The appearance Coupon Store instead of your start page or search provider is a classic sign of potentially unwanted program from the browser hijacker family which installed on your computer. Moreover, the hijacker infection can lead to weird web browser behavior (freezing/crash), delays when starting a new internet browser window or delays when searching for anything on the World Wide Web. We think you definitely want to solve this problem. For this purpose, necessity to perform cleanup of your PC. Perform the step-by-step guidance below which will allow you to get rid of Coupon Store hijacker and free your internet browser from the browser hijacker infection using the standard features of Microsoft Windows and some proven free software.
When you are performing searches using the browser that has been affected by Coupon Store, the search results will be returned from Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search. The makers of Coupon Store hijacker infection are most likely doing this to make advertisement revenue from the advertisements opened in the search results.
Table of contents
- What is Coupon Store
- Remove Coupon Store hijacker infection
- How to manually delete Coupon Store
- How to remove Coupon Store browser hijacker with freeware
- Run AdBlocker to block Coupon Store and stay safe online
- How does your PC system get infected with Coupon Store hijacker infection
- Finish words
The hijacker like Coupon Store often change all browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit some undesired sites and show intrusive ads. As a result, your internet browser can still redirect you to an intrusive web site despite your internet browser is actually free of hijacker infection.
The instructions below explaining steps to delete Coupon Store browser hijacker problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker infection that may attack FF, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge and other popular browsers. The step-by-step guide will allow you return your settings of web-browsers that previously modified by browser hijacker infection.
Remove Coupon Store hijacker infection
In the steps below, we’ll try to cover the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and provide general advice to remove Coupon Store hijacker infection. You may find some minor differences in your Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: uninstall all suspicious and unknown programs, reset internet browsers settings, fix browsers shortcuts, use free malware removal tools. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or restart your PC system.
How to manually delete Coupon Store
The useful removal guide for the Coupon Store browser hijacker. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Coupon Store hijacker let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall potentially unwanted programs through the Control Panel
Some PUPs, browser hijacking applications and adware may be uninstalled by uninstalling the free applications they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all programs that has the name similar to the page that has been set as your Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer startpage, newtab and default search engine. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. After you have found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker infection, ad-supported software or PUPs, then select this program and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully get rid of it from your PC system.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts
Once installed, this browser hijacker infection may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you launch the web-browser, it will show the undesired start page.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut that you use to run your internet browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is redirected to the Coupon Store or other intrusive page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The hijacker infection can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you open your web-browser. Depending on the internet browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the image below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the internet browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically reroute on the Coupon Store web-site or any other unwanted web-sites. Once the step is done, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove Coupon Store browser hijacker from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web browser newtab, home page and search engine by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your personal computer.
First, open the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will delete Coupon Store browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, newtab and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Coupon Store browser hijacker from FF
If the Mozilla Firefox settings like homepage, newtab and default search provider have been changed by the hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, run the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show 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 press on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Coupon Store browser hijacker infection from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the hijacker, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s new tab page, start page and search engine by default that have been changed by Coupon Store browser hijacker.
First open the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will launch the process of cleaning. Once it is finished, the internet browser’s settings including home page, new tab and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
How to remove Coupon Store browser hijacker with freeware
There are not many good free antimalware programs with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malware removal utilities depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malware, adware, hijackers and other PUPs. We suggest to use several programs, not just one. These programs which listed below will help you remove all components of the hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby delete Coupon Store browser hijacker infection.
Scan and clean your personal computer of Coupon Store with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker. The utility is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you delete PUPs, browser hijackers, ad-supported software, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Download Zemana Anti Malware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Anti Malware will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Coupon Store browser hijacker related files, folders and registry keys.
A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your system. When a malware, ad supported software or potentially unwanted programs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will get rid of Coupon Store hijacker infection and other malware and ad supported software and move threats to the program’s quarantine.
How to automatically remove Coupon Store with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you remove browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC for free.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your computer from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your machine. Further, open the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically launch and you may see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for the Coupon Store browser hijacker infection which changes your home page and search provider. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After the scan get finished, a list of all items detected is produced. Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will remove Coupon Store browser hijacker which modifies your start page and search engine and add items to the Quarantine. Once the task is done, you can be prompted to reboot your computer. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to get rid of browser hijackers, adware and other malicious software.
If the problem with Coupon Store hijacker is still remained
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove hijacker infection such as Coupon Store, malicious software, PUPs and ‘ad supported’ software in Google Chrome, FF, Edge and IE web browsers and thereby restore their default settings (homepage, new tab and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 3, 2018
Once downloading is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to perform a system scan for the Coupon Store browser hijacker that cause an annoying web-page to appear. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
Once the scan get finished is done, it will display you the results like below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will get rid of Coupon Store hijacker that cause a redirect to an undesired site and add items to the Quarantine. When finished, the tool may ask you to reboot your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Run AdBlocker to block Coupon Store and stay safe online
If you browse the Net, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your web-browser against it. Download and use an ad blocking application. AdGuard is an adblocker that can filter out a lot of of the malvertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
Installing the AdGuard ad-blocking program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
Once downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as shown in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, pages such Coupon Store, as well as other malicious or misleading 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, which is located on your desktop.
How does your PC system get infected with Coupon Store hijacker infection
The hijacker is usually spreads as a part of free applications and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your computer. This happens especially when you’re installing a free programs. The program installer tricks you into accepting the setup of third party applications, that you do not really want. Moreover, some paid applications may also install optional software which you do not want! Therefore, always download free software and paid programs from reputable download pages. Use ONLY custom or manual install method and never blindly click Next button.
Now your PC system should be clean of the Coupon Store browser hijacker infection. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and undesired harmful web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware, browser hijackers and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious programs and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Coupon Store browser hijacker infection from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.