Do not trust Congratulations Walmart shopper! lottery scam

Also Known As: "Congratilations Walmart shopper!" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Congratulations Walmart shopper!" removal instructions

What is "Congratulations Walmart shopper!"?

This lottery scam website claims that its visitors have a chance to win one of a few prizes. Typically, scammers behind websites of this type have one main goal - to deceive people into providing various information, for example, name, surname, email address, credit card details, and so on. In one way or another, neither this or any other website should be trusted. In most cases they get opened through various deceptive advertisements, other untrustworthy websites or by potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is installed on user's browser and/or operating system.

Congratulations Walmart shopper! scam

When visited, this scam website displays a pop-up window saying that its visitors have a chance to win an exclusive reward for being loyal customers of Walmart. It is worth mentioning that Walmart company has nothing to do with this fake lottery. In order to participate in this lottery scam visitors supposed to spin the wheel and then claim one of the special prizes such as Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods or $1000 Walmart gift card. However, before being able to claim a certain prize visitors are asked to provide various information. Typically, websites of this type ask to provide details like name, surname, address, phone number, email address, and other details. It is quite common that they ask to provide credit card details as well. However, at the time of the research the "Claim Your Prize" button led to a malfunctioning website. We strongly recommend not to provide any information neither on this or any other similar website. People who trust websites of this type risk to become victims of identity theft, experience monetary loss, problems with privacy, and so on.

As we mentioned in the introduction, quite often websites of this type get opened by some potentially unwanted app that is installed on a browser and/or operating system. Apps of this type not only open untrustworthy pages, but also gather browsing data and/or feed users with intrusive advertisements. They gather details like IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, etc. Typically, their developers sell collected information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue or they misuse it by themselves. Also, PUAs often are designed to serve intrusive advertisements. Typically, they display ads in forms of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. People who click those ads usually get redirected to various questionable pages or they allow them to execute scripts that cause download and/or installation of some PUA, or even malicious program. Apps of this type should be uninstalled as soon as possible, they may cause problems related to browsing safety, privacy, identity theft, and other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name "Congratilations Walmart shopper!" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim This website claims that visitors have a chance to win a special prize/or.
Related Domains rewardsawesome[.]com, lucky-gifts-center[.]com
Detection Names (rewardsawesome[.]com) Fortinet (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Appearing lottery scams, 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.
Removal

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"Congratulations Dear Amazon Customer", "Dear Chrome User, Congratulations!" and "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" are examples of other scam websites of this kind. What most of these pages have in common is that they are designed to trick visitors into providing various information and none of the participants win any prizes. Also, scammers behind these pages often try to make them to look more convincing by using names of well known companies (like Walmart). If such pages get opened often, then it is very likely that it happens because of some PUA that is installed on a browser (and/or operating system).

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As a rule, people download and install PUAs unwillingly/unintentionally. In most cases it happens when software developers distribute apps of this type by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Simply sayd, they include PUAs in various download and/or installation setups of other programs and hide information about it in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. People who download and/or install software without changing those settings often unknowingly give various PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed as well. In some cases PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when people click deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We do not recommend to download (and install) software through untrustworthy websites, third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), and so on. It should be done by using only official websites and direct download links. Also, it is important to decline offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted apps before completing any download and/or installation process. Typically, those offers are mentioned in settings of setups like "Advanced, "Custom". Furthermore, we recommend not to click various intrusive ads, especially if they appear on questionable websites. Typically, they lead to potentially malicious pages or cause downloads, installations of some unwanted software. If there are any unknown, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the initial "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" pop-up:

Congratulations Walmart shopper!
We would like to thank you for your loyalty - so we are offering you a chance to receive an exclusive reward

Spin the wheel to claim your special prize

Good Luck!

Screenshot of the background page:

congratulations walmart shopper scam background page

Text in this page:

EXCLUSIVE REWARDS ★
Walmart
Only today - January 27, 2020  img
Spin & Win

Every Monday we select 7 lucky Walmart shoppers to receive a special reward. Spin the wheel to claim your special prize.

Screenshot of the second pop-up:

congratulations walmart shopper scam second pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

Congratulations!
(1) $1000 Walmart Gift Card is reserved for you!

To claim your prize, click the button bellow and verify your information on the next page.

Claim Your Prize →
Your prize will expire in 5:09

Appearance of "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" scam (GIF):

Congratulations Walmart shopper scam gif

Appearance of another "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" lottery scam variant (GIF):

congratulations walmart shopper scam another variant

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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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" 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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" 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 plugins 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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "congratilations walmart shopper!" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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