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).
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.
|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.|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
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):
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:
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:
Text in its pop-up window:
Your $1000 Bank of America Gift Card has been reserved for next 5 minutes!!
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!
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is $1000 Bank of America Gift Card scam?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 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 00 bank of america gift card pop-up, 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 plug-ins 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 $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, 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 00 bank of america gift card pop-up, 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.
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 $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.
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.
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 $1000 bank of america gift card pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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