Remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com homepage (Removal Guide)

By | February 28, 2014

search.coupons-bar.com virusSearch.Coupons-Bar.com is a homepage hijacker also called Browser Hijacker, which is installed by browser extensions or addons. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote Coupons-Bar Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results. Once this Search.Coupons-Bar.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with Search.Coupons-Bar.com. This Search.Coupons-Bar.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. Please be aware what you install on your computer. The Search.Coupons-Bar.com browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Step 1 – Remove Coupons-Bar software

Step 2 – Remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com hijack using AdwCleaner (free)

Step 3 – Reset default homepage

Step 4 – Scan your computer using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free to clean your computer from adware, viruses

Step 5 – OPTIONAL : Reset your Browser

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove Search.Coupons-Bar.com from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails. Need help ? Ask for our assistance and the end of this instruction.

STEP 1 – Remove Coupons Bar Toolbar Windows XP or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

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Search for Coupons-Bar Toolbar and click the Uninstall button

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Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

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Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

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Search for Coupons-Bar Toolbar and click the Uninstall button

Remove Search.Coupons-Bar.comRemove Search.Coupons-Bar.com using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

- Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
- When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
- If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
- Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

Reset default homepage

If you do not want to reset your complete browser settings it is advised to only reset your default homepage. Follow instructions to replace your default homepage to a homepage of your choice, in browsers; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Tab: General
  5. Replace the Search.Coupons-Bar.com homepage with one of your choice, for example: google.com

Restore CouponsBar Search Engine – Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage addons
  4. Goto Search Providers
  5. Right click on Bing as select Set as Default
  6. Right click on Coupons-Bar Search and Select Remove

Google Chrome

Restore homepage – Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Goto header: On Startup
  5. Click blue link: Set Pages, behind ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’
  6. Remove Coupons-Bar Search by clicking the x icon.
  7. Enter a new homepage of your choice in textbox ‘Enter Url…

Restore Coupons-Bar Search Engine – Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Goto header: Search
  5. Click button: Manage search engines
  6. Select Google.com from the list, hover over it and click blue button Make Default
  7. Hover over Coupons-Bar Search and click the x to remove this Coupons-Bar Search from the list.

Mozilla Firefox

Restore default homepage – Mozilla firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Options
  4. Tab: General
  5. Replace the Search.Coupons-Bar.com homepage with one of your choice, press OK

Reset browser settings

Sometimes it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this threat is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

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  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

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  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

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Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  • Select Help > Troubleshooting information

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  • Select Reset Firefox

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  • Confirm Reset Firefox

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  • Select Finish
  • Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart
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