sponsored link, pop-up, interstitial, and targeted video ads. There is a high probability that clicking these ads will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Coupon Champ tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various information, which may be personally identifiable. For example, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, browser cookies, and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to remove Coupon Champ from your Internet browsers.
Many rogue browser extensions developed by Engaging Apps are similar to Coupon Champ. Atomic Savings, Coupon Waterfall, and CrazyCoupon are just some examples. None of these add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. At time of research, Coupon Champ was distributed via fake downloads (browser updates, Java updates, etc.) as well as free software 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered. Furthermore, users who install downloaded software should select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for the installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Coupon Champ and observe "Ads by Coupon Champ" advertisements when surfing the internet, follow this removal guide to uninstall Coupon Champ adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Coupon Champ?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Champ application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Champ ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Coupon Champ from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Coupon Champ adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupon Champ extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Champ 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 "Coupon Champ", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Champ ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupon Champ ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Coupon Champ", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by coupon champ, 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: "Coupon Champ", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by coupon champ, 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.
If you are unable to remove Coupon Champ and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
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", in the opened window remove "Coupon Champ".
Computer users who have problems with ads by coupon champ 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 ads by coupon champ, 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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