You Are Our Winner Today! POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "You are our winner today!" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

You Are Our Winner Today! removal instructions

What is You Are Our Winner Today!?

"You Are Our Winner Today!" is a deceptive pop-up message displayed by various rogue sites. Research shows that, in most cases, users visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by various PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and intrusive ads delivered by other sites. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs typically infiltrate systems without permission, deliver intrusive ads, and record sensitive information.

You Are Our Winner Today! scam

The "You Are Our Winner Today!" message states that the user is "Today's lucky visitor" and has a chance to win an iPhone X, Playstation 4, or Samsung Galaxy S8. The user must simply complete a survey of three questions. This is a scam. Criminals generate revenue by tricking users into completing various surveys. Furthermore, after completing the survey, users are presented with a window stating that they have won. To claim the prize, the victim must enter personal data (name, surname, address, email address, etc.) Developers can then misuse this information, thereby causing serious privacy issues. Therefore, ignore the "You Are Our Winner Today!" message and leave the site immediately. Some rogue sites use scripts that prevent users from closing their browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser using Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will end up returning to the malicious site/s.

As mentioned above, potentially unwanted programs are designed to gather information. The list of collected data types typically includes (but it is not limited to) Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and keystrokes. This information also includes personal details that are shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who also misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of information-tracking apps can lead to identity theft. PUPs are also notorious for delivering intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other delivered ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive ads can lead to malicious sites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in high-risk computer infections. For these reasons, all PUPs must be eliminated immediately.

There are dozens of deceptive pop-ups similar to "You Are Our Winner Today!". For example, ERROR 268d3x8938, Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At High Risk, Attention Your Computer Has Been Infected, and Your Computer Might Be Infected By Trojans. The main difference is that, unlike "You Are Our Winner Today!", these messages do not offer any prizes. They claim that the system is damaged (e.g., infected, missing files, etc.) and encourages users to download a system repair/anti-spyware tool (in-app purchases) or contact fake 'tech support' (paid services). In any case, all have an identical purpose - to generate revenue for the developers. All potentially unwanted programs are very similar. By offering a wide range of "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive information, and deliver intrusive ads, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Some PUPs have official download websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission, since developers promote them using intrusive advertisements, and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software). Developers do not properly disclose installation of "bundled" PUPs. They are hidden within various sections (typically "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are very likely to click advertisements and skip download/installation steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, and thus most seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Cancel offers to download/install third party apps and decline offers to download/install them. You are advised to avoid using third party download/installation tools, since developers monetize them by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method). Apps should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "You Are Our Winner Today!" pop-up:

Google Membership Rewards
Congratulations Privax LTD User, your Desktop has won (1) gift from Google!
Every Monday we select 10 lucky Desktop users randomly (once a day), to receive a free gift (prize guaranteed!) from our sponsor - Privax LTD. This free gift is only for clients of Privax LTD! This is simply our way to thank you for continued support for our products and services (product name: Desktop).
You have been selected by Privax LTD to win a free gift of up to $1149 if you answer the next 3 questions correctly.
Note: ACT NOW! 8 Desktop users have received this invitation and there are only 2 prizes to be won.
You have 1 minute and 22 seconds to answer the following questions before we give the prizes to another lucky user! Good luck!/p>

Page displayed after the user completes the survey:

You Are Our Winner Today enter information

The appearance of "You Are Our Winner Today!" pop-up (GIF):

You Are Our Winner Today! scam gif

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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 Are Our Winner Today! 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "you are our winner today!" 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 rogue extensions 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 and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "you are our winner today!" 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 rogue extensions 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "you are our winner today!" 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.

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