Recently whenever I open my browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox, I found my homepage was changed to Aff.couploss.com strangely. And when I surf the internet, many nasty ads pop up crazily on my screen. What more destructive activities it would perform in the background? I am quiet uncomfortable with it. My antivirus seemed unable to delete it. Is there any other way to get rid of the virus?
Aff.couploss.com is a harmful browser hijacker program which is able to provide online advertising platform to gain profit for its creator. This browser hijacker has the ability to forcibly reroute the default homepage to its website and make it as default search engine as it hijacks search engine settings. It can kidnap most of the browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Every time you launch the browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, you will find your homepage has been redirected to Aff.couploss.com. It is considered a malicious hijacker program and you will encounter traffic as the annoying advertisements, banners and many other similar things are displayed on your screen. Those pop-ups are mainly unwanted links related to commercial websites which trick you to buy their useless products. It claims to enhance your viewing experience by downloading it. Don’t be tricked by it. Actually you will find new toolbar and application in your system after its installation.
Aff.couploss.com is able to consume high system resources to make the computer suffer from a degraded performance considerably. For instance, it can slow the running speed of the computer and make the computer get stuck. It replicates itself and drops many rubbish files to the computer damaging all important files as well as legitimate applications on your computer. And it can automatically disable the administrative tools like regedit, gpedit.msc and many more so as it can’t be removed later on. However, if you have a good browsing habit, you may not be taken in by them as the virus comes with free downloads and user’s will find that there are many additional options during the installation procedure. As a matter of fact, it can bypass most antivirus program’s detection and removal. If your computer has already been infected by it, it is highly recommended to remove the virus completely from your computer before this nasty stuff damages your system seriously.
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Aff.couploss.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this Aff.couploss.com completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Aff.couploss.com is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Aff.couploss.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Aff.couploss.com is created by the cyber criminals to pursue their commercial goal. Once this vermin got installed, it can throw your computer in a highly risky situation and sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts and etc are also at risk. It is impossible for you to get the search results that you need. Instead, you are redirected to some questionable websites. And if the hijacker is not deleted promptly, it may bundle with many other PC threats like trojans, spyware, malware and etc to damage your system. Actually, this browser hijacker can hide itself crafty to bypass the antivirus programs. If you want to eliminate this Aff.couploss.com hijacker, you should remove it in the effective manual way.
Published by & last updated on November 19, 2014 8:47 pm