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Remove Couponizer ads (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

How should I react to Couponizer ads?

We advise you to stay away from Couponizer virus because it is an untrustworthy ad-supported Mac adware[1]. Adware-type programs can be extremely annoying, especially because they tend to slow down the computer. When we visited the official Couponizer website, we immediately noticed that it is a copy of other adware programs that target Mac users – ShoppyTool, SurfMate or My ShopMate. Just like its predecessors, Couponizer claims to be a tool for smart online shoppers that can provide targeted ads and coupon codes and enhance user’s shopping experience[2]. However, we advise you to stay away from this shopping assistant because it hardly can help you save time or cash while shopping online. Be aware that clicking on such ads can lead you to shady third-party websites that might contain hazardous links, ads, or simply inappropriate content[3]. Visiting such sites increases chances to compromise your PC unexpectedly as well as put your privacy at risk. Therefore, we highly recommend trying Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for Couponizer removal. You can remove Couponizer by yourself as well; however, the automatic tool detects spyware and malware related files much faster and easier. Therefore, if you have no time to spend on studying Couponizer removal instructions, choose the automatic removal option.

Couponizer adwareOur team member shows some examples of Couponizer ads. If your Mac acts sluggish and if Couponizer ads appear on your screen - better start looking for Couponizer adware in your computer system and remove it! If you thought that Mac OS is resistant to viruses, you were wrong[4]. The described adware program can not only turn your computer into a tool that serves third-party offers on a daily basis but also collect information about your activity online. After reading the Privacy Policy of this program, we discovered that it collects user’s search queries, IP address and advertisements viewed, as well as other browsing-related information. Couponizer adware ostensibly needs such information to provide the victim with “customized content,” however, we are afraid that you might not be satisfied with the amount of “customized content” that you are going to get after Couponizer hijack.

How did I get infected with this adware?

Adware programs can easily sneak into your computer system when installing different programs[5]. Software that is free usually suggests installing third-party programs, and this is just one of the ways how software developers make money. Sadly, not all of suggested programs are safe to use; you can easily end up installing spyware-type programs that display a lot of pop-up advertisements or change your browser’s homepage without telling you first. To install applications safely, try to stick with Custom/Advanced settings when installing new programs. This configuration will give you an opportunity to review bundled programs and refuse to install them if you don’t want them. All you have to do is to deselect ticks from checkboxes next to suggestions to install “recommended software.”

How can I remove Couponizer?

If Couponizer ads bother you on a daily basis, you shouldn’t tolerate them. These ads are hardly useful and can simply redirect you to dangerous Internet pages, so if you can, remove Couponizer virus a soon as possible. You may want to use instructions prepared by our team and delete the adware manually or just use anti-malware software and let it take care of Couponizer removal automatically.

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To remove Couponizer ads, follow these steps:

Remove Couponizer from Mac OS X system

Couponizer adware tends to attack Mac users only. So if your Mac OS was infected, follow these steps to remove Couponizer virus for good.

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

Remove Couponizer from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Couponizer-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 Couponizer, 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 Couponizer and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Couponizer-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Couponizer from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Couponizer 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 Couponizer removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Couponizer ads 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 Couponizer-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

Eliminate Couponizer from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Fix Firefox by deleting all extensions that came with Couponizer.

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 Couponizer 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 Couponizer 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 Couponizer removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Couponizer from Google Chrome

Check Chrome for suspicious browser extensions. If you can find anything related to Couponizer, delete it.

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 Couponizer 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 Couponizer-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 Couponizer removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Couponizer 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 Couponizer 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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  1. Janett says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Couponizer ads were the worst. Im glad I got rid of this adware!

  2. Felix says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Couponizer malware is stuck in my computer and i cannot get rid of it!

  3. terry says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Just removed Couponizer. Thanks!!

  4. 005 says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks… Ive been looking for a tutorial on how to remove this parasite 🙂

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