The coutinho.pro is classified as ‘ad’ web-site. It can display annoying ads within the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge or redirect your internet browser on other ads sites. If you’re seeing this annoying web page then most probably that your browser is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). As a result of the adware infection, your web browser will be full of ads (pop-ups, banners, in-text links, offers to install an unwanted software) and your system will be slower and slower.
The adware can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, but often that a malicious software such as this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the browser to see coutinho.pro unwanted advertisements.
The ad-supported software is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes web browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject ads within the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge’s screen. Moreover, the ad-supported software may install browser hijacker that once started, will modify the internet browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the ‘ad supported’ software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We suggest you to delete ‘ad supported’ software and clean your machine from coutinho.pro advertisements as soon as possible, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the few simple steps below that will allow you to completely get rid of the reroute to coutinho.pro unwanted site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How can you prevent the coutinho.pro ads
How to manually remove coutinho.pro advertisements
If you perform exactly the instructions below you should be able to remove the coutinho.pro pop-ups. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or reboot your system.
- Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete coutinho.pro redirect
- Remove coutinho.pro from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove coutinho.pro pop-ups from Chrome
- Delete coutinho.pro from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the application that causes the appearance of annoying advertisements and internet browser redirect to unwanted web pages, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of installed programs. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the web-browser redirect to annoying coutinho.pro pop-ups. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel like below.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the figure below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of annoying advertisements and internet browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program, you need to delete, is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown on the screen below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete coutinho.pro redirect
When the ‘ad supported’ software is started, it can also alter the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the internet browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted ads.
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 starts 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 coutinho.pro from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto coutinho.pro web site.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the screen below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s complete, press the “Finish” button
Remove coutinho.pro pop-ups from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the malware and ‘ad supported’ software, as well as to restore the web browser’s settings that have been replaced by ad-supported software.
- Now launch the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display 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 open the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next, press the “Reset” button.
- When this task is finished, your web browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage, new tab and default search engine.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete coutinho.pro from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu as shown on the image below. Next, press the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your personal computer, it will display coutinho.pro unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press 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 remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click 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 ‘ad-supported’ programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete coutinho.pro with Malwarebytes
Remove coutinho.pro manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal application. It can automatically detect and remove the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your system. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove web browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your system may be infected too. You can follow the step-by-step instructions below to delete the coutinho.pro unwanted completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once downloaded, close all applications and windows on your computer. 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 computer.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press on the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ad-supported software which causes the redirect to coutinho.pro page. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the system scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing the ad-supported software related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to get rid of ad-supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Block coutinho.pro redirect and other unwanted sites
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted ads and malicious pages, you need to use program that stops access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the program can stop the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is finished, run the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is done, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the setup application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that 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 launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup ads, pages such as coutinho.pro, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. 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.
If the problem with coutinho.pro is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove coutinho.pro pop-up ads, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: October 9, 2020
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button for scanning your personal computer for the ad supported software which generates coutinho.pro ads.
- Once the system scan is finished, AdwCleaner will display a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to get rid of ad-supported software with AdwCleaner.
Now your system should be clean of the coutinho.pro redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and annoying harmful sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and ad supported software). 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 coutinho.pro pop-up ads from your PC, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.