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I updated my browsers and discovered the FF and Chrome browsers added a "helpful extension" that put coupon pop-ups over here and on other websites. Thankfully it was easy to remove but sheesh...

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Did you install or upgrade any other programs besides your browsers? That doesn't sound like something you would get just from updating those browsers.

Was it called Start Now Toolbar?

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In both cases it was a straight upgrade of my existing browsers. I think Chrome is the real culprit because I upgraded it first then FF did a synch with other browsers when I updated it.

I am very careful to never agree to any add-on additions when updating because I like things the way I have them now...

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I used to think never agreeing to add-ons was enough, too, but I got a nasty surprise when I downloaded a program the other day that installed toolbars and changed my default search engine on all my browsers. I wouldn't have known I had gotten this spyware, if WinPatrol didn't keep bugging me every 2 minutes until I finally figured out how to get rid of it.

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I've had that happen to and it's very annoying. This one didn't even announce its presence until I moved my cursor over a link that I knew shouldn't be there. It changed the "who's online" text to a pop-up link!!!

I finally found it under "advanced browsing settings - extensions" in Chrome and kicked it out of my system there. I have not looked in FF yet to see where it hid in that browser...

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I found another one called Coupon Companion. Emphasis is mine in the following quotes from this page:
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11/3/12 9:07 PM

In Reply to: Glad someone else noticed.

I feel your pain. I needed a MOV to AVI video converter and grabbed one from CNET - as usual unticking everything so that I just get the required software and nothing more. So did all my movies, uploaded them to a memorial site I am making for my recently deceased grandmother, and saw the ads/pop-ups everywhere. I sent an annoyed email to the web administrator asking why these ads were appearing, to be told I probably had some malware as that was the only way it could be explained. I was most embarrassed as I then noted the ads appearing on all websites, not just that one. Thanks CNET and double thanks for it at this inopportune time whilst working on a website for my Nana. I understand if something is free, some external sponsorship may be required, but if I opted out then it should NOT be installed. No more CNET for me

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never trusting CNET again.
11/3/12 9:59 PM

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i just downloaded a soundcloud ripper from here and now i have coupon companion,thanks cnet!

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11/3/12 11:31 PM

In Reply to: Coupon Companion Adware

I found this forum thread via google search for coupon companion - and I just installed some new software from cnet today. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS uncheck any companion software, toolbars, etc, but noticed the coupon companion links appearing on sites and got suspicious.

I consider cnet a trusted site for downloads and I'm concerned that I may have to reevaluate my stance on that.


The thing I got was from CNET, too, but it was the Widgi Toolbar from Spigot. It's bad enough when you have to un-check things to avoid installing extra stuff, but now programs on a site I used to trust are installing it automatically without people's knowledge or consent. I guess I was lucky that I didn't get the coupon adware when I downloaded and installed CCleaner the other day, to clean up after that other mess.

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That was it (Coupon Companion)! This thing came directly from the Google Chrome download link and for some reason I have always trusted a browsers own download area. Now I know better.

I only download from CNet if there is no other option that I can find. SoftPedia is much better imho though the new format they have now is really a giant leap backwards from what they had before in terms of functionality.

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My Chrome has always updated itself, and I've never had to go to a link to update it. Are you sure it was Google telling you to update it, and you didn't already have a trojan? Besides, a real Chrome update shouldn't affect Firefox in any way.

At least you know the name of the trojan so you can get rid of it. bleepingcomputer.com usually provides good instructions for getting rid of stuff.

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My Chrome updates itself regularly too. I did get that Coupon Companion with some other download a while back. We discussed it here, too, but now I can't remember what I downloaded that I got it. However, it was never with Chrome and Chrome is my regular browser.

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I went to Chrome this time because the regular update failed. Thankfully that doesn't happen that often...

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