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Remove CouponXplorer Toolbar (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Tutorial

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Is CouponXplorer Toolbar a useful application?

CouponXplorer Toolbar is a browser extension[1] developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. However, cyber security specialists classified it as a potentially dangerous program (PUP). One of the reasons why it was put in the PUP category is distribution method. Nevertheless, it has an official website that offers a download link; this application might also sneak inside the system bundled with freeware or shareware.[2] For this reason, many computer users call it CouponXplorer virus. However, we want to point out that this program is nor a virus neither malicious itself. In the EULA[3] developers reveal that their products might travel bundled with third-party programs, as well as their products might be installed along with other programs. Thus, in order to avoid them, you need to learn how to install software correctly. It’s important to opt for Advanced installation mode and opt out all suggested additional programs. Thus, if you failed to do that, now you have to remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from the computer. There’s no need to keep a questionable app on the computer that might fill your browser with commercial content.

The official website claims that this tool offers free printable coupons for popular sites. What is more, users are also encouraged to install it and try other useful features. One of those features is search engine. After CouponXplorer hijack, you might find this search engine as your homepage and new tab URL address. Using this search engine is not recommended as well. It is suspected to alter search results and include sponsored links into search results page. Apart from that, this application might deliver an excessive amount of third-party advertisements. They might look appealing because this program tracks information about the users and allow third-party tracking cookies. According to the Privacy Policy, CouponXplorer Toolbar might collect information about visited websites, time spent there, search queries, clicked ads, IP address, email, etc. Not only this data is used to create and provide personalized ads,[4] but also it might be shared with third-party websites. Bear in mind that they might be advertisers and advertising networks; thus, your browser might crash due to the excessive amount of discount coupons, special offers, and other commercial content.[5] Hence, we highly recommend scanning the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and performing the CouponXplorer removal.

Questions about CouponXplorer Toolbar

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CouponXplorer Toolbar might get inside bundled with freeware and shareware.

How is it possible that this program sneaked inside the system without my knowledge?

As we already mentioned in the beginning, CouponXplorer browser hijacker has an official website that has a download link. What is more, users can download it from the Google Play store as well. What is more, various survey websites also promotes this program. However, there’s a third distribution method – bundling. This method allows attacking this program as an extra component in the software package. Thus, when users install freeware or shareware under Basic or Recommended settings, all additional applications are installed by default. In order to avoid that, you need to install new programs under Advanced/Custom settings and opt out third-party apps. If you already made this mistake, you might have already experienced unpleasant CouponXplorer redirect problems, became annoyed by the excessive amount of ads, and started dreaming about switching back to your old search engine. Thus, do not hesitate and learn how to get rid of this program below!

How can I remove CouponXplorer virus from the computer?

First of all, such thing as CouponXplorer virus does not exist. It’s a potentially unwanted program that you have accidentally installed. Now, you need to remove it just like any other program. If you have installed this app on your own, you should not encounter any problems with its removal. Though, if it came bundled with other programs, you should look for other PUPs and uninstall them as well. Manual CouponXplorer removal instructions are presented below. Please follow them carefully. Additionally, you can install a reputable anti-malware or anti-spyware program. Security tools should help to remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from the computer with other potentially unwanted programs that might have been installed too.

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To remove CouponXplorer Toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall CouponXplorer Toolbar from Windows systems

The guidelines below will help you to remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from the Control Panel. We also recommend looking for other applications that might have been installed without your knowledge.

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for CouponXplorer Toolbar 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'
  5. Remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate CouponXplorer Toolbar from Mac OS X system

Follow the steps below to remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from the Mac OS X.

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar 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'

Erase CouponXplorer Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

From the Internet Explorer remove CouponXplorer Toolbar and other unknown add-ons. 

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar 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 CouponXplorer Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove CouponXplorer Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

After CouponXplorer Toolbar hijack, reset Microsoft Edge as shown below.

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, CouponXplorer Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete CouponXplorer Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of extensions remove CouponXplorer Toolbar. Also, look for other extensions developed by Mindspark and uninstall them too.

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete CouponXplorer Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of CouponXplorer Toolbar from Google Chrome

The instructions below will help you to fix Google Chrome after the hijack. Make sure you remove all questionable extensions from the browser!

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete CouponXplorer Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall CouponXplorer Toolbar from Safari

In order to remove CouponXplorer browser hijacker from entirely, you need to uninstall questionable entries from the Safari and reset its settings.

  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 CouponXplorer Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by CouponXplorer Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 CouponXplorer Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Caddie says:
    March 17th, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I saw this toolbar on my browser and I still have no idea how and when it appeared there. Fortunately, I removed it within several minutes.

  2. Dasha says:
    March 17th, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Thanks for the good instructions. I managed to uninstall this hijacker. I am happy now!

  3. Eliora says:
    March 17th, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I saw this toolbar on my mothers computer. She did not know how it appeared there. Though, she also noticed increased amount of ads and complained about replaced homepage. Thanks to your instructions, I fixed my mothers PC! You did a great job!

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