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What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,155
United States Rank #3,517
Reach 0.0593%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.40 days
749.19 days >
Average installed length: 393.64 days


VersionDistribution 70.66% 29.34%

Coupon Companion Plugin

What is Coupon Companion Plugin?

Coupon Companion by Red Online Marketing Group is a Browser Helper Object installed into Internet Explorer that monitors web pages for possible affiliate merchant partners. Coupon Companion will let you know when there are coupons by showing a counter in the top right of Web sites.

Coupon Companion is an adware type program that has causes serious performance issues to your PC by installing a number of plug-ins and add-ins to your web browser and Windows. It injects ads directly by modifying web pages based on your surfing habits. When you install the plug-in, it also has a background process that will attempt to disabled other 'conflicting' extensions that might interfere with it, this includes other competing products as well as some security products (in the software's EULA, you actually agreed to this).

From the Terms of Service provided:
"By installing the Plugin, you consent to the Plugin in disabling other conflicting software and we understand you have chosen to use our software to customize your social media pages over other available software packages.

The Plugin may automatically download and install updates from time to time from Licensor. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Plugin and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit Licensor to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the Plugin.

In addition, the Plugin may be bundled with, or require the installation of, third-party software, such as but not limited search engine toolbars. Such bundling enables the Plugin to perform the functions requested by you and to collect information as described in our Privacy Policy or provides us with the resources to develop and update the Plugin."

About  (from 215 Apps)

The Coupon Companion shopping companion will help save you money by finding and presenting the top active coupons for the site you're browsing. After installation Coupon Companion will let you know when there are coupons by showing a counter in the top right of Web sites. Coupons from Coupon Companion apply with a sing...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on the Crossrider toolbar platform and potentially unwanted
  • May inject ads in the web browser
  • 'Offers' to modify the browser's home and search pages by default
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Coupon Companion Plugin.
Coupon Companion Plugin.dll (aee481bcd3356b0043681b04997e103f) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.aF
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.CrossRider.AMN
ESET-NOD32 7.8952 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.A
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
PC Tools 2013 Adware.Crossid!rem
Symantec 10/29/2013 rev. 3 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.302 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H05JL13
VIPRE Antivirus 22636 Crossrider (fs)
Uninstall.exe (a4fb72eba0d3fc2313c9a102a6f9994f) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Crossrider-C [PUP]
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.ABKR
Bkav FE W32.Cloda13.Trojan.5c25
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.22
ESET-NOD32 9118 Win32/Packed.ScrambleWrapper.A
Fortinet FortiGate W32/Generic
K7 AntiVirus 9.174.10361 Trojan ( 0048c4b81 )
K7GW 9.174.10361 Trojan ( 0048c4b81 )
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!A4FB72EBA0D3
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!A4FB72EBA0D3
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_SPNR.0BCM13
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_SPNR.0BCM13
VIPRE Antivirus 23926 GamePlayLabs (fs)
Coupon Companion Plugin-bg.exe (a98a9085200848e83ff320b596bc10a5) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Toolbar.AOow
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 Adware.Crossid (Not a Virus)
ESET-NOD32 9038 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.E
K7 AntiVirus 9.173.10176 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
K7GW 9.173.10176 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 ADW_GAMEPLAYLABS
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 ADW_GAMEPLAYLABS
VIPRE Antivirus 23296 Crossrider (fs)
Coupon Companion PluginGui.exe (1da795b4e2956a9b083cff0c642e01f4) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG SmartShopper.K
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Toolbar.aDMB
ESET-NOD32 9015 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.F
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
VIPRE Antivirus 23118 GamePlayLabs (fs)
       View all 35 all detections
Coupon Companion Plugin has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: coupon-companion.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\coupon companion plugin
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Coupon Companion Plugin\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 5.75 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Coupon Companion Plugin

Program module:Coupon Companion Plugin.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Coupon Companion Plugin
Coupon Companion Plugin BHO
Path:C:\Program Files\coupon companion plugin\Coupon Companion Plugin.dll
Coupon Companion is a web browser plugin which tracks Internet browsing behaviors and displays coupon deals based on the user's shoppimg habits. The Coupon Companion browser add-on tracks Internet users detailed information shuch as sites...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Coupon Companion Plugin.dll - Coupon Companion Plugin (Coupon Companion Plugin BHO)
  • (Malware detected) Coupon Companion Plugin-bg.exe - Coupon Companion Plugin exe
  • (Malware detected) Coupon Companion PluginGui.exe
  • (Malware detected) Uninstall.exe - Coupon Companion Plugin Installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Coupon Companion Plugin.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Coupon Companion Plugin' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110211181104} (CrossriderApp0021804).

How do I remove Coupon Companion Plugin?

You can uninstall Coupon Companion Plugin from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Coupon Companion Plugin, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Coupon Companion Plugin.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Coupon Companion Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Server 2003 0%
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.32%
Windows Vista 10.78%
Windows 10 10.09%
Windows XP 8.73%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 51.03%
Windows 7 Professional 11.38%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.62%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.53%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.90%
Windows 8 4.05%

Distribution by countryGeography

92.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 92.42%
  Australia 3.17%
  United Kingdom 2.28%
  Canada 1.40%
  Iran 0.26%
  Vietnam 0.05%
  Brazil 0.05%
  UA 0.05%
  Korea 0.05%
  IQ 0.05%
  Indonesia 0.05%
  Philippines 0.05%
  United Arab Emirates 0.05%
  Turkey 0.05%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.11%
Hewlett-Packard 31.98%
Toshiba 9.73%
Acer 8.09%
ASUS 6.07%
Lenovo 2.78%
Intel 2.02%
Samsung 0.88%
Gateway 0.63%
American Megatrends 0.63%
Apple 0.63%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.22%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.95%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.28%
Dell Inspiron 620 2.67%
Dell XPS 8300 2.14%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.14%

About 215 Apps

215 Apps developes a number of adware driven toolbar programs such as DropinSavings, Vid-Saver, Giant Savings, Savings Sidekick, etc.
Publisher URL: www.215apps.com

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Maximusover a year ago
It keeps shoving annoying ads in my browser, unwelcomed. Please find a a way to ban this program