Hey there! I got a pesky program named Ads by TakeTheCoupon. Where did it come from? I have tried everything to delete this risky adware from my computer but no luck. I feel so frustrated about it. I have no idea how to clean this virus away from my computer. What should I do then? Can someone provide any suggestion for me?
Ads by TakeTheCoupon is considered as a hazardous adware infection created by cyber criminals to invade target computers. Once executed on targeted computer, it can kidnap all the browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome by changing default settings. And then your browser won’t work normally because it can add unwanted relevant extension to your browser to make some functions of the browser unable to use. It convinces users to install it by stating it is a useful program which can enhance your viewing experience. Once inside your computer, it is able to conduct destructive activities. It will annoy you by redirecting you to some malicious websites frequently, showing unwanted error messages and promoting commercial message filled with coupons and discounts from its web pages. What is more, the virus is able to track your online record to collect vital personal information and transfer them to the third party for misuse. No doubt that the Optisized.net pop-up is a potential safety threat to your privacy information.
Once dived into your computer, Ads by TakeTheCoupon is capable to make some programs in the computer inaccessible and degrade your computer’s performance seriously. And you will get tons of pop-up ads which point you to click them in order to get pay-per-click revenue when you visit any online shopping sites like eBay, Amazon. In this way the cyber criminal achieves its ultimate aim by generating revenue. Actually it may become a big potential threat to your system and your finance. If you are not careful to download any untrusted online program or open spam emails, the computer will easily be attacked by the vicious virus. It may make your computer system crash and you will lose your data if you let it stay in the computer for a long time. You should keep alert if you meet this Ads by TakeTheCoupon and remove it before it makes further damage to your computer.
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.
Ads by TakeTheCoupon 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 browser hijacker 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 Ads by TakeTheCoupon adware 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 Ads by TakeTheCoupon hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Ads by TakeTheCoupon can block you from visiting the desired websites by changing your default DNS configuration. And irritating pop-up advertisements crop up on your screen without your permission and it redirects you to questionable websites when you carry on online activities. This adware can help other infections to intrude into your computer like spyware, keyloggers which can be used to pilfer your vital personal data. Your online activities will be monitored by cyber criminals who will bring other security threats to the computer. As a result, the running speed of the infected computer is greatly affected and the page you are browsing can freeze up. Therefore, you should remove the adware manually without any delay once it is detected.
Published by & last updated on November 21, 2014 6:51 am