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How to remove Couponarific adware

Updated on January 26, 2015

Why do you see "Ads by Couponarific"

Couponarific is adware program that got world wide distribution due to CNET.com website. This is download portal where software installers are wrapped in CNET Downloader utility that will install various ad-supported apps along with software you initially want to download and install. After installation Couponarific will start to show you ads, banners and pop-ups in all your browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

How Couponarific ads look like

How to remove Couponarific?

Well, although Couponarific affects your browsers it is not present in your browsers extensions list. It is resident module that has files in Program Files. Here is how you can remove it manually. Couponarific has Uninstall a Program entry in Control Panel > Programs and Features and this is place where you should start removal process. Filter list of installed programs by typing Couponarific in search box or ordering by name or date to locate entry. I will also recommend you to remove other unknown and suspicious programs from this list.

Remove Couponarific files and folders

Couponarific creates 3 folders in Program Files and all of them can be easily determined. In case you were unable to remove it from Add/Remove Programs here is a list of folder to remove:

  • C:\Program Files\Couponarific
  • C:\Program Files\(2-letters-named) folder
  • C:\Program Files\(randomly named folder with letters numbers and dashes) - example - C:\Program Files\eb44d328-0056-4f15-9fc1-a05e7d8194ec

Remove all files inside this folders. If you have problems removing this folders and files or you get access denied error while removing use on of the antimalware programs below.

Programs to remove Couponarific

Due to its adware activity Couponarific is detected by many antiviruses and antimalware programs as PUP.Couponarific.A or Adware.Couponarific. Here are 2 programs that will remove Couponarific from your computer 100%.

  1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - free antimalware scanner with paid active protection - Download it.
  2. Spyhunter 4 - antimalware by US company EnigmaSoftware, will ask you to pay for removal that will show you all found folders and files with paths for free to help you remove them manually - Download it.

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How to protect from such adware in future

Obviously, you already have some antivirus solution installed (AVAST, AVG, Norton, Kaspersky). And probably you had it when Couponarific infected your PC. So what should you do? Well, be careful. It is not that difficult. Don't click on banners ads in your browsers. Don't visit adult sites - they spread such things often. Or you can install additional protection - Malwarebytes AntiMalware and SpyHunter both have active protection module that will not conflict with your current antivirus. Their database is more specific to threats like adware, spyware, keyloggers.

What else? Look carefully at what you are offered during installation of ANY program. Even big one - Adobe Flash Player and Java Update can bring you Ask Toolbar - which is not very necessary. Read EULA (License Agreement), look at checkboxes and installation options. All this simple measures will help you to be free from adware and spyware.

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      James 

      3 years ago

      Very usefull - I removed it manually and used AdwCleaner to clean leftovers.

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