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Remove Coupon Chaser virus (Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as Coupon Chaser ads, ads by Coupon Chaser | Type: Adware

Coupon Chaser – an adware product that provides users with the latest sales offers and is created by Innovative Apps and 215Apps

Coupon Chaser adwareCoupon Chaser - adware that gets bundled with freeware and shareware that comes from third-party downloading websites such as cnet.com, download.com, and softonic.com

Coupon Chaser (also known as Coupon-Chaser or CouponChaser) is a third-party advertising service that has been released by two companies named Innovative Apps and 215Apps. This adware usually comes in a bundle with other potentially unwanted programs such as Yontoo, Superfish, 1ClickDownloader, and FBPhotoZoom. It aims to display advertisements that sponsor the latest sales offers and give advice on how to get some products for a very low price.

Coupon Chaser virus can appear on various social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and on e-shopping websites such as Amazon, AliExpress, eBay, Walmart, and inject the “See similar” feature on every product offer. If the user clicks that button, he/she will be provided with Coupon Chaser ads. If you are using a Windows computer, you might find some rogue processes running in the Task Manager and suspicious components hidden in the C:\Program Files\ and C:\ProgramData sections. Also, the adware copies its main file named Coupon Chase-bho.dll to the hard drive of the affected device.

Name Coupon Chaser
Also known as Coupon-Chaser, CouponChaser
Developer(S) Innovative Apps, 215Apps
Bundled with This app can come in a bundle with other third-party programs such as Superfish, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, 1ClickDownload, etc.
Main task The main goal of this adware program is to provide various sales' offers while visiting popular e-shopping websites or social platforms
Location(s) Once this adware settles on the computer system, it can fill the Windows Task Manager with questionable processes and include suspicious files in the C:\Program Files\ and C:\ProgramData sections
Elimination If you have been dealing with this PUP lately, you can try to get rid of it by completing manual step-by-step guidelines or by using automatical software
Fixing tool Try repairing any system compromisation with ReimageIntego

Coupon Chaser is not a trustworthy application that you should leave lurking on your machine. Even though this program is most likely to appear on your Windows computer system, it can still approach you even if you are using a Mac device.

Coupon Chaser adware infiltrates all types of web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. The PUP fills these apps with questionable extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that allow the adware to fulfill its functions such as advertising, redirecting, and collecting browsing-based details.

Once you are infected with Coupon Chaser, there is a big chance that you will experience intense advertising while using the web browser where the adware is installed in. This adware aims to load various sales offers and shopping deals that are likely to look very attractive and trick gullible users into spending their money on unneeded products.

Coupon Chaser virusCoupon Chaser is a potentially unwanted program that can redirect the user to a potentially malicious website and infect the person with a virtual parasite

Be careful with Coupon Chaser and its ads. If you are browsing on an e-shopping platform such as Walmart, AliExpress, eBay, or Amazon, you might be provided with such advertisements. However, mostly, they are likely to come specifically marked, so you might be able to recognize the adware from such superscriptions on particular ads:

  • “Provided to you by Coupon Chaser”.
  • “Coupon Chaser ads”.
  • “Ads by Coupon Chaser”.
  • “Coupon Chaser advertisements”.
  • “Brought to you by Coupon Chaser”.

The notifications that come from Coupon Chaser can decrease the speed and quality of your browsing process. Later on, you might find yourself struggling to open certain websites, minimize and maximize windows, close pages. Additionally, this can affect your computer resources such as the CPU and start eating up energy and power.

Furthermore, Coupon Chaser can initiate redirecting sessions to affiliate domains. These places can also be filled with questionable content such as various surveys, scams, fake prize claims. If you receive any type of encouragement to provide personal information or credential data, do not do that as, otherwise, you might experience identity theft or monetary losses.

Coupon Chaser

Another bad purpose of Coupon Chaser redirects might be to take you to potentially malicious locations. This way the hackers might be able to inject dangerous malware such as trojans or ransomware into your computer system. Afterward, you are likely to experience severe system/software damage, important data loss, overheated CPU,[1] etc.

Remove Coupon Chaser before you land on such damaging directories. The adware program can be easily terminated with the help of automatical removal tools. You should choose this type of process over the manual possibility if you are a less-experienced user or have been running into some problems related to time limits.

Coupon Chaser can also aim to inject HTTP cookies, beacons, and pixels[2] for tracking your browsing information. The PUP might record data such as pages visited, hyperlinks and ads clicked, saved bookmarks, your IP, geolocation. Then, the details might be passed on to other parties for income or used as a way of developing more advanced targeted advertising.

Since you know all about the annoying adware, this should be enough for you to want to perform Coupon Chaser removal. If you are infected with this PUP and have been looking forward to using manual instructions, you can find some steps at the end of this page. Also, try ReimageIntego for repairing any compromised entries that the adware might have affected on your PC.

Freeware and shareware apps often hide adware in their extra attachments

Adware programs usually travel around as additional attachments of various freeware and shareware. Therefore, it is possible to find such a program on your computer without downloading it. If you want to protect your computer from similar intruders, we can give you a couple of helpful tips on how you can do that.

First of all, avoid downloading unfamiliar programs from download websites such as cnet.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and download.com. As you can imagine, free programs are usually supported by advertising or such applications have extra attachments by which unwanted products can easily slip into the computer system.

Secondly, if you are installing an unfamiliar freeware,[3] it is recommended to read its end-user license agreement (EULA) part and the Privacy Policy. Thirdly, you should also follow the entire installation process in order to spot unwanted attachments by selecting Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. 

Finally, taking care of automatical protection is also an important thing to think of while seeking to prevent adware programs from entering your machine repeatedly. Choose a reliable antivirus product to purchase from the Internet and download it to your computer system. Afterward, keep the app regularly updated for its proper functionality.

Removing Coupon Chaser virus from your computer

Coupon Chaser virus should be removed after you find the program distracting you and interrupting your computing work. There are specific tools that can help you to deal with this type of process, also known as antimalware software. According to Virusai.lt experts,[4] using antivirus tools is the best way to get rid of all types of cyber threats.

Downloading and running automatical products will make the Coupon Chaser removal process smoother and more efficient. This way you will be sure that you have not missed any suspicious products that were injected by the adware program. Also, the entire task will take no longer than 5-10 minutes and will require almost none of the user's effort.

However, you can also remove Coupon Chaser with the help of manual guiding steps. At the end of this article, we have included improved instructions on the termination process of this adware. Keep in mind that you need to clean not only your OS but also web browser apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

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To remove Coupon Chaser virus, follow these steps:

Delete Coupon Chaser from Windows systems

To clean your Windows operating system from the adware and all the additional products that have been added, apply the below-provided guiding steps.

To remove Coupon Chaser from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Coupon Chaser (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Coupon Chaser from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Coupon Chaser from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Coupon Chaser-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Coupon Chaser, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Coupon Chaser and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Coupon Chaser-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Coupon Chaser from Internet Explorer (IE)

To fully wipe out suspicious products from Internet Explorer and refresh all settings that were altered by the potentially unwanted program, continue by using these instructions.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Coupon Chaser and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Coupon Chaser removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Coupon Chaser virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Coupon Chaser-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Coupon Chaser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To eliminate all the signs related to adware, you have to perform the below-provided Mozilla Firefox cleaning process.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Coupon Chaser and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Coupon Chaser did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Coupon Chaser removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Coupon Chaser from Google Chrome

To terminate questionable extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins from your Google Chrome web browser, employing these steps might help.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Coupon Chaser by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Coupon Chaser-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Coupon Chaser removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Coupon Chaser from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Coupon Chaser and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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