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Remove MyCouponize virus (Removal Guide) - Dec 2017 update

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MyCouponize – a potentially dangerous program that won't help you save the money

Example of MyCouponize ads

MyCouponize is an adware program that is presented as a useful tool that can help to save money during online shopping. Once it’s installed on the Mac OS X, MyCouponize virus starts redirecting to questionable websites, flooding browsers with online ads and causing other browsing-related problems.

The adware is identical to Shoppinizer, Couponizer, and My ShopMate PUPs. MyCouponize promises to provide free coupons directly in the browser, notify about limited sales and deliver ads based on previously viewed items. However, instead of providing the best shopping offers, virus usually delivers misleading and fake shopping offers in an aggressive manner.

For the first sight, it seems that MyCouponize virus provide various discounts and price comparisons. However, once you click them, they redirect you to fake shopping sites[1] or phishing websites that are created to swindle personal information. Beware that adding your full name, email address and similar information can be extremely dangerous!

The purpose of MyCouponize adware is to generate revenue from user’s clicks. To achieve this goal, the ad-supported application tracks information about the user, such as:

  • visited websites,
  • search queries,
  • clicked ads,
  • location,
  • IP address,
  • other non-personally identifiable details.

All this data allows building user’s profile and deliver interest-based ads.[2] Besides, these details might be shared or sold to third-party advertising networks. Therefore, if you do not want to receive even more ads, you should remove MyCouponize from Chrome and other web browsers immediately.

For a full MyCouponize removal, you can choose Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware and let it terminate the adware for you. If you are not willing to install additional software (note that we highly recommend that as it will remove all malicious components from your computer), you can follow the instructions below and get rid of it manually.

The picture of MyCouponize virusMyCouponize virus delivers lots of aggressive ads that give fake or misleading shopping offers.

Distribution of the adware

The PUP is widely promoted in software packages as an optional component. During the installation of freeware, you might find this app offered to download together with a primary program. However, you can only reject its installation if you choose Advanced/Custom installation settings.

However, the adware might hijack your system when you opt for the Quick or Standard installation of the freeware. The problem is that this installation wizard does not openly disclose about third-party software and usually installs them without informing the user.

The ad-supported program mostly attacks Mac OS X users in the United States. However, users in the United Kingdom, Germany[3] or France can be in the target field as well.

Terminate MyCouponize ads from your favorite websites

In order to remove MyCouponize from Mac computer, you have to uninstall programs and browser extensions related to it. For that, you have two options – manual and automatic. Manual elimination options are provided below.

Meanwhile, automatic MyCouponize removal is performed using anti-malware/anti-spyware software. Install a reliable software, update it and run a full system scan. Within several minutes, adware will be wiped out from the system for good.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MyCouponize virus, follow these steps:

Erase MyCouponize from Windows systems

The adware mostly aims at Mac OS X users. However, if you found that it was updated and sneaked inside your Windows OS, follow these steps:

To remove MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize (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.

Get rid of MyCouponize from Mac OS X system

To get rid of MyCouponize from Mac, follow these steps. You need to uninstall all adware-related entries:

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

Remove MyCouponize from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize-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

Remove MyCouponize from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, go to add-ons and reset the browser.

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 MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete MyCouponize from Google Chrome

To remove MyCouponize from Chrome, check all extensions and remove the ones that were installed without your knowledge. Then reset the browser.

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 MyCouponize 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 MyCouponize-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 MyCouponize removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase MyCouponize from Safari

Use these guidelines to uninstall MyCouponize from the Safari:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to MyCouponize 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

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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