How to remove CouponBuilder (Virus Removal Guide)
This CouponBuilder removal guide provides steps to remove the CouponBuilder virus to get rid of ads by CouponBuilder on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, as well as to remove associated malware and adware.
What is CouponBuilder?
CouponBuilder is adware with a bad online reputation. According to various reports, this unwanted program bombards users with questionable advertisements, changes internet browser settings, installs alongside other unwanted programs that provide additional risks, and patently violates the privacy of those who find it on their computer.
What makes matters worse is the CouponBuilder virus (although not technically a computer virus) is known to bundle with additional items, including browser hijackers, trojans, and other exploits that take control of affected browsers, often causing browser redirects and other unwanted activities.
The most apparent activity of the CouponBuilder virus are pop-up advertisements that appear when users brower the web; However, Associated programs, including possibly rogue browser add-ons, and browser extensions will have permission to access user browsing data such all of a user’s activities, bookmarks, history, information users submit to websites while the programs are installed, and more. This information is then shared with associated third-parties and used to serve specificly designed targeted advertisements it feels the user is susceptible to click on based off of their activities and habits. This means if you recently purchased a ‘couch’ from an online retailer, you may notice pop-up advertisements and email promotions trying to sell you new furniture.
How to remove CouponBuilder (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.
6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings that have been changed during this infection. It can also fix system startup up settings and help uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Removal Guide
How to uninstall CouponBuilder
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).
2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).
3. In the list of installed programs, search for software titled CouponBuilder. Once the adware is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program.
How to remove CouponBuilder add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the CouponBuilder extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the CouponBuilder add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the CouponBuilder add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. If the button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.