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Remove apps promoting "$1000 Bank of America Gift Card" and similar scams

Also Known As: $1000 Bank of America Gift Card pop-up
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Removal instructions for apps promoting the $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam and others

What is $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam?

This scam website attempts to trick visitors into providing personal information in return for prizes (such as Walmart, Bank of America and Visa Gift cards, and an iPhone 11). Websites of this kind should never be trusted. Commonly, users do not visit them intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through deceptive advertisements, other untrusted pages, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

$1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam

At the time of research, this scam website suggested that it is possible to win a $1000 Walmart Gift Card, $1000 Visa Gift Card, $1000 Bank of America Gift Card, $1000 Amazon Gift Card or an iPhone 11. It might also mention other prizes. This page attempts to trick unsuspecting visitors into providing various information. Commonly, such pages ask to provide details such as name, surname, email address, telephone number, etc. They often ask to provide other information such as credit card details or to pay some processing fees, transfer charges. Depending on the information obtained, scammers behind these pages misuse the details for malicious purposes. For example, to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, and to steal identities. They could also sell the information to other cyber criminals. Therefore, never provide any details on such web pages.

PUAs that promote these bogus web pages often serve advertisements and collect user-system information as well. They display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of ads. They can open various untrusted pages or cause download/installation of potentially malicious apps. PUAs can also gather details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, etc. In some cases, they are capable of accessing sensitive information. There is a possibility that the developers will misuse collected data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name 00 Bank of America Gift Card pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Visitors can win a prize by providing certain information.
Related Domain winprize.wzcz[.]xyz
Detection Names (winprize.wzcz[.]xyz) Google Safebrowsing (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Symptoms 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)

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Some more examples of similar scam websites are "Amazon Loyalty Program", "$1000 Venmo Gift Card" and "You've Made The 9.68-Billionth Search". Most have are used to extract personal information that can be misused to generate revenue. Visitors do not often open these scam sites intentionally.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.), many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. When clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without users' permission. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software and files from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other sources of this kind. Avoid third party installers. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, and decline offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open other untrusted websites or even cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) that are installed on the browser. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. 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 $1000 Bank of America Gift Card pop-up scam (GIF):

Appearance of $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam

Text presented in the initial pop-up window:

Congratulation, Dear User,

 

We are holding an anniversary celebration to loyalty users.

 

Please click 'OK' to continue to your reward.

Text in the second pop-up window:

Congratulations!
Dear User, We are holding an anniversary celebration for next 7 Days (September.21 -> September.28) to reward your loyalty.
please click 'OK' to continue.

Text in the background page:

Congratulation, Dear User,

We are holding an anniversary celebration for next 7 Days (September.21 -> September.28), This is our way to thank you for your continual support and loyalty.

 

We will select 100 lucky user everyday to get a chance to receive an exclusive prize from us, including $1000 Walmart Gift Card, $1000 Visa Gift Card, $1000 Bank of America Gift Card, $1000 Amazon Gift Card or brand new iPhone 11!

 

Find our rewards below
All you have to do is choose the correct gift box and continue.

Screenshot of the second variant of this scam page:

1000 dollars bank of america gift card pop-up scam second variant

Text in its pop-up window:

Your $1000 Bank of America Gift Card has been reserved for next 5 minutes!!
***CONGRATULATION !!***

 

You have to claim it or we will offer it to the next user.


Fill in the correct information to ensure accurate delivery of your $1000 Bank of America Gift Card!

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

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:

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 00 bank of america gift card pop-up, 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 $1000 bank of america gift card pop-up 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 00 bank of america gift card pop-up, 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 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 $1000 bank of america gift card pop-up, 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.

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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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