Remove apps promoting sites like you-just-won-prize.com

Also Known As: Ads by you-just-won-prize.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

You-just-won-prize[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is you-just-won-prize[.]com?

As a rule, websites like you-just-won-prize[.]com are designed to promote (open) various questionable pages or load shady content. More examples of pages like you-just-won-prize[.]com are urgent-incoming[.]email, withoughzp[.]club and xrclicks[.]xyz. It is worthwhile to mention that people do not visit them intentionally, usually such pages get opened by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), through deceptive ads or other untrustworthy pages.

you-just-won-prize[.]com pop-up redirects

Typically, PUAs open pages like you-just-won-prize[.]com in a new browser window or tab. Once visited, they open two, three questionable, potentially malicious sites or load some shady content. Also, most of them ask for a permission to show notifications, although, they do it deceptively - by using one or another clickbait technique. In this particular case you-just-won-prize[.]com suggests that by clicking the "Allow" button visitors will confirm that they are not robots. Although, clicking it allows a website to show notifications. As a rule, pages like you-just-won-prize[.]com show notifications that contain links to questionable websites, deceptive ads and/or other content of this kind. As mentioned in the introduction, pages like you-just-won-prize[.]com often are opened by browsers that have some PUA installed on them. Quite often PUAs are designed to collect browsing data and/or serve advertisements. In most cases they target IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites and/or other information related to user's browsing habits. However, in some cases apps of this type can be designed to collect personal, sensitive details. Moreover, their developers can misuse gathered data to generate revenue, for example, they could sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). In such cases users may start having problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even become victims of identity theft. Also, PUAs can be designed to serve ads. For instance, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of advertisements. When clicked, those can open various untrustworthy web pages. In some cases they can be designed to run certain scripts that would cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted, potentially malicious software. Therefore, any installed PUA (or PUAs) should be uninstalled.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by you-just-won-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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It is common that PUAs are advertised as apps that supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience and/or be useful in other ways. Although, most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by promoting untrustworthy pages like you-just-won-prize[.]com, serve advertisements and/or collect various information. They are called PUAs because most users download and install them unintentionally, unknowingly.

How did adware install on my computer?

Quite often developers promote/distribute PUAs including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Usually offers to download and/or install them are mentioned in their "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings and can be declined using the same settings. However, not all users check and change the aforementioned settings, which means they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. This software distribution method is known as "bundling". Additionally, sometimes users can cause downloads and/or installations of PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download anything from unofficial pages, through Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, etc., or install software with third party, fake installers. Programs and files should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Setups that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Intrusive advertisements that are displayed on questionable pages should not be clicked - they can be designed to open other untrustworthy websites or cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed from it. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are 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 you-just-won-prize[.]com website (GIF):

you-just-won-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.

you-just-won-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 you-just-won-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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing you-just-won-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 you-just-won-prize[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by you-just-won-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 you-just-won-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 you-just-won-prize[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by you-just-won-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 you-just-won-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.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing you-just-won-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 you-just-won-prize[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by you-just-won-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

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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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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