What is "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!"?
"YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" is a scam run by deceptive websites. It claims that visitors have been chosen and can win a special reward.
These scams are simply intended to generate revenue for their designers. They must never be trusted, as doing so can lead to serious issues. Sites that promote "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" and similar scams are typically accessed via redirects caused by intrusive ads or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already infiltrated into the system.
Visitors to websites running the "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" scam first see a pop-up window claiming that they have been chosen and have the chance of receiving a special reward. When this window is closed, users are presented with a "wheel-of-fortune" prize draw.
The wheel consists of potential prize images and "1 [more] spin" cells. It might take several spins for the arrow to land on a fake prize and, when it does, users are presented with another pop-up. This congratulates them for winning a Venmo gift card. While Venmo is a genuine payment service owned by PayPal, the alleged gift card is fake.
By using the names of legitimate services, scams further giver the impression of legitimacy. The text presented in the window urges users to accept the gift, as they supposedly have just five minutes to claim them.
They are instructed to provide their information in the next page to claim the prize. Clicking the "OK" button redirects to another site, which informs visitors that they need to answer a few questions to proceed towards their reward, however, the small print clarifies that they can only receive the prize upon completion of unspecified purchase requirements.
Users are then redirected to yet another deceptive/scam web page. You are strongly advised against trusting the "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" scam, as it is highly likely to lead to a number of serious problems.
One of the main causes of redirects to scam websites are PUAs, which can open various untrustworthy, rogue, sale-based, compromised or even malicious web pages. Unwanted apps can also deliver intrusive advertisements, which diminish the browsing experience, cause redirects to dangerous web pages and stealthily download/install unwanted content (e.g. PUAs).
Other applications within this category can hijack browsers, limit/deny access to their settings and promote bogus search engines. Most PUAs (regardless of their specific capabilities) can track data. They can monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details).
This vulnerable data can then be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, PUAs can cause browser/system infiltration and infections, lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure device/user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Name||YOU ARE THE CHOSEN! pop-up|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||Scam claims users can win a prize.|
|Serving IP Address (adport[.]io)||188.8.131.52|
|Detection Names (adport[.]io)||CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
This scam model (fake prize/award) is mostly used to trick people into revealing personal information (e.g. identity, banking, credit card and similar details) and/or making monetary transactions (e.g. "delivery", "shipping", "packing" fees or other "payments").
Other scam types include warnings that the system is infected, an essential piece of software is outdated/missing, or they present "amazing" offers and so on. Trusting these schemes can lead to download/installation and/or purchase of nonoperational, untrustworthy or malicious content, financial loss and can endanger users' privacy/safety.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs have "official" download pages, which are commonly promoted by deceptive sites, however, they can also be downloaded/installed together with other programs. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing normal content with unwanted or malicious software.
Rushing download/install processes (e.g. skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of potential system infiltration and infections. When clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research all products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Use only official and verified download sources. Untrustworthy download channels such as free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders should be avoided.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others).
If you encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in the initial pop-up of the "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" scam:
YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!
You can have a chance to get a special reward! Press 'OK'!
Text presented in the background:
Congratulations, you're Lucky Visitor!
You have been selected to receive a special reward from our sponsors!
Text presented in the pop-up displayed after the wheel stops on "1 spin":
You got (1) Extra Spin!
Screenshot of the pop-up congratulating users on winning:
Text presented in this pop-up:
Venmo Gift Card is reserved for you! Please HURRY! You have only 5 minutes to claim it! Verify your information on the next page to continue.
Screenshot of the website to which "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" initially redirects:
Screenshot of the next website redirect:
The appearance of "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!" scam (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN!"?
- 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 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 you are the chosen! pop-up, 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 you are the chosen! pop-up, 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 you are the chosen! pop-up 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 you are the chosen! pop-up, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove you are the chosen! pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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