Do you often find yourself wishing you could spend less on whatever you buy online? Perhaps Coupon Ahoy may look like an answer to your prayers, but we know better than that. We can say so because we have tested this application in our lab, and it is clear that this piece of software is an adware application designed to push unsuspecting users into clicking commercial third-party links. The program clearly does not provide you with the promised service, so your best option in this situation is to remove Coupon Ahoy from your computer for good.
This application is rather annoying and sneaky, as well. Although it has an official website, downloading the program from couponahoy.com may not be as safe as you would think. Normally, we encourage users to download applications from their official websites because that decreases the possibility of getting software bundles that contain tons of unwanted and potentially harmful software. Unfortunately, the official installer for Coupon Ahoy also comes bundled with additional programs. When we downloaded the application from its site, we also ended up installing MyPC Backup and OfferBoulevard, which happen to be potentially unwanted programs. Truth be told, it is possible to avoid installing these applications during the setup, but if you want to be done with it ASAP, you may be willing to skip some of the steps, and that is when the additional software comes into the picture.
When this application settles in your system, it creates a shortcut on your desktop. When clicked, it launches commercial offers from a number of sites through your default browser. For example, you may see such hyperlinks as s3.amazonaws.com or savings-galleria.com on your address bar, and these are the common advertising domains that are used by multiple third parties. What’s more, aside from displaying ads in separate browser windows, Coupon Ahoy may also launch pop-ups and redirect you to unfamiliar websites. No one would like to experience such behavior because it is very distracting and potentially harmful.
You might wonder what is so dangerous about random pop-ups. The problem is that Coupon Ahoy does not care what kind of content is embedded in those pop-up ads. According to the program’s terms, the creators “serve advertisements without our Web Site either ourselves or by allowing other companies, called third-party ad severs or ad networks, to do so. In addition, some of our advertisers may use the services of third-party ad networks. Some of these third-party ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer.”
A persistent cookie is a euphemism for a tracking device, and no one wants to be monitored, not when it is really hard to remain private in this internet realm. Therefore, to decrease the number of persistent cookies in your computer and to protect yourself from potential malicious exploitation, you will do yourself a favor by removing Coupon Ahoy today. Albeit it is possible to uninstall the application via Control Panel, we would suggest deleting it manually by following the instructions below this description.
Manual removal is not complicated, but if you think that there might be some files or programs you cannot deal with, you can always rely on a powerful antispyware tool to protect your system for you. Should you need any recommendations, be sure to give us a shout out!