What is $1000 VISA Gift Card?
"$1000 VISA Gift Card" is a scam message delivered by various deceptive websites. Research shows that many visitors arrive at these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive ads delivered by other rogue sites.
Be aware that unwanted apps typically infiltrate systems without permission and, as well as causing redirects, record sensitive information and deliver intrusive advertisements.
This deceptive message states that users have the chance to win a $1000 equivalent of a VISA gift card. All they have to do is answer several questions from a survey and enter an email address. This is a scam. After completing the survey, users receive nothing in return.
Developers use this scam to collect user-system information, such as visitors' IP addresses, system information, and email addresses. Many users are often careless and enter their real email addresses. Collected information is later sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.
For example, collected emails are used in spam email campaigns (cyber criminals proliferate malicious email attachments that, once opened, download and install high-risk viruses). There is a high probability that users who enter their email on the "$1000 VISA Gift Card" scam website will receive spam.
In any case, ignore this message and leave any deceptive websites immediately. As mentioned above, potentially unwanted applications also gather sensitive information, including keystrokes, queries entered into search engines, website URLs visited, pages viewed, geo-locations, IP addresses, and so on.
The data might contain personal details and, therefore, the presence of data-tracking application can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Research also shows that potentially unwanted applications often deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other intrusive advertisements.
To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads can lead to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install malware.
Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in high-risk computer infections. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate all PUAs immediately.
|Name||"00 VISA Gift Card" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
There are many potentially unwanted applications, all of which are virtually identical. By offering "useful features", these programs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Promises to enable functions are false.
Rather than giving any real value for regular users, these apps 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 applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs have official download websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, rogue apps typically infiltrate systems without permission (since developers proliferate them using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods).
"Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to click various advertisements and skip download/installation steps.
This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of potentially unwanted applications, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them.
We recommend that you download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are used to "bundle" software, and thus they should be avoided.
Remember that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, however, they can redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you encounter these ads, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
In summary, the key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of "$1000 VISA Gift Card" pop-up (GIF):
Another variant of "$1000 VISA Gift Card" pop-up scam:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is $1000 VISA Gift Card?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
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 application, 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "$1000 visa gift card" 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "00 visa gift card" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with "$1000 visa gift card" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "00 visa gift card" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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