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Ian
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join:2002-06-18
ON
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Coupon Companion Plugin

Anyone know what this is or likely way it got installed? My firefox is pretty locked down (or so I thought), and somehow had this added. Killed it for now, but curious as to where it likely came from.



Sundog
Premium
join:2003-12-12
Baja AZ

1 edit

1 recommendation

Do you use IE View extension?

It has a new developer and she has added WizeShoppy.



Ian
Premium
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said by Sundog:

Do you use IE View extension?

It has a new developer and she has added WizeShoppy.

Nope. Don't use that one.


goalieskates
Premium
join:2004-09-12
land of big
reply to Ian

Have you tried the Mozilla forum? They may have a better idea where it came from?



TK421
Premium
join:2004-12-19
Canada
reply to Ian

Download something from CNET.com recently?

A little while back a friend asked me for help when "Coupon Companion" installed silently with a free comic reader app he grabbed from CNET.


dsilvers

join:2009-05-17
Canyon Lake, TX

1 recommendation

reply to Ian

Run Adwcleaner

then Malwarebytes to clean up the left overs.

There a lot of complaints with various cnet downloads installing this.



Sundog
Premium
join:2003-12-12
Baja AZ
reply to Ian

Here are the current addons that the developer, ppclick, has added Superfish/WizeShoppy adware to:

IE View
Fab Tabs
Quick Locale Switcher
Copy Link Name
Email This Image



Ian
Premium
join:2002-06-18
ON
kudos:2

Must have been a Cnet Download. I thought they had cleaned up their act about packaging things with malware.


jl747

join:2005-03-24
Mount Prospect, IL
reply to Ian

Did you print any coupons from places like Smart Source or Red Plum or even from food company websites?



deke40
Premium
join:2003-01-23
Texas
reply to Ian

said by Ian:

Anyone know what this is or likely way it got installed? My firefox is pretty locked down (or so I thought), and somehow had this added. Killed it for now, but curious as to where it likely came from.

I posted awhile back about it and got some info from Tony Klein and others.

»Playbryte

redwolfe_98
Premium
join:2001-06-11
kudos:1
reply to dsilvers

Run Adwcleaner

you could try "junkware removal tool", too:

»www.bleepingcomputer.com/downloa···al-tool/


therube

join:2004-11-11
Randallstown, MD
reply to Ian

(Assuming the is the correct "coupon-companion") Uninstall Information.


Mele20
Premium
join:2001-06-05
Hilo, HI
kudos:4
reply to Ian

ahhh...you should know better than to EVER use CNet for downloads! Geez....

Expand your moderator at work

Cronk

join:2005-07-16
reply to Mele20

Re: Coupon Companion Plugin

The page that appears to have the "official" AVG-free download links to CNET. Is that not a safe download?
»free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download


Mele20
Premium
join:2001-06-05
Hilo, HI
kudos:4

I wouldn't use it. Get it here:

»www.majorgeeks.com/AVG_AntiVirus···886.html

Avira pulls the same shit. Tries to force people to download.com that adds junk if you are lucky and trojans if unlucky to the downloads there. With Avira, if search their website you can find a DIRECT download even of the free product. I would imagine that AVG has it on their own site somewhere. Always use the vendor's site for downloads if at all possible for ANY software. If you must use third party sites then choose reputable ones like MajorGeeks, Softpedia, File Hippo.
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When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson



StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
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join:2000-08-06
Galt's Gulch
kudos:2
reply to Ian

Anyone using stub installers (i.e. the small packages that download/install what you want plus "extras") vs full installers from a genuine site are likely to get crapware/malware like this. Sometimes they ask if you want to install the crap sometimes not.
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Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!



Ian
Premium
join:2002-06-18
ON
kudos:2
reply to Mele20

said by Mele20:

ahhh...you should know better than to EVER use CNet for downloads! Geez....

Yeah, I hadn't been based on the controversy over their stub installers, but think I just got lazy with one. Oh well. The good news is that I never exhibited any symptoms of having the Malware. With Noscript, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and Donottrackme, I never actually saw one of their coupon ads. I was only alerted to its presence when Firefox warned me that it disabled it. And I had already properly removed it when I posted. I was more interested in where I got it from. Cnet still sounds like the likely culprit.
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“Any claim that the root of a problem is simple should be treated the same as a claim that the root of a problem is Bigfoot. Simplicity and Bigfoot are found in the real world with about the same frequency.” – David Wong


antdude
A Ninja Ant
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join:2001-03-25
United State
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
reply to Sundog

said by Sundog:

Do you use IE View extension?

It has a new developer and she has added WizeShoppy.

What the frak??!


StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
Premium
join:2000-08-06
Galt's Gulch
kudos:2

1 recommendation

It can be easily disabled There's a tickbox (ticked by default) in its options.
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Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!


antdude
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Reviews:
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said by StuartMW:

It can be easily disabled There's a tickbox (ticked by default) in its options.

But still!

andyross
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
reply to StuartMW

Basically, what does IE View do that IE View Lite doesn't?


mblomme
Premium
join:2008-10-16
Auburn, NH

1 recommendation

said by andyross:

Basically, what does IE View do that IE View Lite doesn't?

Only the adware.
Apparently 1.5.5 added this adware. 1.5.1 does not have it.
The original author of IE View (Paul Roub) does not own/support it anymore, but mentions that IE View Lite is based on the (open) source. IE View Lite does not have the adware.

andyross
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL

1 recommendation

reply to Ian

In my opinion:
1) Mozilla should CLEARLY mark add-ons that contain adware in their Add-Ons store. Don't allow authors to bury it in a privacy statement.
2) When an existing add-on is updated to include adware, the automatic updater MUST pop up a notification to the user stating that it now includes adware and offering to cancel the install and even offer to uninstall or disable.