"Congratulations Walgreens shopper!" removal instructions
What is "Congratulations Walgreens shopper!"?
This lottery scam is disguised as a lottery organized by Walgreens. Like many other legitimate companies, Walgreens is not a part this or other similar scams in any way. Typically, scammers behind these websites attempt to deceive visitors into participating in a fake lottery and providing personal details so that they can misuse them to generate revenue. We strongly recommend that you ignore this and other similar scams. Typically, these sites are opened through other dubious web pages, deceptive advertisements or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on browsers and/or operating systems. I.e., people do not visit websites of this kind intentionally.
According to this website, visitors have the chance to win a special prize such as an Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods or a Walgreens $1000 gift card. To participate in the lottery, visitors must spin the wheel and then claim one of the prizes offered by clicking the "Claim Your Prize" button. At the time of research, the button led to a website containing a "Thank You" message, however, in most cases, lottery scam websites ask people to provide various information such as name, surname, telephone number, home and email address, credit card details, and so on. Generally, scammers behind websites of this type misuse the information to generate revenue. People who trust these websites thus risk experiencing problems relating to privacy, financial loss, becoming victims of identity theft, and so on. Therefore, lottery scams and other deceptive websites should never be trusted. Browsers often open untrusted websites due to PUAs installed on them.
Typically, these apps open dubious web pages, gather browsing data, and/or display various advertisements. They collect information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and so on. In some cases, they record sensitive, personal details as well. Furthermore, the developers tend to sell gathered data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. PUAs might also be designed to serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements that lead people who click them to untrusted websites (including lottery scams). These ads sometimes execute scripts that cause download/installation of unwanted software. Therefore, all installed PUAs should be removed immediately.
|Name||"Congratulations Walgreens shopper!" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||Scammers behind this lottery scam claim that visitor have the chance to win a prize.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Examples of other scams include "Dear Safari User, You Are Today's Lucky Visitor", "Congratulations Walmart Shopper!" and "Congratulations Dear Amazon Customer". The main purpose of these websites is to trick visitors into providing various information. They are often disguised as official websites of various legitimate companies. People who participate in fake lotteries (and provide personal information) never win anything and simply put themselves at risk of serious problems.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Generally, people download and install PUAs inadvertently when they intentionally or accidentally click deceptive ads, or when they download or install regular software. Download/installation set-ups often include offers to download and/or install additional, potentially unwanted apps. These offers are usually hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. This distribution method of potentially unwanted software is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps together with other software. They succeed when people leave the aforementioned settings unchanged - this allows PUAs to be downloaded and installed through the set-ups of programs that people wish to download or install willingly.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not download or install programs/files using third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, dubious (unofficial) websites or other tools/sources. The safest way to download is using official websites and direct download links. Do not complete any download or installation process without first checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites (such as those relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on), since they can cause unwanted downloads/installations or open potentially malicious websites. Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on the browser, and remove any unwanted programs from the computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in the initial "Congratulations Walgreens shopper!" pop-up:
Congratulations Walgreens shopper!
We would like to thank you for your continuing support for our services - so we are offering you a chance to receive an exclusive reward
Click "OK" to claim your special prize
Screenshot of the background page:
Text in this page:
Shopper Loyalty Program 2019
Every Monday we select 7 lucky Walgreens shoppers to receive a special reward. Spin the wheel to claim your special prize.
Screenshot of the second pop-up:
Text in this pop-up:
(1) $1000 Walgreens 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
The appearance of "Congratulations Walgreens shopper!" pop-up (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "Congratulations Walgreens shopper!"?
- 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 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "congratulations walgreens 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.
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 "congratulations walgreens shopper!" 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 "congratulations walgreens 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, 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 "congratulations walgreens shopper!" 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "congratulations walgreens shopper!" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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