Access Your Coupons
Are you an avid online shopper? Or maybe you love hunting for coupons? If so, Access Your Coupons might seem like a pretty good app that can help you save money when you go on a shopping spree. However, our research team says that this app is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). A PUP might not be the worst computer security threat out there, but it shouldn’t be allowed on your system if you didn’t intend to have it. Hence, if you don’t remember installing this application, it’s about time you remove Access Your Coupons from your system.
Like most of the potentially unwanted programs, Access Your Coupons has an official website. You can read more about the app and what it does at frugalshark.com. Technically, this application should really help you save money, but we have to remember that the official distribution sources might be just a fraction of what an app employs to reach you. Hence, if you’ve never visited the official website before, but you still have Access Your Coupons on your browser, that’s not surprising at all.
Aside from the official websites, PUPs might travel in software bundles, or they could reach through via pop-ups and redirects. This means that users often can avoid adding such apps to their computers. The most important thing is to be careful and attentive. For instance, when you download freeware, be sure to read all the steps in the installation wizard. In fact, it would be better to avoid downloading programs from such sites altogether. Go only to the official vendor pages for new programs!
Also, when you encounter a pop-up or a redirect, close those new tabs and windows immediately. And if the pop-up requires you to click something before you close it, read whatever it has to say! Sometimes users click the most prominent button without reading what it has to say, and that’s how Access Your Coupons gets added to their browsers. So again, if you want to avoid this PUP, be careful when you browse the web.
On the other hand, if Access Your Coupons gets added to your browser, it’s not the end of the world. Right before it happens, the application requests permission to replace the page when you open a new tab. It means that it can change your new tab settings. Then, it also informs users that it’s going to communicate with cooperating websites. So, while Access Your Coupons doesn’t change your default search engine, whenever you open a new tab, you will be automatically redirected to frugalshark.com/search.
Technically, this modification should help you find new coupons, but please note that the application doesn’t have an individual search engine. It makes use of the Yahoo! Search page, just like many other PUPs. With these modifications complete, the official stance is that you should be able to access “coupon web links and search from your browser new tab extension.” Also, “Frugal Shark configures your browser to provide access to coupon websites while also provided you with custom web search on your new tab.”
All in all, the application looks like a good deal, but let’s not forget that it also collects information on your web browsing history. After all, these PUPs need to provide custom commercial content, and to customize the content for you, they need to collect information on what websites you visit, and what you usually search for. That is a common practice, but with PUPs, you can never know who could read that data. Albeit it doesn’t expose your personal information, it might still be used for various marketing tactics we’d wish to avoid.
Therefore, it would be a good idea right now to remove Access Your Coupons from your browser. It is very easy to get rid of this extension. If you think that there are more unwanted apps installed, you can scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. A full system scan will help you determine the current status of your system. If there are more unwanted programs found, you can remove them either manually or automatically. Always do what you must to protect your system and your personal information. If you feel at a loss, be sure to leave us a comment.
How to Remove Access Your Coupons