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Remove MyCouponsmart from Mac (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

MyCouponsmart is a potentially unwanted application designed for Mac users

MyCouponsmart adware
MyCouponsmart is a program that is considered to be undesired because it can access the information about your browsing habits.

MyCouponsmart is an ad-supported software that Mac users can download on the official website. However, in most cases, users will find the app on their devices after the installation of freeware programs. For that reason, MyCouponsmart is considered to be a potentially unwanted application. Additionally, it can also be categorized as adware, as, upon infiltration, it spams users' Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or other browsers with pop-ups, deals, offers and coupons that are not relevant. In theory, MyCouponsmart is an app which should help users to find best deals online. However, in practice, the app is nothing but junk that clutters the computer and persuades users to buy from sponsors' websites.

Name MyCouponsmart
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Related to MyShopcoupon
Claims to Offer best special offers, coupons, and deals
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive advertisements
Symptoms Delivers intrusive commercial content, causes redirects to suspicious sites
Removal

Use Reimage for system cleaning and remove MyCouponsmart 

MyCouponsmart virus is, most likely, going to access your system via deceptive techniques, like software bundling, sponsored advertisements or questionable download sites. People are tricked into thinking that the app is worth being installed on the system as it claims to be the easiest way to save the money. However, this online shopping assistant is hardly worthy of your attention as it displays deals that will bring you to MyCouponsmart sponsored websites, increasing the traffic to less known websites.

MyCouponsmart, just as MyShopcoupon, is an adware application, so it can negatively affect your macOS:

  • Adds a browser exgtension;
  • Run background processes;
  • Create folders that are difficult to remove;
  • Deliver unwanted pop-up ads and in-text links;
  • Lead to deceptive, phishing or hacked websites;
  • Cover up the background of legitimate sites, preventing from clearly viewing it.

Initially, adware applications are not malicious. However, certain practices, like an intrusive advertisement or information gathering/sharing raises concerns among cybersecurity experts. Additionally, the redirects to insecure websites make MyCouponsmart unsafe to use.

Offers and coupons or special deals by MyCouponsmart look like a useful service at first glance, especially when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are the main topics right now.[1] But this program will not give you valuable results, but instead put your privacy and online safety at risk.

You need to remove MyCouponsmart and do it as soon as possible because adware[2] can access information about your online activities. This data tracking is even addressed in the Privacy Policy of the developers' website:

We may collect some personal information that you explicitly provide (for example, in the process of registration to the Services or if you send us an email or message) and which identifies you personally, such as your name, email address, services purchased, etc. (“Personal Information”). We also collect some Personal Information that are collected in an anonymized way and do not identify you, in order to provide you with better advertisement and for tracking and anti-fraud needs, this information might include some search quires and IP address.

We also collect some non-identifying information regarding your use of our the Software, Services and Site, including but not limited to, type of device on which Software is used and installed, applications with which the Software has interacted, advertisements viewed, the type of browser you are using, the keyboard language, the URL you have come from and the time spent at that URL, and your domain type and server (“Non-Personal Information”).

The best results can be achieved by using automatic MyCouponsmart removal method since a full system scan helps you find all useless components. Besides, because adware programs tend to multiply fast, it is advisable to scan the machine thoroughly. As soon as elimination MyCouponsmart is complete, make sure to reset each of the affected browsers as explained below.

Deceptive marketing techniques help distribute PUPs

Questionable advertisements, promotional pop-ups, banners that suggest to update your software or install other apps are the most common when it comes to PUP distribution. These rogue apps enter systems without users noticing and performs changes that later affect the quality of web surfing. 

If you get your software from a questionable website and skip through the installation process, you might easily install bloatware, scareware, adware, or other PUPs. Choosing Default or Quick installation is not recommended because during an insecure process you agree to install optional components.

Researchers[3] note how important it is choosing reputable sources for your software and opting for Advanced or Custom installation options. These settings will allow you to eliminate marks on the pre-selected tick-boxes and avoid PUP infiltration.

Tips on how to get rid of MyCouponsmart adware

Since MyCouponsmart virus is a potentially unwanted program that installs without your knowledge, in most cases, you will not find it on the system quickly. 

To remove MyCouponsmart, you can use anti-malware tools to scan the system thoroughly and find components that you don't need. There is plenty of security software available for Mac users, so make sure you pick a reputable one.

Also, after MyCouponsmart removal, check the settings of your web browser and make sure to block any suspicious websites and delete all unwanted extensions. You can find a few tips on that below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MyCouponsmart, follow these steps:

Mac OS XFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Erase MyCouponsmart from Mac OS X system

Clean your system and terminate MyCouponsmart by following this guide:

  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 MyCouponsmart 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'
Mac OS XFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Remove MyCouponsmart from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Don't forget to check for browser alterations. MyCouponsmart virus may install unwanted extensions to your Firefox

  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 MyCouponsmart 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 MyCouponsmart removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall MyCouponsmart from Google Chrome

Delete all MyCouponsmart related content and reset the Chrome to default:

  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 MyCouponsmart 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 MyCouponsmart removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Mac OS XFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Get rid of MyCouponsmart 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 MyCouponsmart 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 MyCouponsmart removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Alice Woods
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