How to remove apps that open dubious sites such as click-to-win-prize.com

Also Known As: Ads by click-to-win-prize.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

click-to-win-prize[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is click-to-win-prize[.]com?

click-to-win-prize[.]com is one of many untrusted websites that redirect visitors to other web pages of this kind, or load dubious content. Some examples of similar sites are sabs-news[.]info, pushcleansystem[.]com and checkvd[.]com. Users do not often visit these pages intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through clicked dubious ads, other bogus websites, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Note that PUAs are often designed to open bogus web pages, gather browsing-related information, and serve various advertisements.

click-to-win-prize[.]com pop-up redirects

click-to-win-prize[.]com opens about 2-3 other bogus pages or displays dubious content. The way it operates depends on the visitor's geolocation. This site also tries to deceive visitors into allowing it to show notifications using a 'clickbait' technique - click-to-win-prize[.]com suggests that it can be loaded by clicking the "Allow" button. In fact, by clicking it, visitors allow it to show unwanted notifications. Commonly, these web pages display notifications containing links to untrusted websites, dubious advertisements, and so on. If click-to-win-prize[.]com or other websites of this kind are opened by a the browser often, it is very likely that it is caused by an installed PUA. These rogue apps also serve coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys and other ads. If clicked, these open dubious websites and cause unwanted downloads and installations by executing certain scripts. Additionally, PUAs often track information - they collect data relating to users' browsing habits (e.g., IP addresses, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and geolocations). Sometimes they can access personal, sensitive details as well. The information is misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other ways. In such cases, users might become victims of identity theft, experience problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and other issues. Therefore, you are strongly advised to avoid downloading or installing apps of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by click-to-win-prize.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Serving IP Address 34.231.89.205
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Most PUAs do not improve the browsing experience or include any useful features. Despite this, they are often advertised as useful and legitimate applications. Their main purpose is to open dubious addresses, display ads, and gather data. If these apps are already installed on your system, remove them immediately.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and install potentially unwanted applications inadvertently when they are distributed by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Generally, offers to download or install PUAs are listed in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings. Many users fail to check and change these settings, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download or install PUAs. In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations are caused via deceptive advertisements that, when clicked, execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

It is important to download programs and files only from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc., are often used to distribute potentially unwanted or even malicious programs. The same applies to third party installers. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings and decline any offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open bogus websites or run scripts to download or even install unwanted applications. Remove any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of click-to-win-prize[.]com website (GIF):

click-to-win-prize[.]com website appearance (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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

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.

click-to-win-prize[.]com adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes click-to-win-prize[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing click-to-win-prize[.]com ads 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 click-to-win-prize[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by click-to-win-prize.com, 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 click-to-win-prize[.]com  ads 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 click-to-win-prize[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by click-to-win-prize.com, 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 click-to-win-prize[.]com ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing click-to-win-prize[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by click-to-win-prize.com 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 ads by click-to-win-prize.com, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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