What is Coupons Vault?
Coupons Vault is a browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling features to display coupons and special deals/discounts available on shopping websites - it's not a virus or malware. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Coupons Vault is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The developers of this application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and thus some users may install this add-on without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of additional programs together with regular software, and therefore, users often install this adware inadvertently together with free software downloadable on freeware download websites.
After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Coupons Vault generates online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
Coupons Vault generates advertisements such as coupons and comparison shopping. Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since Coupons Vault collects various software and hardware information including IP addresses, URL of the websites users are visiting and other general information about user’s browser and operating system.
Be aware that this recorded information may be personally identifiable, and therefore, having Coupons Vault installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
There are many applications offering similar features and distributed using the bundling method. PriceGong, SmartWallet, GoodDeals, Coupon Alert, ShopScouter, and iShopper are just some examples. Such applications are commonly developed to generate revenue by the display of online ads and sharing collected data with third parties.
Research shows that nowadays most of potentially unwanted applications are often distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of third party applications together with the chosen software. Although these advertised apps are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', most are classed as adware or malware.
To avoid computer infections by this type of adware, closely analyse each step of the free software download procedure and opt-out of all additional programs included.
Furthermore, installation of software downloaded from the Internet should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden programs listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If you have installed Coupons Vault, and you observe intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, the following removal instructions will help you to eliminate this adware from your system.
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- What is Coupons Vault?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted applications from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Coupons Vault 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 "Coupons Vault", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
Remove 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupons vault pup, 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: 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 coupons vault pup, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with coupons vault pup 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 coupons vault pup, 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.