We’ve published this post to help users delete the Free-coupons.network Virus from their computers. The chances are that you’ve already come across the invasion of harassing advertisements that this undesirable browser hijacker causes. A common term used to describe software that produces uncomfortable adverts and messes with the browser is “browser hijacker”. Maybe you’ve also experienced other signs associated with this sort of apps – altered homepage and/or default search engine being some of the more common ones.
Aside from delivering plenty of general information regarding browser hijacker software, we have, in addition, supplied you with a guide on how to uninstall this sort of unwanted software from your PC – you will find the necessary instructions down below this page.
Is Free-coupons.network really a virus?
Malicious viruses do not use adverts to harass the owner of a computer but many people think they do to just that and as a result incorrectly mistake browser hijacker applications for actual malicious programs. To see what differs between browser hijackers and viruses, keep in mind that the former is actually allowed by the law. In contrast, software viruses engage in cyber crimes such as data thievery and espionage.
Nowadays, the most dangerous and widely spread pc virus family is labeled as ransomware. Ransomware will definitely render all of the target’s private computer data unusable unless of course a ransom is paid out.
Anybody reading this who is nervous that their computer system was infected by a virus could perhaps take a breather now – the browser hijackers can generally be eradicated without serious problems. Still, do not think that a browser hijacker is something worth keeping in your machine – nothing like that. Just keep your wits and move forward with the removal guide. The sad truth is that a great number of browser hijacker applications are viewed as legally acceptable by the law and as such, various anti-virus software programs will take no action against them.
Some more intrusive applications of the browser hijacker sort are said to conduct a number of background activities that the vast majority of users remain unacquainted with. Software applications like Free-coupons.network, www1.ecleneue.com or www2.savemax.store are infamous for their tendency to keep track of the browser history of the user in an attempt to produce believable advertisements. In most instances, the obtained info is used in order to personalize the advertisements you see according to your individual personal preferences. That way, there will be a better probability that these advertisements will interest you. Some may think of this as a possible valuable feature, but frankly, it’s still an intrusion of your own personal space.
Due to the endless display of annoying ads triggered by Free-coupons.network, your PC’s speed may suffer. Users using mobile data plans must be particularly vigilant as Ads loaded from faraway web servers will burn up valuable data. Apart from everything we’ve said, some of the adverts you see might sometimes redirect you to untrustworthy or possibly even malevolent websites. Of course, this happens very rarely but there’s no need to unnecessarily put your machine on the line by exploring any of the intrusive ads
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The symptoms are usually associated with some kind of unpleasant change in the browser’s behavior.|
|Distribution Method||The methods that hijacker developers to spread their apps are spam, malvertising and installation bundling.|
Free-coupons.network Virus Removal
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Free-coupons.network software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Free-coupons.network. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Free-coupons.network From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Free-coupons.network we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Free-coupons.network on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Free-coupons.network in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Free-coupons.network from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Free-coupons.network From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Free-coupons.network From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Free-coupons.network From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Free-coupons.network and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Free-coupons.network in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.