How to remove CouponDropDown (Virus Removal Guide)

CouponDropDownWhat is CouponDropDown?

CouponDropDown (also known as Coupon Drop Down, CouponDropDown virus) is an advertising platform and adware that serves pop-up advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Advertisements produced by CouponDropDown usually say something similar to “click to continue by CouponDropDown” or “Ads by CouponDropDown” on them.

Coupon Drop Down adware uses in-text advertisements similar to Text Enhance and primarily bundles with other unwanted programs, malware, and potentially malicious files, including FB Photo Zoom and other third party add-ons and extensions.

Ads by CouponDropDown

The CouponDropDown extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

CouponDropDown adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install CouponDropDown adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, CouponDropDown and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

How to remove CouponDropDown (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove CouponDropDown add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall CouponDropDown

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for CouponDropDown and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Remove CouponDropDown malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and 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.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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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.

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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.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential CouponDropDown malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

Jacob is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Jacob's content has been featured in numerous publications.

121 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    had to disable Shockwave Flash Object – Adobe Systems INC. Annoyance GONE!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I deleted yealt.dll from C:\Windows\SYSTEM32 – closed IE first.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I tried various things but the only one that worked was removing Web assistant, which was installed with Incredibar, neither of which I accepted.

  4. Wolfie says:

    Thank you for the information.

    I removed the web assistant from extensions as well and that did the trick.

  5. Delaini says:

    thanks absolutely so much. was the most annoying thing..

  6. Anonymous says:

    OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…Mine was IB Updater, Yontoo, Updater by sweetpacks at the same damn time so you can imagine what i was going through but after unstalling them coupondropdown was gone.. You are the best i am forever greatful :0

  7. Jenny says:

    deleted “IB Updater” from extensions on google chrome and didn’t have any more problems

  8. Mike says:

    Thank you! My extension was “Updater by Sweetpacks ” I deleted it off firefox by going to Tools and off my PC using the Add/Remove program.

  9. sheraz says:

    Thank you very much for this great help.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Mine was (IB Updater) get rid

  11. Anonymous says:

    I got rid of web assistant from the extensions and then I reopened google chrome. coupondropdown was gone 🙂 Thank you so much for your help.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks. It seems that an ‘Updater’ extension was doing it to me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    i hate this

  14. Bharat says:

    Thanks very Much

  15. George Woods says:

    Thanks you so much, I didnt have a clue what was going on and since I have an old laptop, the flash ads meant streaming videos was a nightmare. Once again thanks a lot bro!!

  16. Destiny says:

    Well, I suppose I’ll go disable Freecorder if that’s the problem. That’s a shame. I love Freecorder..

  17. Glenn says:

    Thanks, Cleared freecorder add ons and cookies. No more coupon drop down or unwanted search engine.

    Still got freecorder, could they return if I continue to use it?
    Great article.

  18. AparnaL says:

    1clickdownloader was doing it! Uninstalled it! Thank you very much!

  19. ace576 says:

    Note that coupondropdown now also poses as legitimate sounding add-ons. Try enabling and disabling one by one to see which is the cause.
    Coupondropdown was posing as ‘google update’ on my browser.

  20. Jeff says:

    Thank you! “Freecorder” was the culprit. Just had to remove the program. Cheers!

  21. yusran.y says:

    Thanks for the advice dude. It turned out to be Putlocker Downloader add-on. Pretty irritating.

  22. mtwellington says:

    Thanks for your help. It was FreeHDSport that was the culprit. Dont even know how it got there?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your help!!!

    • Grclee says:

      O My, I tried to remove Ads CouponDropDown for a long time and followed another instruction using free malware programs. But still had the problem until removing Thanks you so much. I don’t see young Asian girls asking for icky things any more!!

  24. Courtnee' says:

    Clearing my cache worked 🙂

    Thanks so much for this article!

