Every time you use your web browser such as Google Chrome, Edge and so on to surf the internet, you are presented the domain of Search.couponsimplified.com. On this occasion, you should get alert because that means your PC is now infected with a kind of virus called browser hijacker. The virus itself does not pose too many threats, while it is reported that more severe malwares or viruses will be introduced if it manages to stay long enough on the victim’s system. So it is recommended to delete the virus as fast as you can any time you find it on your computer.
The Search.couponsimplified.com looks like a useful program that is advertised to be able to help save both money and time by providing the best coupons and deal offers to the online shoppers. As a matter of fact, experts and victims do not agree with that at all. It is not known whether you can get the best coupons and deals. It is sure you will experience such forms of advertisements as banner, contextual ads, and pop-up. Even when you try to open a new tab, you will be presented a page with ads on it.
Usually it is on e-commerce websites, for example Amazon, that you will see those coupons or offers presented by the Search.couponsimplified.com. It seems you will be able to enjoy low prices to buy some particular products or commodities. But in fact, it is just a trick that the hackers used to attract your attention and lure you into clicking on those links behind the appealing ads. The reason why so many security experts do not advice users to click on any of those ads is involved with the security threats such a behavior would bring about. Once clicked on, those links may redirect the users to unknown websites that are full of malwares or viruses more severe than the Search.couponsimplified.com itself. Under this circumstance, your computer will completely be devastated and such sensitive information as bank details will be put at extreme risk. Such cybercrimes as identity theft, disastrous financial loss would follow.
What is more, the Search.couponsimplified.com will cause a lot of inconveniences involved with browsing preferences or habits for the victims. After infection, such settings as homepage, default search facility and new tab domain will be changed to the Search.couponsimplified.com. So, every time you open your web browser, look for desired contents on the internet and start a new tab, you will be violently exposed to the Search.couponsimplified.com.
Search.couponsimplified.com may sneak into your computer when you are installing a freeware or shareware on your system. Freeware or shareware programs are reported to be the most used method that a virus like the Search.couponsimplified.com likes to take advantage of. For example, when you are installing a free media player on your computer, there is possibility that the Search.couponsimplified.com is bundled with the player and sneaks into your system without your permission. Fortunately, there is solution to stop the Search.couponsimplified.com from infecting your PC even when you have to use a contemned freeware or shareware on your system. It has been proved that the user can avoid installing many browser hijackers or other viruses by selecting the “Advance” or “Custom” or similar options to unchecked the installation of bundled programs during the installation of a freeware or shareware.
Search.couponsimplified.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 browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of the Search.couponsimplified.com from 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 of the Search.couponsimplified.com from Task Manager.
Once Search.couponsimplified.com hijacker 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. Delete all the malicious files related to Search.couponsimplified.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
The Search.couponsimplified.com is a browser hijacker that is so dangerous that many experts advise to remove it completely as soon as your device is infected. It will cause lots of inconveniences and undermine your surfing experience with your web browser. When the computer is infected, your homepage, default search engine and new tab domain will be changed rudely without your knowledge and permission. What is worse, it is reported that this browser hijacker may bring about more violent threats. A more dangerous virus like the Trojan horse may manage to sneak into your system via the suspicious ads they present to you. If it should happen in this way, disastrous problems such as identify theft and financial loss would inevitably follow. So, whenever you see the Search.couponsimplified.com on your computer, don’t hesitate to get rid of it thoroughly as fast as you can.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on February 2, 2017 3:05 am