GetCouponsFast Toolbar is a browser extension from the Mindspark family. It is classified as a potentially unwanted program because it may have particular features that are not welcomed by most of the users. What’s more, the program might be installed on a target computer without user’s permission or by accident. If you did not want to have this extension, you should remove GetCouponsFast Toolbar from your computer before this program redirects you to potentially harmful sites. There is a list of potential security issues you could face if you keep an unwanted program on your computer, so the sooner you get rid of it, the better.
When we deal with potentially unwanted programs, we often point out that they do not fit the malware description. One of the main reasons is that PUPs usually official websites and they can be downloaded directly. The same applies to this toolbar as well. Its official website is located at getcouponsfast.com, and there you can even find it at the Chrome Web Store. The point is that this application does not try to hide its presence from you, so it is not possible to label is as malware. Nevertheless, the official distribution network might be one just of the routes taken by this application.
In fact, if you do not know how GetCouponsFast Toolbar ended up on your computer, then the chances are that the toolbar came bundled with freeware. Mindspark toolbars have long been known to employ this distribution method, too. They get bundled with other applications in third-party installers, and users download these installers from file-sharing websites without any second thought. It is sometimes hard to understand the risk behind such practice because all installation processes seem to be default. So while it is still possible to avoid installing this application, most of the users go through the setup automatically without bothering to check all the steps. As a result, GetCouponsFast Toolbar modifies browser settings.
This toolbar works on Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Firefox. Aside from adding at toolbar to your default browser, the application also modifies the homepage and default search engine settings. The search engine is changed to search.myway.com, and the startup page looks like a hybrid version of Google and some mobile app search bar. What’s more, the homepage comes with shortcuts to online stores, Facebook, Yahoo!, YouTube, and other popular websites. However, that does not give you any reason to trust this application.
GetCouponsFast Toolbar says that it will provide you with multiple coupons to a number of online stores. However, to execute this function, the program needs to collect information on your browsing habits. Consequently, the program may expose you to unreliable third-party content because it is very unlikely that it would check the outgoing links it promotes. Hence, if cyber criminals decide to make use of this application, they could embed their own malicious links in the toolbar’s coupons, and then you would be just a click away from a malicious infection.
Do not take your chances and remove GetCouponsFast Toolbar right now. You can do it manually, but if you find manual removal too bothersome, you can always rely on a security tool that would scan your PC and detect all the potential threats. Please remember that this toolbar might be just one of the many undesirable applications installed.