  25. muddassir says:

    OMFG Thank you Soo much! I had like all these disgusting ads on my youtube browser :/ with like 50 year old women asking for dates chilling on my desktop with bikinis and shit my parents got so mad, they thought I was doing some very innapropriate… but thank you so much just had to disable putlocker from google chrome!


  26. Stan says:

    just felt I’d add from my experience, I had this coupondropdown but it was under “yontoo” which had a bunch of internet crap I didnt want

  27. Milkad says:

    Thank you!!!! O.M.G. THANK YOU!!!!

  28. E. says:

    Putlocker did it, which I discovered by accident when doing a routine clearout. 24 hours later it was back. Turned out to be TornTV the second time, as mentioned in other comments. I never downloaded or installed either of them.

  29. AnneCbxl says:

    Thank you!

  30. Michael L'Athorn says:

    TornTV can also be responsible for this. Removing TornTV from Chrome got rid of the CouponDropDown pest as well.

  31. S.G. says:

    Thank You! It was something called “TornTV” for me. Great how to site. Thanks again.

  32. OdaO (@OdaO) says:

    Hallelujah! I just got rid of the horrid Coupon drop down, by removing my recently installed/updated(don’t recall which) FLASH PLAYER!!

    I really could not believe Flash Player could be the sinner, but being my only recent installment, I had to take the chance, and removed it!

    Instantly, all my troubles with Coupon drop down(with all these ads from women offering their services.. ugh!) were gone!!

    • OdaO (@OdaO) says:

      PS. It also affected all the links in whatever page I visited, the same phone-ad popped up every time, and unabled the link, really.

      I will still need a plug-in like Flash player, but which other are there? Will the malware follow again if I uplode Flash, or was I unlucky the first time? I do not remember if my newly uploded Windows protection program were uploded before or after Flash, but no malware was detected on my computer, even right before I chose to remove Flash. I wonder why?

      I guess I must dare to try uploding Flash again.. but not just yet!

      • OdaO (@OdaO) says:

        Ten more days of coupon drop dead hell.. and finally I found the last culprit of the PutLocker Downloader, in the Firefox Add-ons, when I clicked on ‘Tools’ (basic yes, but I was too exhausted to see beyond removing programs)
        Thank you so much!!!<3 Your recipe over here did it!

    • mr. flintstone says:

      Thanks! I did also update my Flash player and this is how it got in. I lived with the friggin adware for over a month.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Thank you – it was 1clickdownloader and Yontoo

  34. Anonymous says: for me – thks.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thank You! Finally I dont have to get adds asking me (50 year old woman) if i want a young asian or russian girlfriend on FB!

  36. Raz says:

    Thank you! Only had it for a day or so, but was irritating.

  37. chamgu says:

    Thanks Mate! Worked perfect. Unethical bstrds infiltrated my computer for few cents

  38. Mo'ayad says:

    Thanks a lot. It was FB Photo Zoom

  39. Anonymous says:

    thanks a lot

  40. Fuzzy Simpson says:

    I have been trying to get rid of Coupon Dropdown for months! Thank you, 1 click downloader was the culprit for me! Thank you, Thank you Thank you!

  41. Jonny says:

    Thank you, it was bloody FB Zoom I’d disabled it a while back to see if it was the problem and it didn’t help now that I deleted it its gone thanks 😀

  42. john doe says:

    thanks mate, I have no idea what caused it,,,but it’s gone! Many thanks!

  43. Anonymous says:

    YEP!!! FB Photo Zoom was my culprit as well! Damn U Facebook!!!

  44. Susana says:

    I was trying to fix this for a while! Had no idea to think about that FBPhotoZoom thing but thats what it was on my laptop! Finally got rid of that annoying malware! Thank you so much!

  45. Vascoo Breitenfeld says:

    Mine was FBPhotozoom

  46. Anonymous says:

    oneclickdownloader for me too

  47. Henry says:

    Thank you very much. Mine is FBPHOTOZOOM

  48. Anonymous says:

    oneclickdownloader for me …

  49. Anonymous says:

    FB Photo Zoom was my culprit!

