What is Excellent Coupons?
Excellent Coupons provides features to display coupons and special deals/discounts available within online stores to supposedly save time and money while shopping online. Although some users may feel that Excellent Coupons is a legitimate and useful browser add-on, be aware that it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
Excellent Coupons is identical to Deal Cola, Savings Plugin, and many other applications developed by a company called Engaging Apps. Excellent Coupons is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and is the main reason for these negative associations.
Bundling allows stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software, and therefore, Excellent Coupons usually installs on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements are displayed and users' Internet browsing activity is tracked.
Transitional, in-text links, comparison shopping, and coupons are just some examples of advertisement types generated by this bogus extension. Some might redirect to rogue websites containing infectious content, thus, clicking these ads may cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Excellent Coupons collects personally identifiable information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system/browser types, websites visited, pages viewed, and so on. Therefore, the behavior of this application can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Excellent Coupons is similar to other adware-type applications including MarkingApp, TheBlocker, and Desktop Search. All claim to provide significant features, however, they merely display intrusive online advertisements and share collected data with third parties to generate revenue. You are advised to uninstall Excellent Coupons from your Internet browsers immediately.
Adware-type browser extensions are commonly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc. When users download free software, they are forced to use small programs called 'download applications', which supposedly ease the download process.
The purpose of download applications is to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of third party apps together with regular software. In some cases, additional programs are hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options.
While the developers claim that these promoted programs are virus-free, lack of attention when downloading and installing freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid this situation, closely analyse each step of the free software download process to avoid inclusion of additional applications.
Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to cancel them. The following instructions will guide you through removal of Excellent Coupons adware from your system.
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- What is Excellent Coupons?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Excellent Coupons application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Excellent Coupons adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Excellent Coupons ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Excellent Coupons' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Excellent Coupons extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Excellent Coupons 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 "Excellent Coupons", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Excellent Coupons ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Excellent Coupons 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 "Excellent Coupons", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the excellent coupon 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 "Excellent Coupons", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the excellent coupon 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 plug-ins 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 "Excellent Coupons".
Computer users who have problems with excellent coupon 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 excellent coupon 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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