How to remove (uninstall) Free-coupons.network

Did you have difficulties with unwanted advertisement? Are you tired of your device BSOD-ing or rebooting all the time? Is Free-coupons.network advertising software the ground of all these issues? If the answers are “yes” to all those questions – we will assist you to erase your problems. On our website, we've described the complex steps on Free-coupons.network’s uninstallation from your laptop and from Google Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera and Mozilla Firefox.

Free-coupons.network

Ads on the Internet have gone crazy recent time, and users are starting to think it's okay. Pop-ups are everywhere – beginning with reliable websites and ending with lifeless pages. Ten years ago, you've mentioned a few banners per day, and today you see a dozen per one page. Businessmen have finally understood that the Internet is the best source to engage some new customers, and swindlers thought likewise. They've produced adware to crawl into your browser so that it will display to you dangerous, irrelevant ads. One of suchlike programs simply got the control over your PC, and it's called Free-coupons.network. Unwanted ads are not there to help you find things – they are just a bait for credulent customers. If you click on one of those banners, you’ll be on a useless site, where you won't get any real deal. Commonly, there is nothing at all, besides an offer to get some free utility, which will drive your computer insane and show a bunch of banners to you. If you've had enough of it – on this page you’ll discover anything you need to get rid of it.

What is Free-coupons.network

 

We're talking about an adware, made with the single purpose: to show you advertisement. It can't even be called a program, since it’s just a plain script, capable of switching your browser options and printing new entries to the system registry. Here's a detailed report of the usual infection process:

  • The basic Free-coupons.network’s goal is fulfilled after it changes the settings of the browser, and after that, it only has to take some protection measures. It inserts new entries into the system registry and makes scheduled tasks to prevent you from altering browser controls.
  • The first operation that advertising tool executes as soon as it breaks onto your machine is getting the browser under total control. It places the swindlers' fraud webpage on your default search's place, and same thing happens with your homepage. Then you won't get true search results – adware will display to you just the ads that hackers are willing to show you.
  • During the installation of advertising tool, you are forced to opt between easy installation and the manner for practised users. The #1 is pre-selected, and sometimes you can’t choose the second one, because it’s not available. By marking the first installation you allow to get every single perilous tool from that package, and the second way lets you pick what precisely you want to get.
  • Other step is to place Free-coupons.network to a torrent-tracker, in a bundle with a few other dangerous tools. Then it has to wait for a credulous person to download it – a user who won’t read anything and skips everything every time he (or she) could. Of course, the installation folder is not called Free-coupons.network unwanted tool – there's another program in a bundle. It's the one that customers look for, but downloading it, they get a lot of trash in addition.
  • If you have clicked the second option and aborted the installation of Free-coupons.network – you would not be here. Based on this, we think that you didn’t look at that menu. In your case, the installation proceeded and Free-coupons.network began functioning.

This is how adware penetration looks like. Following the fifth stage, the adware is fully purposeless, as all serious work, including the display of banners, is performed by fake search engine. It looks like a search system, but the links you're getting from it are very suspicious. Fraudsters use a toll-free function, called Google CSE to develop their websites, and its fundamental function is to narrow the search area to a few websites. Hackers use Google CSE to display you fake results and make customers think that they are real.

How to protect the system

The safety of your system is such a thing that cannot be achieved via single miraculous measure. Of course, the antivirus will help a lot, but you also should do, or even not to do some things. We will specify these things under this paragraph.

  • You better don't download free software, and if you want to install it anyway – get it from reputable webpages.
  • Upgrade your software on time, in particular, the OS and your browser. The security holes that viruses use to penetrate the workstation are being fixed, so the latter version you have - the safer you are.
  • Do not click on suspicious pop-ups, and do not visit poorly-made sites. By that we mean webpages that provide bootleg programs and audio content, 18+ materials, etc.
  • Don’t turn your antivirus off no matter what. In particular if some program offers you to disable it.

These hints will help you to avoid Free-coupons.network and most of the other viruses. Still, certain examples of adware can sneak into the OS via other methods, and you'd better get a trusted antivirus to eliminate them.

Methods to remove Free-coupons.network

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Free-coupons.network manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Free-coupons.network from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

As with the uninstalling of any other adware, you can pick from two equally effective options. You can choose manual removal, where you will have to perform everything on your own, or a software way that might save you time and efforts. Either of them is totally safe and efficient, but you'd better learn more about them before you choose. In the first place, if you’ll get rid of adware by hand – you won’t need to buy any antiviruses. You have to understand that if you have some more harmful programs to remove except Free-coupons.network – it might be a problem. The software way includes the download of a good removal utility. It's called Spyhunter. We're recommending this tool because it’s not only tested, trusted, prompt and lightweight but has many other features. Its viral signature database is updated each day so that no adware could penetrate the PC without being deactivated. The best news is that it comes at a decent price! You don’t need to decide this minute, and if there are any doubts about Spyhunter’s potential – just get a gratis test version.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Free-coupons.network" and delete these elements

 

Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Disable notifications in the browser

Google Chrome

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Advanced
  • Site settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox
  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Privacy and Security
  • Notifications
  • Settings...
  • Remove suspicious websites

 

Opera browser

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • Advanced
  • Content settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

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