Couponarific is listed as an adware and a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to several malicious actions that it performs. First of all, it is named as an adware not for no reason. Once installed Couponarific will spam your web browser with tons of annoying ads. At a first sight it can look as an useful and beneficial tool, that will help you to save your time and money when shopping online by providing various coupons and deals, but it is not true. That’s because all those commercial coupons come from third parties and most of the time are fake. They are usually displayed on e-commerce websites like eBay or Amazon and offer to purchase some goods at a better price rate. You should think twice before clicking on one of those ads because once you do this, you will be immediately redirected to third parties website that may be infected and do harm to your computer. It works as a browser add-on that can be added to all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Furthermore, it will collect your personal data, such as browsing history, search queries and IP address and transfer this information to third parties. They adjust their ads according to it and make them more attractive to you this way. Even though it’s not officially a virus that can cause a lot of damages itself, it can lead you to some serious cyber security problems, therefore it needs to be removed immediately.
Couponarific is distributed as most other adware – bundled with free applications. That being said, you need to be very attentive during the installation of freebies downloaded from suspicious looking websites. Do not skip any steps and read all terms and conditions. Opt out for a custom or advanced install mode and make sure no unwanted applications is being installed behind your back. In case your computer is already infected with this malicious application, we highly recommend to scan it with a trustworthy anti-malware like Spyhunter or malwarebytes. It will detect and remove virus automatically. If you don’t want to use any additional software to perform this action, you can follow our step-by-step Couponarific removal guide given below.
How to delete Couponarific
Using Control Panel to remove the main Couponarific components and installers
- Go to Control Panel. On Windows XP/Vista/7 open Start -> Control Panel , Add/Remove Programs or Uninstall . On Windows 8 enter Control Panel in the search box, then look for Uninstall a program. You may need to confirm that you are the administrator on this PC, in both cases.
- Look for Couponarific and /or similar looking items on the list of programs. By default, I recommend removing Yontoo, WebCake, anything “savings” or “coupon” related. Scanning with Anti-Malware programs like Spyhunter or Stopzilla might give a good idea of what programs you should remove from there as well.
- Close Control Panel.
Removing Couponarific from Internet Explorer
- Press on the Wench icon->Manage Add-ons.
- Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Couponarific and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
- Close the Options.
Removing Couponarific from Firefox
- Enter about:addons in URL field.
- Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Couponarific related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe probably you do not need it.
- Optionally, reset Firefox: go to Firefox ->Help (Help in menu for OSX users) -> Troubleshooting Information. Then Reset Firefox.
Removing Couponarific from Chrome
- Enter chrome://extensions in url field.
- Go through extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to Couponarific. If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
- Restart Chrome.
- Optionally, you can enter chrome://settings in URL bar, press Advanced settings, scroll to the bottom of the list and press Reset browser settings.
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