I wrote this article to help you remove Search.hcouponsimplified.com. This Search.hcouponsimplified.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Search.hcouponsimplified.com page is a harbinger of bad news. Seeing it every time you so much as touch one of your browsers is a clear sign of a cyber infection. Yes, you have a parasite on board. A browser hijacker, to be exact. The hijacker and the page go hand in hand. That’s why the site`s appearance is a clue. A warning sign which you must heed as soon as you notice it. You have to take immediate measures against the infection. Doing nothing and ignoring the risk it poses will only give the hijacker enough time to escalate and cause you some irreversible damage.
If things get out of control, your predicament will worsen. You will face much harder time removing the intruder too. Do not put up with its shenanigans but do your best to clean your machine. The hijacker may appear as useful and harmless but it is definitely not. This is a malicious program we are talking about and such programs and developed by crooks. Do you think a crooks` creation can be innocuous? Of course, not. Each one has a purpose and not a good one. Do yourself a favor and don’t become a part of the hackers` scheme. Find where the nasty pest is hiding and remove it on the spot. Do not delay! Delays lead to regrets.
Once the hijacker enters, your online activities turn hellish. Nothing is the same anymore because you are no longer in charge of your own browsers. The hijacker injects all of them and makes all kinds of unauthorized changes. That’s why you are stuck with the Search.hcouponsimplified.com site as your new homepage and search engine. You didn’t put it there. The hijacker did. And it now controls what search results you see.
Do not think the results you are provided are safe. Most of them definitely aren’t. The hackers use the hijacker to boost traffic to particular pages so they can gain pay-per-click revenue. That’s why the pest shows you corrupted results. If you click, the crooks get paid. They get even better paid for every shady page you get redirected to and, believe us, you get redirected a lot.
Surfing the web becomes an impossible task as you suffer constant intrusions. Shady results cover your whole screen. You are forced to visit tons of suspicious pages. And let`s not forget about the ads. The hijacker also floods you with countless advertisements on daily basis. Imagine getting any work done online in such conditions. You will start avoiding your own PC and, to be honest, that’s probably for the best. As long as the hijacker remains you are always exposed to malware risk. Remove it and everything will get back to normal. Do not waste time in debates. Use our removal guide below and get rid of this plague for good.
The hijacker enters victims` machines via finesse and trickery. It turns to the old but gold means of infiltration like freeware bundles, spam messages, fake ads, bogus updates, compromised pages and links, etc. But what it needs the most to succeed is your carelessness. Without it, none of the above-mentioned methods will work. Do not grant it. Do the opposite and be extra vigilant. Be careful what you click on.
Always read the Terms and Conditions when installing a program/update. Stay away from shady pages. Use only reliable download sources. Never open emails from unknown senders and don’t download their attachments. The same goes for questionable messages in social media. Be always on the alert. Crooks cannot succeed without your inactive cooperation. Don’t make their job easier and being negligent and making yourself an easy target.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Search.hcouponsimplified.com from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Search.hcouponsimplified.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.