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Remove CouponUnity ads (Improved Guide) - Apr 2017 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

What should you know about CouponUnity ads?

CouponUnity ads might seem useful, interesting and impressive. They provide various shopping deals, discounts, and might look like a great tool that helps to save a couple of dollars during online shopping. However, the reason you started seeing pop-ups, banners and other types of ads having a label “CouponUnity” it might be a sign that your computer is infected with an adware program. This ad-supported application is promoted as a helpful and reliable shopping assistant. Users might install this browser plug-in directly and indirectly. As soon as CouponUnity adware is installed on the device, it starts tracking users’ browsing habits and generates interest-based ads. In most cases, such programs are ad-supported[1] and sponsored by third-party companies, and might use you as a tool to generate web traffic for dubious websites (it means you probably are not going to get any real money saving deals at all). We highly recommend CouponUnity removal if you do not want to encounter malware[2] or suffer from a phishing attack.[3] One click on these ads might lead to hazardous consequences.

This ad-supported program belongs to the infamous group of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These applications usually pretend to be useful programs when in reality the only aim of them is to advertise their partners and gain pay-per-click income. This is exactly how CouponUnity works. Although it might seem that this program actually brings exceptional shopping deals, and they are even related to the products that you have recently searched online, this application is a computer parasite that should be removed ASAP. Do you know why this program brings such good deals that look attractive to you? Well, CouponUnity virus is capable of gathering data like your recent search queries, downloads, browsing history, IP address, computer geolocation and so on. Based on this information, this shady software selects specific ads and sends them to you. However, marketing reasons are not the only case how aggregated data might be used. Details about you might also be shared or sold to third-parties and other advertising networks or platforms. As a result, you might see even more commercial content or deal with other privacy-related issues.[4] Thus, you should remove CouponUnity immediately using reputable anti-malware program, for example Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Questions about CouponUnity ads

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CouponUnity ads might offer various shopping deals; however, clicking on them might lead to the malware attack.

You might receive ads by CouponUnity in the form of pop-ups, banners, and in-text hyperlinks. Now, we would like to give the most important tip for you. DO NOT click on these advertisements. Most of them are not going to lead you to the website that offers a great deal; instead, you might end up on a dubious third-party site, which might be dangerous.[5] Such websites can offer you programs to download for free; do not accept such offers, because there is a slight chance that you might download an infected file. Therefore, if you already installed this CouponUnity browser extension, you should delete it from your browser immediately. If you noticed an increased amount of these ads, you should check your computer’s security using professional security tools and remove and remove all spyware and malware from it.

How could this application end up on my computer?

So-called CouponUnity virus is spread via bundling method, which means that it travels around the web together with other free programs as an attachment. This is why you have to be super careful when you install software on your computer – in most cases, no one notifies the PC user about such additional attachments. The only way to reveal information about their existence is to investigate carefully Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents that can be found on the selected program’s installation setup. Moreover, when you install freeware, choose the right settings to install it correctly. Opt out the traditional Standard, Basic, or Default installation modes and opt for Custom or Advanced instead. Then you can deselect the suggestions to install optional apps and finish the installation process. If CouponUnity hijack has already occurred, you should take some actions right now. Besides, don’t forget these tips when installing new software next time. It will prevent from other inconveniences caused by PUPs.

How can I get rid of CouponUnity ads?

There’s no doubt that you should get rid of the adware program which is responsible for delivering these unreliable ads. We have briefly talked about possibly dangerous CouponUnity redirect tendencies and problems related to data tracking. Thus, it’s two main reasons why you should not keep this browser extension installed on the system. For doing that, you have two options – the manual removal technique and the automatic removal technique. Needless to say, the automatic elimination mode is easier, safer, and quicker to apply. You can use any of our recommended programs (which are listed below) for CouponUnity removal. It’s the best option to check your computer and get rid of other suspicious entries that might be also residing on the system. Alternatively, you can try to remove adware manually. Unfortunately, this method is harder to apply, and it also does not secure your computer in advance – it is good just for one time. Decide which removal method suits you the best and remove CouponUnity ads.

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To remove CouponUnity ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of CouponUnity from Windows systems

CouponUnity ads are caused by the adware program that comes in a form of a browser extension. Thus, you need to find this ad-supported program, delete it from the Control Panel, and then fix your browser.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall CouponUnity and related programs
    Here, look for CouponUnity or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall CouponUnity from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for CouponUnity or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate CouponUnity from Internet Explorer (IE)

From the list of add-ons, remove CouponUnity and other questionable entries. Then, reset IE settings as shown below.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for CouponUnity and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete CouponUnity removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove CouponUnity ads from Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge might have suffered from the CouponUnity virus. Thus, it needs to be fixed. Follow the steps below to reset browser’s settings and remove all shady extensions.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, CouponUnity should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase CouponUnity from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Open the list of Extensions. Look for the CouponUnity add-on and other unknown entries that might have been installed to Mozilla Firefox. Uninstall all questionable extensions that might be related to this adware. Then, reset browser’s settings in order to browse the web normally again.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select CouponUnity and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete CouponUnity removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete CouponUnity from Google Chrome

After CouponUnity hijack, you need to check Google Chrome’s extensions. The list of them might be expanded by unknown add-ons, extensions and other tools. Once you do that, you should also reset browser’s settings in order to delete the virus entirely.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select CouponUnity and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete CouponUnity removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of CouponUnity from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for CouponUnity or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete CouponUnity removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. rende586 says:
    December 13th, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    So I was shopping on Ebay when this stupid ad came up in front of my face. Well, it showed a great deal on a bag that I was looking for such a long time, so of course I clicked on the ad! Guess what, ended up on a site that asked to install a flash player update, so as a result, I am infected with even more adware now. Thanks for nothing, CouponUnity.

  2. Izyde says:
    December 13th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    cyber threat, do not trust these ads that offer you amazing deals, they are nothing but crap that needs your click in order to get money…

  3. ads suck says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I completely agree with you. Useless app. However, I have already removed it with an anti-spyware that i have

  4. Freida1990 says:
    December 13th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    SpyHunter removed this for me. And thanks God!

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