Coupon Alert removal instructions
What is Coupon Alert?
Created by Rational Thought Solutions, Coupon Alert is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Coupon Alert is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The developers of this rogue application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Coupon Alert generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, interstitial, text, pop-up, and pop-under ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this rogue browser add-on collects various software and hardware information including IP addresses, geographic locations, operating system types, device identifiers, browser types and data (browsing history, cookies, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, etc.), and other similar details that may be personally identifiable. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many applications similar to Coupon Alert. Examples include Video Converter, AppEnable, and EnterDigital among many others. None of these applications (including coupon alert) provide any significant value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Internet users are strongly advised to uninstall this adware from their Internet browsers.
Research shows that most adware is distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or "Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed Coupon Alert, and you observe intrusive online ads when browsing the Internet, read the following removal guide and uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in coupon alert adware distribution:
Coupon Alert adware installer set-up:
Coupon Alert adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Coupon Alert'):
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- What is Coupon Alert?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupon Alert application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupon Alert adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupon Alert ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Coupon Alert' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupon Alert extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupon Alert adware 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 Alert", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Coupon Alert ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupon Alert 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 Alert", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon alert 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 "Extensions". Locate: "Coupon Alert", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupon alert 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Coupon Alert".
Computer users who have problems with coupon alert 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 alert 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove coupon alert adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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