Removal instructions for apps designed to promote scams like Double Your Bitcoins
What is Double Your Bitcoins?
Scammers behind this scam website attempt to trick visitors into transferring them Bitcoins by offering to give ten times more return than they would transfer to the provided BTC wallet address. Websites of this type/money-swindling schemes should never be trusted. It is worthwhile to mention that most users do not visit such pages on purpose, they get opened through deceptive advertisements, other untrustworthy websites or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Cyber criminals behind this scam claim that they will send from 1 to 100 BTC to people who will send them from 0.1 to 10 BTC to the provided BTC wallet address. Simply said, offer to make an investment that generates a return of ten times the amount of the initial investment. It is stated that it is just a one time offer, therefore, unsuspecting visitors may be more likely to send a larger sum of Bitcoins to get higher investment returns. As mentioned in the introduction, it is common that scam websites (and other untrustworthy pages) often get opened by browsers that have some potentially unwanted app installed on them.
Quite often PUAs are designed not only to promote (open) questionable, untrustworthy websites, but also to serve advertisements and/or collect information related to user's browsing activities and/or other details. PUAs can be designed to serve coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other ads. When clicked, those ads can open shady, potentially malicious pages or run scripts designed to download and/or install other PUAs. Also, apps of this type can be designed to record information like IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Although, in some cases they can be designed to collect sensitive data as well. Another problem with it is that recorded information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways.
|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|
|Detection Names (apple-event[.]org)||CyRadar (Malicious), Kaspersky (Phishing), Netcraft (Malicious), Spamhaus (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|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)||
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A couple of examples of other scam websites are "Social Network Hacks Scam" and "Gift Card Giveaway Scam". As a rule, scammers behind such pages attempt to deceive visitors into transferring them money and/or providing some sensitive information (e.g., credit card details, login credentials) that could be misused to generate revenue in one or another way. It is common browsers open such pages when there is some PUA installed on them.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In most cases users download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts, or by downloading and/or installing programs that have PUAs in their setups included as additional offers. In the second case PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when users download and/or install other programs without checking and changing "Custom", "Advanced" settings of setups. When users leave those settings unchanged, they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling".
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download and installation tools, sources, like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g, torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites can be used to distribute various PUAs, or even some malware. Therefore, software (and files) should be downloaded only from official pages and through direct links. Setups that have "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted applications. Advertisements that are being displayed on various questionable websites can be designed to open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, those ads should not be clicked. If there are any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, plug-ins already installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled from it. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of "Double Your Bitcoins" scam (GIF):
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
You can send BTC to the following address.
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.
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Double Your Bitcoins?
- 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 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.
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 double your bitcoins scam website, 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 plugins 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 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, 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 double your bitcoins scam website, 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 double your bitcoins scam website from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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