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.

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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

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comments ( 121 )

  1. ReplyAnonymous
    had to disable Shockwave Flash Object - Adobe Systems INC. Annoyance GONE!!!!
  2. ReplyAnonymous
    I deleted yealt.dll from C:\Windows\SYSTEM32 - closed IE first.
  3. ReplyAnonymous
    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. ReplyWolfie
    Thank you for the information. I removed the web assistant from extensions as well and that did the trick.
  5. ReplyDelaini
    thanks absolutely so much. was the most annoying thing..
  6. ReplyAnonymous
    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. ReplyJenny
    deleted "IB Updater" from extensions on google chrome and didn't have any more problems
  8. ReplyMike
    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. Replysheraz
    Thank you very much for this great help.
  10. ReplyAnonymous
    Mine was (IB Updater) get rid
  11. ReplyAnonymous
    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.
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      You're very welcome and thank you for the information concerning the mentioned extension.
  12. ReplyAnonymous
    Thanks. It seems that an 'Updater' extension was doing it to me.
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      You're welcome. Thank you for the information in regards to the 'Updater' extension.
  13. ReplyAnonymous
    i hate this
  14. ReplyBharat
    Thanks very Much
  15. ReplyGeorge Woods
    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. ReplyDestiny
    Well, I suppose I'll go disable Freecorder if that's the problem. That's a shame. I love Freecorder..
  17. ReplyGlenn
    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. ReplyAparnaL
    1clickdownloader was doing it! Uninstalled it! Thank you very much!
  19. Replyace576
    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.
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      Thank you for your comment. We have previously written about the Google Update virus here:
  20. ReplyJeff
    Thank you! "Freecorder" was the culprit. Just had to remove the program. Cheers!
    • ReplyLauren
      Freecorder was also the culprit for me. I'm so glad to finally get rid of the annoying ads!
      • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
        Thank you Lauren and Jeff. The information is appreciated.
  21. Replyyusran.y
    Thanks for the advice dude. It turned out to be Putlocker Downloader add-on. Pretty irritating.
  22. Replymtwellington
    Thanks for your help. It was FreeHDSport that was the culprit. Dont even know how it got there?
    • ReplyJobu
      Same here... FreeHDSport
  23. ReplyAnonymous
    Thanks for your help!!!
    • ReplyGrclee
      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. ReplyCourtnee'
    Clearing my cache worked :) Thanks so much for this article!
  25. Replymuddassir
    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! VERY HELPFUL!
  26. ReplyStan
    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
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  28. ReplyMilkad
    Thank you!!!! O.M.G. THANK YOU!!!!
  29. ReplyE.
    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.
  30. ReplyAnneCbxl
    Thank you!
  31. ReplyMichael L'Athorn
    TornTV can also be responsible for this. Removing TornTV from Chrome got rid of the CouponDropDown pest as well.
  32. ReplyS.G.
    Thank You! It was something called "TornTV" for me. Great how to site. Thanks again.
  33. ReplyOdaO (@OdaO)
    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!!
    • ReplyOdaO (@OdaO)
      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!
      • ReplyOdaO (@OdaO)
        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!
    • Replymr. flintstone
      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.
  34. ReplyAnonymous
    Thank you - it was 1clickdownloader and Yontoo
  35. ReplyAnonymous for me - thks.
    • ReplyAnonymous
      THANK YOU - you are the only one online that pointed out it was the! Worked for me!
    • ReplyJJ for me too ... Finally rid of it now ... I can browse in peace again :-)
    • ReplyAnonymous
      Thank you so much man! The same here with me! No more annoying ads!
  36. ReplyAnonymous
    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!
  37. ReplyRaz
    Thank you! Only had it for a day or so, but was irritating.
  38. Replychamgu
    Thanks Mate! Worked perfect. Unethical bstrds infiltrated my computer for few cents
  39. ReplyMo'ayad
    Thanks a lot. It was FB Photo Zoom
  40. ReplyAnonymous
    thanks a lot
  41. ReplyFuzzy Simpson
    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!
  42. ReplyJonny
    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 :D
  43. Replyjohn doe
    thanks mate, I have no idea what caused it,,,but it's gone! Many thanks!
  44. ReplyAnonymous
    YEP!!! FB Photo Zoom was my culprit as well! Damn U Facebook!!!
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      Haha, it's not Facebook's fault. FB Photo Zoom is a third party BHO.
  45. ReplySusana
    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!
  46. ReplyVascoo Breitenfeld
    Mine was FBPhotozoom thanks
    • ReplyAnonymous
      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1clickdownloader on my extensions!!!