Coupon Alert Toolbar

Coupon Alert Toolbar Description


ScreenshotAlthough Coupon Alert Toolbar isn’t considered to be a virus or other type of deliberately destructive program, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that Coupon Alert Toolbar contains several characteristics that are standard for annoying adware. Further muddying up Coupon Alert Toolbar’s reputation is the fact that it’s been linked to other types of adware products that use deceptive methods to market themselves and remain on your PC, such as MyWay Speedbar, Incredimail, MyMailStamps and MyFunCards. Coupon Alert Toolbar may offer you seemingly useful coupons, but any offers that it provides are driven by affiliate marketing techniques that fund money back to the original Coupon Alert Toolbar designers. Links provided by Coupon Alert Toolbar are unlikely to be screened for safety, and due to this and Coupon Alert Toolbar’s generally obnoxious behavior, it’s strongly encouraged for you to remove Coupon Alert Toolbar with suitable anti-malware software.

The Little Secrets That Coupon Alert Toolbar Doesn’t Want You to Know


Unlike a popular and trustworthy search engine, Coupon Alert Toolbar doesn’t use unbiased search algorithms that would give you the most useful and relevant results for your interests. Instead, Coupon Alert Toolbar provides links that indirectly grant money to the Coupon Alert Toolbar company regardless of whether the coupons that it links to are reputable or disreputable.

Coupon Alert Toolbar may be downloaded from the couponalert.com website, which has been consistently ranked poorly in vendor trustworthiness, privacy and other important aspects of any software company.
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However, most Coupon Alert Toolbar installations happen by accident – when you install a completely unrelated program that just happens to have Coupon Alert Toolbar bundled with it during the installation process.

SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that almost all of these bundles will contain some form of opt-in or opt-out option that allows you to avoid installing Coupon Alert Toolbar, so simply paying attention to your installation procedure may save you a world of pain. Nonetheless, a minority of programs may force you to install Coupon Alert Toolbar, in which case it’s recommended that you eschew the program entirely.

Similar products from the same company include all MyWebSearch suite programs, such as Cursor Mania, FunBuddyIcons, FunWebProducts, HistorySwatter, Incredimail, MyFunCards, MyMailStationary, MyMailSignature, MyMailStamps, MySpeedBar, MyWay Search Assistant, PopSwatter, Popular Screen Savers and SmileyCentral.

The Inconveniences of a Seemingly Convenient Coupon Add-On


Issues that our malware experts have seen tightly-linked to Coupon Alert Toolbar include, but aren’t limited to:
  • Coupon Alert Toolbar launching itself on startup without your consent, or any means of disabling this suspicious ‘feature.’
  • Coupon Alert Toolbar’s noticeably excessive system resource usage, such as RAM, which can cause poor system performance, including slowdowns and stuttering in unrelated programs.
  • Advertisements that Coupon Alert Toolbar presents spontaneously, and once more, without any easy way to disable this function.
  • Coupon Alert Toolbar updates itself constantly and without requiring your consent. This may be exploited to allow Coupon Alert Toolbar to add on extra and potentially malicious functions, in addition to its already-explained features.

As an overall nuisance that raises plenty of red flags, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers can’t help but heartily encourage you to remove Coupon Alert Toolbar at the first opportunity, if suitable anti-malware software is available.

Coupon Alert Toolbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Coupon Alert Toolbar? To safely & quickly detect Coupon Alert Toolbar we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p
    2 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar
    3 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin
    4 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pauxstb.dll
    5 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbar.dll
    6 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbarsvc.exe
    7 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbrmon.exe
    8 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbrstub.dll
    9 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pdatact.dll
    10 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pdlghk.dll
    11 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pdyn.dll
    12 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pfeedmg.dll
    13 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2phighin.exe
    14 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2phtml.dll
    15 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2phtmlmu.dll
    16 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2phttpct.dll
    17 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pidle.dll
    18 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pieovr.dll
    19 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pimpipe.exe
    20 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pmedint.exe
    21 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pmlbtn.dll
    22 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pmsg.dll
    23 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pPlugin.dll
    24 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pradio.dll
    25 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pregfft.dll
    26 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pregiet.dll
    27 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pscript.dll
    28 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pskin.dll
    29 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pskplay.exe
    30 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pSrcAs.dll
    31 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2ptpinst.dll
    32 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2puabtn.dll
    33 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\CHROME.MANIFEST
    34 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\chrome\2pffxtbr.jar
    35 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\INSTALL.RDF
    36 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\LOGO.BMP
    37 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\NP2pStub.dll
    38 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\T8RES.DLL
    39 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00074EE9
    40 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\000756C8.bmp
    41 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\000757B3.bmp
    42 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00075AC0.bmp
    43 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00075BE9.bmp
    44 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00075D02.bmp
    45 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00075E2B.bmp
    46 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00075F92.bmp
    47 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\000760BB.bmp
    48 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\00079C8C
    49 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Cache\0007A46B.bmp
    50 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\History\search3
    51 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\IE9Mesg\COMMON.T8S
    52 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Message\COMMON.T8S
    53 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Settings\prevcfg2.htm
    54 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Settings\setting3.htm
    55 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Settings\s_pid.dat
    56 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Settings\s_w1.dat
    57 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\bar\Settings\s_w2.dat
    58 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p
    59 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache
    60 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\CouponAlertBtn.html
    61 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\CouponAlertNewDealsBtn.html
    62 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\GrouponBtn.html
    63 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\PopupProperties100064904.html
    64 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\PopupProperties200820798.html
    65 C:\Program Files\CouponAlert_2p\CouponAlert_2p\Cache\Radio.html

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\CouponAlert_2p\barHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CouponAlert_2pHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\&Search "tbedits.couponalert.com/one-toolbaredits/menusearch.jhtml?s=[]"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CouponAlert_2p.DynamicBarButtonHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\CouponAlert_2pHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions "2pffxtbr@CouponAlert_2p.com"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\@CouponAlert_2p.com/PluginHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_COUPONALERT_2PSERVICEHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\CouponAlert_2pServiceHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CouponAlert_2p.DynamicBarButtonHKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CouponAlert_2p.DynamicBarButton.1HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CouponAlert_2p.DynamicBarButton\CurVerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CouponAlert_2p.FeedManagerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CouponAlert_2p.FeedManager\CurVerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "CouponAlert_2p Browser Plugin Loader"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\CouponAlert_2pbar Uninstall

Additional Information

  • The following URL's were detected:
    couponalert.com
Posted: August 14, 2011 | By
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Threat Level: 2/10
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