  50. Sean Doyle says:

    Thank you for your comments concerning FreeHDSport.

  51. Patrick says:

    Mine was as well. My Norton didn’t pick up up either. Thanks guys (and Sean).

  52. jrf773 says:

    Yeah, this annoying shit just started popping up and I downloaded like 6 or 7 malware scanners and did full system scans. None of them turned up anything related to this dog turd program. 1 click download and install was the culprit.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I was getting this as well in Firefox. As suggested by others below, it turned out to be that had bundled it into my browser; I’ve removed this extension and coupondropdown has gone.
    Worryingly I did run a virus scan with my AV (TrendMicro) but it didn’t detect this.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Also bundled with FreeHDSport.TV on google chrome — disabled it and coupondropdown went away. Did not have it when I initially installed FreeHDSport.TV so as others have said, an extension can be updated with “features” that you do not want.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Seems that CDD is a US located business. Why not take them to court for a 100 million or more for interupting our privacy?

  56. Anonymous says:

    It was OneClickDownloader and FBPhotoZoom for me, removed them, waiting to see if it worked 🙂

  57. Anonymous says:

    Cheers, this happened to me before & I couldn’t remember what I did to remove it so thanks. It was attached to freeHDSports & disappeared as soon as I removed it.

  58. Anonymous says:


  59. Ricky says:

    Thank you Anonymous, as soon as I deleted freeHDSports it sorted my problem out.

  60. Anonymous says:

    FreeHDSports or something similar extension for chrome also has been known to carry it.

  61. Blue Cat Eyes says:

    Thank you! I think the recycle bin helped, but doing everything else didn’t hurt either. You’re awesome!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Thanks!!! That
    1 clickdownloader!!!

  63. anon says:

    thank you. I had 1clickdownloader and yontoo as programmes which I have now uninstalled.

  64. B.Phoenix says:

    It was OneClickDownloader for me…I removed it and problem solved! Many thanks!!!

  65. Thanks Sir, This help me a lot

  66. Anonymous says:

    sayenizde sorundan kurtuldum… Teşekkürler !!

  67. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mr Doyle

  68. rory says:

    thanks Sean I had oneclick downloader there too

  69. Constanza says:

    Gracias! El culpable era 1ClickDownloader

  70. MAXI SCK says:

    era OneClickDownload 1.2 en mi caso! gracias

  71. maxi says:

    Thank you so much!1 click downoader was the problem!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much! Mine was in Firefox, 1ClickDownloader extension and I also used Malware Bytes and MSE which didn’t pick up anything.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! Your step-by-step method, along with the commenter’s pointed-out add ons, was infallible. I got rid of Coupon Drop Down on stage 4.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Sean, and commenters! I couldn’t recall installing coupondropdown and was a little scared that I had malware, but then I remembered that I installed OneClickDownload to watch a video or something. Solid work, you guys!

  75. Anonymous says:

    Thx, thx, thx! Removed Yontoo and OneClickDowload from my extensions in Firefox…

  76. Anonymous says:

    Thank you 🙂

  77. OneClickDToo says:

    Jupjup, OneClickDowload seemed to be my problem too. Thanks to everyone of you! I used a Spybot first, that worked, but it came back. I hope it’s permanently fixed now.

  78. Melissa says:

    I also found it under the OneClickDownloader on Google Chrome.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Remove Yontoo as well

  80. Anonymous says:

    Hello. Thanks a lot. I cannot find this problem for a while, but now i deleted OneClickDowloader from my Firefox and everything is good. )))

  81. Anonymous says:

    thank you SO much! CDD was gone after i trashed the oneclickdownload extension on chrome too.

  82. Lindsey Fairbrother says:

    Thanks for this, I deleted 3 of 4 extensions in Chrome, ad CDD disappeared. Good riddance.

    This reminds me of Microsoft’s attempt to milk the internet with “MSSmartTags” – you get bothered by ads while Microsoft makes money.

