Coupon Finder removal instructions
What is Coupon Finder?
Coupon Finder is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying discounts/special offers available within online stores. Although this functionality may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that this extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Coupon Finder employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Coupon Finder tracks users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online ads.
These intrusive advertisements include banner, pop-up, search, text-link, and interstitial ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Coupon Finder continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including, for example, IP addresses, operating systems, unique identifier numbers, search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate Coupon Finder from your Internet browsers.
Coupon Finder is similar to other rogue browser extensions that use bundling as an installation method (such as Coupon-Alerts, PennyBee, and Coupon Crusher). Neither Coupon Finder, nor any other of these other rogue browser plug-ins, add any real value for the user - their main purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. Most users infect their computers with adware during the download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, amongst many others. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'virus-free' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the freeware download process and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Coupon Finder, and observe intrusive online advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Coupon Finder?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Finder application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Finder ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Coupon Finder from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Coupon Finder adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupon Finder extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Finder adware removal:
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 Finder", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Finder ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupon Finder 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 Finder", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon finder 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 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 Finder", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon finder virus, 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 Finder 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 Finder".
Computer users who have problems with coupon finder 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 finder 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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