Are you seeing lots of annoying ads in the Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox or MS Edge every time you use the browser to surf the Internet? This could mean that your PC system is infected with the Couponizer adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it opens a large number of annoying advertisements. Currently, this ‘ad supported’ software are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free applications, download and install them on the computer without proper attention to the fact that the adware can penetrate into the personal computer along with them.
The ‘ad supported’ software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a dangerous software such as this can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the web browser to see Couponizer annoying ads.
So, obviously, you need to get rid of the adware ASAP. Use the free step-by-step guide below. This guide will help you clean your PC and thereby get rid of the Couponizer annoying ads.
How can you prevent the Couponizer ads
How to manually remove Couponizer ads
If you perform exactly the step-by-step instructions below you should be able to get rid of the Couponizer . Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or restart your PC.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove Couponizer ads from Firefox
- Remove Ads by Couponizer from Chrome
- Remove Couponizer advertisements from IE
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious applications. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up your internet browser from advertisements, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll display the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed software.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the ad-supported software is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the internet browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted advertisements.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Couponizer ads from Firefox
First, start the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Ads by Couponizer from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malware and ad-supported software, as well as to restore the web-browser’s settings that have been changed by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Now launch the Google Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next, click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your internet browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage, new tab page and search engine by default.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Couponizer advertisements from IE
To delete the Couponizer ads you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
Once the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you run your computer, it will open Couponizer annoying web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Couponizer advertisements with Malwarebytes
Remove Couponizer ads manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and remove the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your computer. Moreover, this free program will help you to get rid of web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too. You can follow the guide below to remove the Couponizer unwanted pop-up ads completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
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Update: March 20, 2018
Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once install is finished, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the Couponizer and other ad supported software. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing the ad supported software related files, folders, registry keys. Once the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
The following video explains the guide above on how to delete adware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to block Couponizer
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying advertisements and malicious web-sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can stop the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- After the download is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, press “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-ups, Couponizer ads, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Get rid of Couponizer advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the unwanted Couponizer advertisements from the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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Update: September 24, 2018
When the download is complete, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is launched, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to begin checking your computer for the malicious extensions and adware that displays ads by Couponizer. When the system scan is done, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. When the clean up is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to get rid of adware, browser hijackers and other harmful programs.
Now your system should be clean of the Couponizer ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted malicious web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Couponizer advertisements from your PC, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.