Obviously we don’t want to promote a service that’s going to ruin your computers, so I decided to look into it. Over at Hip2Save, several users havecommented about getting a virus while using Coupons.com. First, I was not able to reproduce the issue myself, but most likely I did not see the same ad; that being said, I can’t tell you which ad to look out for, but it doesn’t appear to be super rampant.
Basically, here’s my tip: if you’re on Coupons.com and a window shows up showing a virus scan and indicating that you have a virus, simply close the window. It’s a pop-up (most likely generated from an infected ad that coupons.com has nothing to do with) that is trying to get you to install a virus. Once you do that, you’ll be prompted to pay for said protection; DON’T DO IT, it’s a scam.
If you’ve already been infected, here is a good walkthrough on how to remove it yourself.
If you don’t have an anti-virus program currently installed, I would recommend reading my post on Free Antivirus programs. While you’re at it, Keep your Windows PC Super Clean, Free! is another article you may want to check out.
Feel free to ask questions in thecomments section, I’ll do my best to answer them.