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Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Coupon Addon?
Coupon Addon is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This browser extension claims to save time and money by displaying special deals and discounts when browsing shopping websites such as Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and so on.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, Coupon Addon is frequently referred as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by Coupon Addon to install on Internet browsers without users' consent.
Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and for this reason, most users inadvertently install Coupon Addon with other similar adware during download of free software from freeware download websites.
Today, most popular freeware download websites employ download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) to monetize their free services and traffic. These small programs offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% virus-free') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections such as Coupon Addon.
Following successful infiltration on Internet browsers, Coupon Addon generates intrusive online ads alongside the promised coupons, and moreover, diminishes browser performance and tracks browsing activity by collecting various information that may be personally identifiable. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Coupon Addon from your Internet browsers.
There is a long list of rogue browser add-ons similar to Coupon Addon including, for example, PalMall, SmarterPower and TinyWallet. Rather than providing any real value for the user, these browser plug-ins behave in a dubious manner (delivering advertisements, tracking users' Internet browsing activity, etc.) in order to generate revenue.
To avoid installation of Coupon Addon, or other similar adware, pay close attention during the download of free software and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
PUPs such as Coupon Addon are listed within the Control Panel (Programs and Features) and in the list of installed extensions on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox).
If you have already installed Coupon Addon, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Coupon Addon?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Addon application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Addon ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupon Addon advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Coupon Addon from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupon Addon extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Addon adware 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 Addon", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Addon ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupon Addon adware 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 Addon", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Coupon Addon ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon addon adware, 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 Addon", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Coupon Addon ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon addon adware, 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Coupon Addon". Note that Coupon Addon ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with coupon addon adware 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 addon adware, 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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