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Remove My Coupon Storm ads (Tutorial)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

My Coupon Storm is a program that promises to deliver best online shopping offers to you. In other words, it is a basic ad-supported program (adware); however, computer experts have labeled it a potentially unwanted program (PUP), too. Are you wondering why such classification was made? Here is the answer – My Coupon Storm adware can really cause a storm of ads on your computer’s screen, and it is not going to be useful for you in any way. Some say that My Coupon Storm ads are totally worthless, and they do not even help to save money while shopping online. We decided to make a research on this program and find out how it works.

My Coupon Storm virus

Questions about My Coupon Storm ads

This is what we found – My Coupon Storm PUP is a program that can be installed either with or without user’s permission. Suspicious, isn’t it? However, we are going to talk about this in detail later on. Now, what does this program do when it enters the computer system? First of all, it places the .exe file in your system, and then it automatically adds extensions to every web browser you have installed on your computer. Next, it starts to spy on your activities online – what kind of websites do you visit, what web content are you interested in, what search terms do you type into search bars, or what kind of files do you download. Next, this adware selects particular promotional content (price comparisons, coupons, discount codes, and so on) and then delivers them to you. These ads by My Coupon Storm are going to annoyingly pop-up on your screen as banners, new window or new tab pages. However, we strongly recommend avoiding these ads as they reportedly cause redirects to third-party websites. That means you may be transferred to an entirely another page than the one you intended to visit. Take a look at this statement by the developers of this PUP:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect information when users visit our site. These companies may use information […] about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements on our site, other websites and other forms of media about goods and services of interest to you.

Keep in mind that My Coupon Storm may redirect you to insecure web sources, too. It is not liable for what kind of content its affiliates promote; you can browse these websites only at your own risk. This is exactly what you should NOT DO. We recommend removing My Coupon Storm adware as soon as possible as it can expose your PC system to numerous potential dangers. You can do that with an anti-spyware software like Reimage, or manually.

How did My Coupon Storm hijack my computer?

If you cannot recall installing this ad-supported app on your PC, you probably tend to install new programs using Default/Standard/Basic installation modes. That is a wrong way to install any kind of software. You should always aim for Custom or Advanced option because then you can see whether your software has any optional applications attached to it. There are many software bundles spread on the web, which consists of some legitimate programs and one or two potentially unwanted ones attached to them. Be aware that such software bundles may even consist of harmful programs too, so you must monitor the installation process of any program in a proper way. So once you select Advanced/Custom option, deselect all proposals to install additional software. That is all you need to do.

If you want to see a manual My Coupon Storm removal guide, jump to page 2.

My Coupon Storm removal instructions

There is no need to keep such computer parasite on your system. Not only it exposes your system to various risks, but also slows down the computer’s performance, and such software side effects are hardly desirable by PC users. If you want to get rid of interfering ads, just uninstall My Coupon Storm virus from your PC using either an anti-spyware software or the manual removal guide that is provided below. Good luck!

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To remove My Coupon Storm ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate My Coupon Storm from Windows systems

  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 My Coupon Storm and related programs
    Here, look for My Coupon Storm 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'

Delete My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm 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'

Remove My Coupon Storm from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall My Coupon Storm ads from Microsoft Edge

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, My Coupon Storm should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of My Coupon Storm from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase My Coupon Storm from Google Chrome

  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 My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm 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 My Coupon Storm removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. skybridge says:
    February 9th, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Ridiculous and useless program, I have no idea whats the point of showing fake ads. Acts like a virus…

  2. jenniffer says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Yes but I believe it also promotes sites that promote malware. Well the developers of mycouponstorm arent responsible for such threats but still, they redirect users to dangerous websites. Thats not cool

  3. crawler says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Had quite a hard time deleting this…

  4. Abbigail says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 6:13 am

    This Coupon Storm thingy really messed up my computer. I just could not do whatever I liked on the web cuz these ads continuously kept showing up. I am so happy that I have finally got rid of them. The article was really informative, thanks:)

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