Users often have misconceptions about such applications as CouponTime. It is an adware program, and computer users tend to think that adware applications are malicious infections that will steal their private information. That is not exactly the case. CouponTime is simply a program that will collect data on your web browsing habits. It needs that information because it has to create a customized flow of commercial advertisements. Users who want to avoid an influx of pop-up ads should remove CouponTime from their systems immediately. We provide manual removal instructions below this description.
One of the reasons why users think that CouponTime is a dangerous infection is because they do not notice when or how this application entered their computers. To be honest, users install this and other potentially unwanted programs on their computers themselves. Even the main homepage for CouponTime (coupontime.info) does not provide us with the direct download link, so we can assume that CouponTime gets distributed bundled with freeware. This is exactly what our research shows – this program most often “travels” with InstallRex, Vitallia, and Amonetize installers.
As far as the installers are concerned, the files are often hidden behind fake download links and other ads on file sharing and torrent websites. The same distribution method is applied by RightCoupon, RealDeal, LuckyCoupon, and many other applications from the same adware family. CouponTime is not unique; it is actually a direct clone of its predecessors. Therefore, we know exactly what to expect of this application. It will try to generate financial profit by redirecting you to affiliated websites. Most of the websites in question employ a pay-per-click system to make money, so when you increase their traffic by visiting them, you help third parties make money.
Collecting web browsing data and displaying commercial advertisements is not an illegal activity. Nevertheless, you need to take all the potential risks into consideration. After all, CouponTime does not review the content that gets embedded into its ads. This means that even cybercriminals could embed their own links into CouponTime ads as long as they know to do it (and cybercriminals usually do know). In that aspect, the adware application can be considered a potential system security threat, albeit an indirect one.
However, since a user who cares about his computer’s security should take all the potential threats into account, you cannot just let CouponTime be. Please uninstall CouponTime from the system right now and then scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner, as you need to check whether you have any other unwanted programs on board.
Adware programs often travel in packs, so there is a good chance that you have more than just one potential threat on your computer. Terminate them all and then invest in a licensed antispyware tool if need be.
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