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How to remove apps promoting Double Your Bitcoins and other scams

Also Known As: Double Your Bitcoins scam website
Damage level: Medium

What is Double Your Bitcoins?

Criminals behind this scam website attempt to trick visitors into transferring a sum of Bitcoins to them by offering to return ten times the amount to the provided BTC wallet address. Websites of this type (money-swindling schemes) should never be trusted.

Note that most users do not visit these web pages intentionally - they are opened through deceptive advertisements, other untrusted websites, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Double Your Bitcoins scam

Cyber criminals behind this scam claim that they will deliver 1 - 100 BTC to people who send 0.1 - 10 BTC to the provided BTC wallet address. In summary, they offer to make an investment that generates a return of ten times the amount of the initial investment.

It is stated that this is just a one-time offer and, therefore, unsuspecting visitors are more likely to send a larger Bitcoin sum to achieve higher investment returns. As mentioned, these scam websites (and other untrusted pages) are often opened by browsers that have potentially unwanted apps installed.

PUAs are often designed to promote (open) dubious, untrusted websites, serve advertisements, and collect information relating to users' browsing activities and/or other details. PUAs can serve coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other ads. When clicked, these can open dubious, potentially malicious pages or run scripts designed to download and install other PUAs.

These apps can also record information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. In some cases, they can collect sensitive data. The recorded information could be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name Double Your Bitcoins scam website
Threat Type Scam, money-swindling scheme.
Fake Claim Visitors are offered an investment that generates a return of ten times the amount of the initial investment.
BTC Wallet Address 19MfgPM4PagF4DEzWpSpvnwJ3M9E5YuEmp
Related Domain apple-event[.]org
Detection Names (apple-event[.]org) CyRadar (Malicious), Kaspersky (Phishing), Netcraft (Malicious), Spamhaus (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Serving IP Address 104.18.42.15
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.
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Some examples of other scam websites are "Social Network Hacks Scam" and "Gift Card Giveaway Scam". Generally, scammers behind these web pages attempt to deceive visitors into transferring money and/or providing sensitive information (e.g., credit card details, login credentials), which could be misused to generate revenue in various ways.

Browsers often open these web pages when PUAs are installed.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are commonly distributed by integrating them into the download and/or installation set-ups of other programs, so that a proportion of users inadvertently download and install them together with their chosen software. This distribution method is known as "bundling".

Offers to download and install additionally-included apps usually appear in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the set-ups (where they can usually be declined). Many users fail to check and change these settings, thereby granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed by default.

In addition, unwanted downloads and installations are sometimes caused by clicking deceptive advertisements capable of executing certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download and installation tools, sources, such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g, torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites can be used to distribute PUAs or even malware. Therefore, software and files should be downloaded only from official pages and through direct links.

Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, and decline offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted applications. Do not click advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open other untrusted websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations.

Remove any, suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins already installed on the browser. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should also be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

The appearance of "Double Your Bitcoins" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Double Your Bitcoins scam

Text in this scam website:

To verify your address, just send from 0.1 to 10 BTC to the address below and get from 1 to 100 BTC back!
Note: You can participate only once

 

Payment Address

 

You can send BTC to the following address.

 

19MfgPM4PagF4DEzWpSpvnwJ3M9E5YuEmp

 

Click here to view address transactions live

 

Copy Address to Clipboard


Waiting for your payment

Still waiting for transaction? Click HERE

 

Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.
Every address that is sent too late, gets their XRP immediately sent back.

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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 double your bitcoins scam website, 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 double your bitcoins scam website, 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 double your bitcoins scam website 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 double your bitcoins scam website, 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

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