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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

GetCouponsFast Toolbar

GetCouponsFast Toolbar is yet another attempt from the creators of the infamously useless and potentially unreliable Mindspark family of bad toolbars, including other “gems” like PasswordLogic Toolbar and TestForSpeed Toolbar. We cannot claim that this questionable application presents a major threat to your operating system or your files you store on your PC. This is why we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) after our tests. You may think that it is a good idea to have a search page with features that can help you “get free printable coupons from popular sites,” but we believe that this browser extension is totally redundant and hides potential risks through the content it may provide. Therefore, we suggest that you remove GetCouponsFast Toolbar from your computer if you do not want to risk further infections or worse.

As we have already mentioned, this toolbar comes from the notorious Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. You can find the official website promoting this browser extension at getcouponsfast.com/index.jhtml. This is indeed a very simple webpage that only has a big Start Download button and very limited information about this tool. However, before you rush to click on the “Add extension” button on the window that pops up, we recommend that you spend a few seconds to read through what sort of permissions you are about to give this application. Most users ignore this window and do not even know what kind of data this extension will be capable of reading, changing, and managing.

Yet another official page you can install this useless tool directly is the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/getcouponsfast/bmdklnmbidoopmlenolbcobocjgbedmp. From this page you can clearly see that so far practically no user has installed this tool. This does not make it sound like a popular and essential application. Nonetheless, we do not even think that too many users would find these pages or would knowingly install this PUP. If what you have read so far is not enough for you to want to delete GetCouponsFast Toolbar right away, let us tell you more about this questionable tool.

Apart from the official channels it is quite possible that this PUP is spread in freeware bundles that may contain a number of more serious malware infections, including adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, fake alerts, and other PUPs. Getting infected with such a package could be quite detrimental to the health of your operating system and it could make your computer vulnerable to further cyber attacks. If you wish to avoid downloading such bundles, you need to keep away from suspicious websites, including torrent, freeware, online gaming, and gambling pages as well as clicking on random third-party advertisements, which seems to be the main cause of malware infections. If you find this PUP in your browsers and do not recall installing it, we recommend that you delete GetCouponsFast Toolbar and then, run a reliable malware scanner to find all possibly harmful programs.

When you install this PUP, it changes your home page and new page settings in your browsers. Although officially it seems to only affect Google Chrome, our research shows that your Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browser may also be infected by this bad toolbar. This Mindspark product offers you the usual toolbar with the search tool and other features, which include lists of quick links leading to coupon and freebie websites as well as local weather information. In addition to this, you also have a main search box and below it, several thumbnail links redirecting you to coupon-related pages and popular websites, including Yahoo, Facebook, and YouTube. This PUP also creates a small icon in the top-right corner of your browser window. If you click this button, a new tab opens. As a matter of fact, you could simply use the built-in bookmarking function of your browsers if you want to have easy access to preferred websites without any potential risk.

The search engine this PUP offers is also questionable as it redirects you to int.search.myway.com, which looks like a customized Google search results page; actually, this tool does claim that it uses a “Google enhanced” search engine. However, the results could be hacked and may contain potentially unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links. If you happened to click on one, you could be redirected to malicious websites or drop malicious programs directly onto your system. Thus, we advise you to remove GetCouponsFast Toolbar from your PC, and let us tell you how.

First of all, it is advisable to uninstall the application via Control Panel. However, this uninstaller does not seem to function fully and only removes this PUP from the Internet Explorer browser. Therefore, we recommend that you reset the other two browsers to make sure that no leftovers remain. If, for some reasons, you do not want to reset your browsers, you can also try to simply remove the undesirable extension. Please follow our instructions below if you need any help. Keep in mind that it is vital that you make sure that no malware infections and PUPs remain on board. If you do not feel up to the task of identifying all possible threats manually, you can always install a reliable malware removal tool, such as SpyHunter to do this for you automatically as well as to protect your PC from future malware attacks.

GetCouponsFast Toolbar Removal from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Press the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Pick Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and press Remove.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Press Win+R and type in Control Panel in the box. Click OK.
  2. Choose Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and press Uninstall.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+I and choose Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and press Uninstall.

How to reset your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. In the pop-up, click Refresh Firefox.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  3. Press Reset settings at the bottom.
  4. Click Reset.
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