Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Coupoon?
Coupoon is a rogue browser plug-in developed by a company of the same name (Coupoon Inc.) This plug-in claims to be a great tool to save time and money while shopping online, and although some may find the functionality legitimate and useful, Coupoon is classed as adware.
The reason for this negative association is a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software) employed by the developers to install Coupoon on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements are displayed. Ads generated by this rogue application (coupons, banners, comparison shopping, in-text transitional, in-text link, etc.) are likely to redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
As with other regular adware, Coupoon tracks and records various Internet browsing-related information such as operating system, browser type, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and other types of data that may be personally identifiable.
Therefore, having Coupoon adware installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many rogue applications similar to Coupoon including, for example, Br0wsrAp, Price Expert, Pricezilla, and Price Rocket. These offer identical features, however, none (including Coupoon) provide any real value for the user.
In fact, they diminish browser performance, display intrusive online ads, and share collected data with third parties to generate revenue. You are strongly advised to eliminate this application from your system.
Research shows that most adware similar to Coupoon is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.
Download clients supposedly ease the free software download process, however, they are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of third party applications. These promoted applications are described as legitimate and virus-free, however, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
You can avoid this situation by closely analysing each step of the free software download procedure to ensure that no additional programs are installed.
Furthermore, downloaded software should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any third party applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Coupoon adware, follow the instructions below to eliminate this PUP.
Deceptive free software installers used in Coupoon adware distribution (sometimes disclosed as 'Couponarific'):
Coupoon adware generating intrusive online ads ('coupoon Ads'):
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- What is Coupoon?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Coupoon application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Coupoon adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Coupoon ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Coupoon' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Coupoon ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupoon 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 "Coupoon version 1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Coupoon ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Coupoon adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Coupoon did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupoon 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupoon 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with coupoon 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 coupoon 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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