Coupon Champ

What is Coupon Champ?

If you have been seeing coupons, comparison deals and commercial adverts it might be an indication that your system has been infected with Coupon Champ. Advertised as another helpful application for shoppers online Coupon Champ, in fact, has nothing to do with helping. In reality, it disrupts your web browsing until the very moment you remove it. Furthermore, it may serve as a gateway to other infections.testtest

This adware application is known to spread via bundled software; therefore, users often do not realize that they may have granted permission for the installation of this adware application.

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How does Coupon Champ work?

Coupon Champ exhibits generic features of any other adware application. It installs browser extensions to all the popular browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer); thus Coupon Champ removal is afrustrating process as extensions have to be deleted from each and every one of them. Once the installation is over your browsers are flooded with numerous commercial adverts at any time, on any website.

Furthermore, the installation of Coupon Champ edits the Windows hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts). It adds an additional line: pffkjaeelonkpgfgdcjancibknkinloc (note: the IP address may differ). Hosts file can be used in two different ways. One of them is to block adverts, banners, pop-ups, etc. But in this case the provided IP address does the opposite – it prompts annoying pop-ups and ads.

In addition to all that the third-party links provided by Coupon Champ are not reviewed by the publishers of the application. It means that presented ads could have redirect links to corrupted websites. These might be included because the vendors of Coupon Champ do not care about the activities of their third-party affiliates. Hence, often cybercriminals setup websites with an arbitrary execution code exploit meaning that just by visiting the website you could get your operating system infected. In order to avoid this, you must be running a professional antispyware tool as it is capable to detect and remove all the possible threats instantly.

Where does Coupon Champ come from?

Coupon Champ is an application that was crafted by Smart Apps and closely resembles adware applications like Discount Dragon, Savings Wizard, Bee Coupons, etc., not only in the way they work, but in the way that they are spread. All of these applications have been known to be spread via bundled software. If you decide to download any application from a third-party file hosting website, follow the installation process extra carefully, because it may be bundled with additional applications that you would not want to have on your PC.

How to remove Coupon Champ?

You should remove Coupon Champ from your PC right away. You will be able to do so by following the removal guide that we provide, but remember that editing the hosts file is a task that should only be executed by an advanced user; therefore, we strongly advise you to use a licensed antimalware tool to remove Coupon Champ entirely and to restore the content of the hosts file.

How to remove Coupon Champ

Remove from Windows 8

  1. Access the Metro UI menu.
  2. Right-click on the background.
  3. Select All apps.
  4. Find and select Control Panel.
  5. Now select Uninstall a program.
  6. Locate and uninstall the unwanted application.

Remove from Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Tap the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Now click Uninstall a program.
  4. Select and uninstall the unwanted application.

Remove from Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Locate the unwanted application and remove it.

How to delete Coupon Champ extensions from your browsers

Delete from Google Chrome

  1. Hit Alt+F on your keyboard.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Select the Coupon Champ extension.
  5. Delete it by click the trash can icon.

Delete from Internet Explorer

  1. Hit Alt+T on your keyboard.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons.
  3. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  4. Select the Coupon Champ extension and remove it.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Hit Alt+T on your keyboard.
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Select the Coupon Champ extension and remove it.
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