dealsburger king: buy one whopper get one free…

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Do a quick Google search on coupons.com before installing their software. Some may not find it worth a sandwich.

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From a Yahoo Answers discussion:

"Coupons.com is one of the originators of the "coupon printer" download.
The primary purpose of the coupon printer is to limit the number of times you can print a coupon for one merchant."

I was uneasy about installing software to print until I read this, that it is just a way to regulate things.

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The idea of limiting the number of times a coupon is printed is dumb! I can just make copies.

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@barrywilliams991: But any copy past the second one will fail in the stores. You can print two copies of almost every coupon on there. Each of those has a unique barcode. They are invalidated after they are used. They even come with a verification link right on the coupon. Most cash register systems will validate the coupon before accepting it.

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Our company IT dept won't allow this to be installed on any of the company owned computers and laptops. It's blocked. If they consider it a security risk, that's good enough for me. If they truly want to limit the quantity, they would just email the coupons to me and they'd print out with a unique number or my name and email printed on them. Many companies do this. As the other person pointed out - it's quite simple to scan and reprint as many as you want anyway, so why make people install software that might also contain spyware, malware, etc.?

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@startanew2: I use the coupon printer, but I completely understand why an IT department would block it. It installs itself into the browser, and presents the risk of disrupting web browsing or causing problems if there was a problem with it, which IT would then have to troubleshoot.

That's less a risk of the software itself than it is of installing untrusted software in general. And since it ties in with a web browser, they like most IT departments would not allow it.

It only loads from within the coupons.com site or from a site that makes requests to coupons.com, so it can't really act as spyware, and I haven't had any issues at all with it personally.

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coupon.com gets flagged for viruses all of the time. I've never installed it because of that, but I've seen many a laptops get confiscated and wiped here at work because of it. I'd stay clear of it because it seems like bloatware that you can't just 'remove'

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I work in IT and we purposely block this stuff for a reason. It's a terrible nuisance. I'll pay the extra few dollars for a second Whopper.

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@sumduud: It is most definitely something you can remove. They have instructions in their FAQ, but to cut to the chase, you simply use the uninstaller in Windows as you would with any other legitimate program. Company IT departments will often block anything that has no legitimate work use; this would qualify the site for a block under that category in most instances, not because it is in some way malicious.

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Do a little more searching. You might think you can easily remove it...but the simple fact is it leaves chynks behind disguised as Windows components.

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@teamstortz: Except that Windows installer won't easly remove it. It leaves trace behind and may reinstall itself as well. I've seen this happen, not just talking out my rear.

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I downloaded the software and then uninstalled it without a problem. Just uncheck the coupon bar for your browser.

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Coupon is available at "Retailmenot.com" without the software download requirement.

http://www.retailmenot.com/printable#print.4311839

Just tested the link. Takes a minute to bring up the printable coupon, so be patient please.

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@sumduud: I've never seen it just magically "reinstall" itself; I'm really not so sure about that claim. However, many pieces of software leave things behind; it's not uncommon or generally a nefarious action; this is actually the root of an entire category of software (system file/registry cleaners). Most likely the pieces it leaves behind are what identifies the device as unique to prevent folks from simply removing the software and reinstalling to be able to print extra copies of the coupons. I can't say for sure as I didn't write the software, but that would be my best guess. I used to not trust this software as well, but I re-evaluated my own position a few years ago and removed my tinfoil hat in this case. :) If it really was a threat most respectable malware scanners would flag it as such.

To each their own though; if you're not comfortable installing it, then don't. I'm comfortable with this software and will continue to use it to save money with the coupons available.

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@sumduud: I'm comfortable with it, but as somebody else mentioned, IT at my company doesn't allow the install. I have it at home, but a lot of times I get busy with other stuff and forget to print things that I wanted. Plus, it's always good to have a back-up plan.