You've Made The 5-billionth Search POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

"You've Made The 5-billionth Search" removal instructions

What is "You've Made The 5-billionth Search"?

"You've Made The 5-billionth Search" is a scam, which is a part of another scam called "You Have Won A Google Gift" and is distributed through a deceptive website. People commonly visit websites of this type unintentionally - they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on their computers or web browsers. In summary, these applications cause unwanted redirects to untrustworthy websites. Furthermore, they usually collect data and feed users with intrusive advertisements.

You've Made The 5-billionth Search scam

The main purpose of the "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" scam is to trick people into believing that they were selected as winners of a 5-billionth search query. At time of research, scammers behind this scam cite a (probably non-existent) person called Brad Jenkins from Brussels as the last winner who supposedly won a Samsung KU6179 Ultra HD TV on 14.05.2018. This deceptive website declares every visitor to be the next winner. It displays three "CHOOSE" buttons that allow visitors to choose one of three hidden prizes. It states that anyone who takes this opportunity will also be entered into a 'Hall of Fame' and will receive a winner's certificate. Scammers behind the "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" scam also urge people to take action (claim their prize) within 15 minutes, otherwise the offer no longer applies. If one of the buttons is clicked, this deceptive website opens a pop-up window, which displays information about which prize the visitor has been qualified to win. In our example, the prize was an iPhone X. There is a screenshot of this pop-up window below. There are two options given: to accept a chance to win or close the page. It is very likely that by accepting, people will be asked to provide various details (as part of surveys, and so on). We advise against accepting any offers that are displayed on deceptive websites. The best option is to simply close these websites. If they cannot be closed normally, we recommend that you use Task Manager and end the entire browser process. Note, however, that the closed session should not be restored, since this will return you to the same site, or another web page that leads to it.

As mentioned in our introduction, potentially unwanted applications force people to visit dubious websites designed to promote scams, however, they also feed users with intrusive ads. PUAs deliver coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, and so on. It is impossible for these ads to go unnoticed, since they are usually displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, if clicked, they often redirect to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. In some cases, they run scripts designed to download/install even more (additional) unwanted applications. Another negative side of having PUAs installed is that they gather data. For example, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. There is a strong possibility that personal, sensitive details might also be collected. All data is collected with the purpose to share it with third parties who misuse private information to generate revenue. Note that some of these parties might be cyber criminals. Thus, having these apps installed might can lead to problems with the privacy, browsing safety, or can even result in identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all installed unwanted applications immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"You've Made The 5-billionth Search" virus
Threat TypePhishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
SymptomsUnauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methodsDeceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
DamageLoss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
Removal

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"Dear Browser User", "Comcast Cable Communications Congratulations", and "$1000 VISA Gift Card" are just a few examples of other scams that operate in a similar manner to "You've Made The 5-billionth Search". They are used by scammers who attempt to extort money from innocent people or to extract personal details. The main purpose of scammers who employ these scams is to generate revenue. The aforementioned PUAs are all very similar. They are promoted as useful and legitimate, however, once installed, they deliver none of the functions promised and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Potentially unwanted applications can sometimes be downloaded from their official websites, however, people usually install them unintentionally through clicked intrusive advertisements or when a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" is used. Developers use this method to trick people into installing unwanted applications together with other chosen software. In most cases, PUAs are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar) options/settings of the installation (or download) set-ups. Information regarding the inclusion of PUAs is usually not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users skip software installation/download steps an click various advertisements, thus causing inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Careless behaviour is usually the reason for problems relating to online, browsing safety and privacy. Therefore, browse the internet and download and install software carefully. Do not download software from unofficial, untrustworthy websites, using Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, or other similar channels/tools. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options when installing or downloading software. Note that cyber criminals invest considerable time and money into design of their advertisements. Therefore, most seem legitimate. In fact, they often lead to adult dating, pornography, gambling, and other similar untrustworthy, potentially malicious sites. If you experience unwanted redirects to dubious websites, check all extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that are installed on your browser and remove any suspicious, unwanted entries. Also make sure that there are no programs of this kind on the list of installed programs on your computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" pop-up:

You've made the 5-billionth search.

You were evaluated as the winner of today's 5-billionth search query a few minutes ago by our system!

Our last winner was Brad Jenkins from Brussels, Belgium, who won a Samsung KU6179 Ultra HD TV on 14.05.2018 with his 5-billionth Search.

We are proud to announce that you are our next winner.

Every time the 5-billionth search is reached, we proclaim a winner and reset the counter.

You may choose one of three hidden prizes below. In addition, you will be entered in our Hall of Fame and receive a winner's certificate.

Behind every blue cup is a prize. Click on a prize cup to uncover it.

For technical reasons, we are not allowed to keep your invitation open for more than 15 minutes. Choose one of the prizes below and follow the instructions on your screen.

The appearance of "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" (GIF):

You've Made The 5-billionth Search scam gif

Screenshot of a pop-up window that appears when the "CHOOSE" button is clicked:

screenshot of the pop-up window that appears when the choose button is clicked

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

PUAs 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 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:

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've made the 5-billionth search" 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've made the 5-billionth search" 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've made the 5-billionth search" 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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