Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Coupon Cactus

Coupon Cactus is one of those browser extensions that claim they can help you save money online. The plugin is promoted at coupon-cactus.com. The website provides basic information on what the plugin does and which browsers it is compatible with - Coupon Cactus can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Also, the website presents you with a list of online stores that are supported by Coupon Cactus. The list includes Expedia, Toys R Us, kmart, petsmart "plus 1000s of others" according to the website. However, if you do not plan on using the plugin, you are recommended to remove Coupon Cactus from your computer.

The official website is not the only place where you can download Coupon Cactus at. Just like any other browser extension developed by 215 Apps, like Deal Spy, Discount Buddy or Coupon Caddy, Coupon Cactus can also come bundled with free software applications that you download at various third party websites. Although Coupon Cactus is not a computer virus, it can still put your privacy in a risk, by making an extensive use of cookies. Based on the Privacy Policy display at the official website, Coupon Cactus does use cookies to collect your info:

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser, and through our Plugin Service, to enable our systems to recognize your browser.

The Help portion of the Plugin on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.

Needless to say, that if Coupon Cactus get exploited by cyber criminals, they can get a hold of all the data collected by this plugin and then use it for malicious purposes. Rather loose security system is the main problem related to this plugin. What is more, it does not review the links displayed in its commercial adverts, so if cyber criminals embed links to malicious website in these ads, you may be exposed to malware.

However, it is rather easy to remove Coupon Cactus from your computer on your own, so if you want to get rid of this plugin, follow the instructions below:

Delete Coupon Cactus from PC

Remove from Windows 8

  1. Right-click metro Start screen.
  2. Click All apps button at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Go to Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove Coupon Cactus.

Remove from Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Coupon Cactus.

Remove from Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove programs and uninstall Coupon Cactus.

Removing Coupon Cactus via Control Panel should be enough to delete the plugin, but if it is still present in your browser, do the following:

Delete Coupon Cactus from Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Manage add-ons.
  2. Remove Coupon Cactus from Toolbars and Extensions.

Delete Coupon Cactus from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. Remove Coupon Cactus from Extensions.

Delete Coupon Cactus from Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and click Tools.
  2. Select Extensions and remove Coupon Cactus.

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