CouponXplorer virus (CouponXplorer Toolbar)
The CouponXplorer virus (also found as Coupon Xplorer virus, CouponXplorer Toolbar, CouponXplorer pop-up; though not technically a computer virus) is potential malware categorized as adware and a browser hijacker that installs to a Microsoft Windows computer and attaches to popular internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent. CouponXplorer adware also bundles with third-party items and other potential malware.
Once CouponXplorer is installed, the browser item will begin to replace existing internet browser settings and will appear as a Toolbar at the top of an open browser window. CouponXplorer displays unwanted pop-up advertisements, in-text ads, banner ads, and especially drop-down coupons advertisements that primarily appear from third-party adware services. CouponXplorer advertisements are usually accompanied by CouponXplorer Toolbar and third-party items and often drop down from the Toolbar or third-party item at the top of the browser window.
CouponXplorer and third-parties may claim the internet user has a certain amount of coupons relating to the visited retail website such as Walmart, Kayack, ebay, and others. If a link, advertisement, offer, or coupon promoted by CouponXplorer malware is clicked it will be applied to the visited website. This may be in order to collect personal purchase information from users.
Furthermore CouponXplorer and other unwanted applications may violate user privacy by collecting and distributing sensitive user information without direct consent. CouponXplorer malware and third-party items have been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported excessive email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent internet browsing activity.
The CouponXplorer add-on and extension has the permission to access all data on your computer and the websites you visit.
CouponXplorer adware and similar unwanted bloatware can ruin a computer’s functionality and internet browsing experience (often associated with unwanted browser redirections and start ups to Ask.com).
How does CouponXplorer malware get onto a computer?
CouponXplorer often bundles with third-party freeware and shareware. In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install CouponXplorer adware and other items with wanted products; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a confusing manner and CouponXplorer software will install without permission.
CouponXplorer adware can also be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of sources including www.couponxplorer.com. Manually installing CouponXplorer will allow the item to install or utilize third-party services and users may notice advertisements relating to a third-party item that has not been introduced to the system.
The unwanted adware platform may also hide inside third-party software and can be contracted from suspicious advertisements, email spam, torrents, etc.
How to remove CouponXplorer adware
- Automatically remove CouponXplorer – Scan for and automatically remove CouponXplorer and third-party malware
- Manually remove CouponXplorer – Remove/Uninstall CouponXplorer software and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic CouponXplorer removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove CouponXplorer adware and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall CouponXplorer adware (CouponXplorer Toolbar) and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid 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 CouponXplorer and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for CouponXplorer, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual CouponXplorer removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall CouponXplorer adware and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall CouponXplorer
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for CouponXplorer and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that CouponXplorer may use a different title name and hide inside third-party software.
How to remove CouponXplorer add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove CouponXplorer add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the CouponXplorer extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the CouponXplorer 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 CouponXplorer add-on and remove it if located.