You Have Won A Google Gift Scam

Also Known As: "You Have Won A Google Gift" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

You Have Won A Google Gift removal instructions

What is You Have Won A Google Gift?

"You Have Won A Google Gift" is a scam message displayed by malicious websites. Research shows that users typically visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive advertisements (e.g., pop-ups) displayed by other dubious sites. Note that potentially unwanted programs are likely to infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, PUPs are also known to deliver intrusive advertisements, record sensitive information, and misuse system resources to run unwanted background processes.

You Have Won A Google Gift adware

"You Have Won A Google Gift" message states that Google selects ten lucky visitors each day and rewards them with certain prizes. It goes on to say that you happen to be one of these lucky ten people. To receive a gift, the victim must complete a survey. The prize depends on which device/browser is used to visit the site. For example, users with the Google Chrome browser are offered a $749 equivalent gift from Verizon Business, while mobile users can supposedly choose between a $1000 Walmart Giftcard, a 256 GB iPhone X, and a Samsung Galaxy S8. Although these "offers" may seem tempting, it is a scam. "You Have Won A Google Gift" message has nothing to do with Google. Cyber criminals generate revenue by tricking unsuspecting users into completing various surveys, after which the users receive nothing in return. No company would provide these gifts in exchange for a survey comprising several questions. If you visit a site displaying the "You Have Won A Google Gift" message, immediately close it down. Note, however, that some rogue sites employ scripts designed to prevent users from closing Internet browsers or browsing tabs. In this case, close the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site.

Potentially unwanted programs deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other intrusive ads by employing tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive ads often redirect to malicious sites and even run scripts designed to download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. PUPs are also likely to gather information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. Collected data might contain personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). There is a high probability that personal information will be misused to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking app(s) can lead to serious privacy issues. Furthermore, PUPs often run various processes (e.g., to mine cryptocurrency) in the background without users' consent. By stealthily misusing resources, potentially unwanted programs significantly diminish overall system performance. For these reasons, eliminate all PUPs immediately.

Research shows that all potentially unwanted programs are very similar. By offering various 'useful features' (e.g., system optimization, anti-virus, file conversion, etc.), PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and often trick users to install. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

As mentioned above, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission, since developers proliferate them using the aforementioned intrusive ads together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of PUPs with regular programs). Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes - they do not disclose this information properly. Furthermore, many users are likely to click ads, rush download/installation processes, and skip steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Intrusive ads are often designed to seem legitimate, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. If you continually encounter these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We also recommend that you use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite.

Text presented in one of the malicious sites:

Google Membership Rewards

Congratulations Google User, you have won a Google gift!
Every Wednesday we select 10 lucky Google users randomly to receive a gift from our sponsors. The free gift is ONLY for users in United States! This is our way of thanking you for your constantly support for our products and services. You can choose a free $1000 Walmart Giftcard, iPhone X 256 G or Samsung Galaxy S8. To win all you need to do is to answer the following 3 questions. Note: ACT NOW! 8 users have received this invitation and there are only 2 prizes to be won. You have 1 minute and 30 seconds to accuser the following questions before we give the prizes to another lucky user! Good luck!

One of the mobile versions of "You Have Won A Google Gift" scam:

You Have Won A Google Gift mobile version

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted programs:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

You Have Won A Google Gift adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "you have won a google gift" virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "you have won a google gift" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing You Have Won A Google Gift ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "you have won a google gift" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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