  83. kahanf says:

    Like two previous posters, and unaware of their success, I stumbled on FBPhotoZoom to be the culprit only after following all conventional solutions: Firefox in safe mode, scan with Malwarebytes, Security Esssentials & Stinger, none of which found anything amiss. Only after trial and error disabling of non-Mozilla extensions did I finally pin down the offender!

  84. lilfordzy2010 says:

    thank you for the advice happy now i got it from ares 1.8

  85. Bexen Campos says:

    Only thing that worked for me was removing FBPhotoZoom extension from chrome

  86. Mary Evans says:

    Thanks very much for your advice. I was getting these ads all over the place, especially EVERYWHERE on my Facebook! I checked my programmes in the control panel, nothing obvious, so went to the ‘tools’ in google chrome and found 3 extensions
    one being ‘1 click downloader’, and the other 2 had no title that read in English so I binned them all!!!!! Just been back to check and everything’s fine and back to normal, so thanks everyone (some tips i found in the comments), great advice 🙂

  87. Earl says:

    This ad coupon thing was driving me crazy seeing those pop-ups knowing they shouldn’t be there. I ran my spyware remover and still no results but these comments were a big help I also found the problem in my firefox ad ons by clicking the options key. An ad-on called one click download I disabled it and that seemed to work. Judging from the timing of these comments we are gettin hit around the same time maybe thers something going around

  88. jhjhjhhj says:

    Thank You! This has been driving me crazy! Indeed, another here fixed by removing FB Photozoom!

  89. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I had this problem and followed your steps until it was fixed.

    As an FYI it seems my problem was with Java (TM) Platform SE 6 U31 6.0.310.5

    Had to disable from the Add-ons Manager in Firefox. Problem Solved!

  90. :-) says:

    Thanks a lot !! Tonight I could find solutions to flush out this crap, well hidden in the google extensions.
    Thanks for this comprehensive article and for all those who have posted in the comments. Ads CouponDropDown was well hidden. The only way to delete it, was to find and destroy a folder in program files and keys in the Windows registry.
    Désolée pour mon anglais, en français ça aurait été plus facile !
    Merci encore.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I finally found it hidden in the FB Photozoom extension. I tried everything!

  92. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much. I had tried everything and had read several sites all saying to uninstall. Problem was that the program didn’t exist in my list. You were the first one to use the word “extensions” for Firefox. I found a few suspicious extensions in that list, removed them and at least for now, the problem seems to have been solved.

  93. Adrian says:

    Hi I am a Chrome user. But I do not seem to have the CouponDropDown extensions in my list. I do have the annoying CouponDropDown in-text advertising though.

    Any suggestions?

    thanks and regards

    • Sean Doyle says:

      Check for other add-ons and extensions affecting your system and remove them. Even though you notice CouponDD in text links, the advertisements may have bundled with third party browser helper objects as many ad platforms do.

      I forgot to add that add this information in the article. Thanks for the reminder.

      Text Enhance – Very similar infection.

      • Adrian says:

        Thanks for your reply. I gave Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Security Essentials a spin, and luckily this resulted in a CDD-free system.

        • manak says:

          You have to check third party add-on or extension. Many Chrome users use Facebook photo zoom extension. Check you installed ‘FBPhotoZoom’ (facebook photo zoom extension). If you did remove it.

          • Mahmut says:

            Thanks Manak!
            Removing FBPHOTOZOOM extension helped to silence the Ad popups. Apparently Coupondropdown adware infects another extensions on Google Chrome to survive. I plan to re-installed FBphotozoom extension later. So far virus software are unable to detect this malware.

    • Anonymous says:

      I had the same problem. It is probably hidden in the FB Photozoom extension. That’s where mine was hidden. I unchecked the box for FB Photozoom and the ads went away.

    • Anonymous says:

      My was hidden in OneClickDownload extension… I disabled it and everything was gone… 🙂

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