This article gives insight on MyCouponsmart adware and explains why it is better to remove this program from the affected system. The removal of this undesired program could be realized with the help of several steps that are listed at the end of the article.
MyCouponsmart is a program that according to its authors detects the best offers and provides various coupons for special deals. However, often times it invades Mac devices without users’ knowledge. That’s why it is classified as undesired program of adware kind. Soon after it gains access to target device it becomes able to collect details related to browsing activities and send them to its servers. Then it starts to generate lots of annoying targeted ads on the affected device.
|Type||Adware, Potenitally unwanted program (PUP)|
|Short Description||Undesired program that gains access to your Mac without your prior permission.|
|Symptoms||Main browser settings are altered. Sensitive data is obtained. Lots of deceptive ads flood browsing sessions and slow down browser performance.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware installations, Bundled packages, Infected web pages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MyCouponsmart.|
MyCouponsmart – Ways of Distribution
The spread of MyCouponsmart is realized via different channels. One of these channels is its official website that is hosted on the poorly secured domain mycouponsmartmac.com. Below you could see the main page of this website:
However, since MyCouponsmart is considered to be an undesired program, it is unlikely that you have downloaded it by your will. It is more likely that the adware has managed to access your Mac with the help of any shady spread technique. Such a technique is the so-called software bundling. It enables the undesired program to obtain an unattended permission for install. Yes. It’s really tricky.
It is realized with the help of various supposedly useful apps. How these apps provide for the installation of adware programs like MyCouponsmart is by offering the second as special extras. Unfortunately, their installers are designed in a way that no information about PUP’s presence is properly revealed. The good news is that you may be able to reveal the presence of the potentially undesired program by selecting the Advanced/Custom install step. More often than not this step presents information about any additional programs that are set to install along with the primary one.
MyCouponsmart – More About It
As described on its official website MyCouponsmart is an app that gives you a brand new online shopping experience. Its owners present it as useful shopping assistant that will find the best offers based on your previous searches and purchases. What’s more it is stated to be able to detect various coupons while you’re browsing retail websites.
In reality, MyCouponsmart appears to be just another nasty adware program that aims to spy on your online activities and then use the data for its aggressive ad campaigns. Soon after its configuration files are started on your Mac, the adware accesses browser settings and sets different tracking technologies to collect browsing details.
Data records are instantly transferred to its servers in order that its owners could integrate them into their advertising campaigns. As a result, you become a target of many annoying targeted advertisements that attempt to trick you into visiting bogus websites. On one hand all ads that load in your browser may make it sluggish or even unresponsive at times. On the other hand nowhere is clearly defined what security checks and procedures should every ad meet in order to be released in live advertising campaign. Hence you may see ads that land on web pages infected with malware. And in case that you visit such a page you could unnoticeably trigger the execution of malicious code directly on your device.
If you want to stop all issues caused by MyCouponsmart and prevent it from damaging your Mac you need to remove all files associated with this adware. See how to go step by step through this process in the guide right below.
How to Remove MyCouponsmart Adware from Mac
In order to remove MyCouponsmart along with all potentially harmful files created on your Mac, you should complete all steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined could help you to detect and remove this undesired program in full.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall MyCouponsmart and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MyCouponsmart via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove MyCouponsmart – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove MyCouponsmart files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MyCouponsmart, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.