FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Do not trust the BTC giveaway scam

Also Known As: Bitcoin giveaway scam
Damage level: Medium

What is BTC giveaway scam?

Some internet scams invite people to send a specific Bitcoin sum to a provided wallet or via a QR code, and promise to return double the amount of cryptocurrency. People who trust these scams receive nothing in return and simply lose the cryptocurrency that they send.

This giveaway scam is no different and is promoted via YouTube and on a specific website. It is also likely to be promoted via adware.

BTC Giveaway Scam scam

The video on YouTube (and the associated video) states that the more Bitcoin people send to the provided BTC wallet or via the QR code, the more Bitcoin they will receive. Participants are invited to send between 0.1 BTC and 20 BTC. In summary, it states that participants can double the Bitcoin sums. For example, if they send 0.2 Bitcoins, they will receive 0.4 Bitcoins, and so on.

As mentioned, people who trust these scams do not receive any cryptocurrency and simply lose the amount they have sent. Therefore, these scams should be avoided.

They are promoted on YouTube, through various websites, and via adware. Generally, adware generates revenue for developers by serving advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, and pop-ups), however, it often collects data and/or promotes untrusted web pages (including giveaway scams).

Adware usually targets IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, and geolocations. In some cases, these apps of this are capable of recording personal, sensitive details such as credit card information and passwords.

Therefore, remove all adware-type apps from browsers and computers. Note that users commonly download and install adware-type apps inadvertently and, for this reason, they are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Threat Summary:
Name Bitcoin giveaway scam
Threat Type Scam, Fraud
Fake Claim Website and YouTube video claims to double the amount of BTC sent
Related Domain applebit[.]org, musk-prize[.]com
BTC Wallet Address 1AppLiefAqgBbdKDUDqGns3KYxDL4hnppT
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 cryptocurrency
Malware Removal (Windows)

To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
▼ Download Combo Cleaner
To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.

Another example of a similar scam is "Double Your Bitcoins Scam". There are likely to be more scams of this kind available online.

Note that Bitcoin giveaway and similar scams may seem genuine because scammers use celebrities who have already publicly spoken out in favor of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In this particular case, scammers used Steve Wozniak's name.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Users sometimes inadvertently download and install unwanted apps via deceptive advertisements - they click ads that cause unwanted download/installations by executing certain scripts.

Unwanted downloads and installations also occur during download/installation of other programs. I.e., when PUAs are included into the set-ups as 'extra offers'. This PUA distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling".

Typically, offers to download and install these additional apps can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes within the set-ups. When users download and install programs without making these checks and changes, they often allow PUAs to infiltrate.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to download files and programs from official websites and via direct download links. Other tools and sources such as third party downloaders and installers, unofficial pages, and Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients) should not be used to download or install software.

Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or available checkboxes) for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads on dubious websites, since they can be designed to open bogus web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations.

Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and software of this kind from 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 "BTC Giveaway Scam" pop-up scam (GIF):

btc giveaway scam appearance

Text in this website:

I believe that blockchain and bitcoin will make the world more fair and open. The current financial system is outdated. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, I decided to run 5000 BTC giveaway. To participate you just need to send from 0.1 BTC to 20 BTC to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 0.2 BTC to 40 BTC (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

Contribution Address

You can send BTC to the following address:

1AppLiefAqgBbdKDUDqGns3KYxDL4hnppT


Step-by-step Guide:
1. You can use any EXCHANGE or WALLET in this event.
2. The minimum contribution is 0.1 BTC and the maximum contribution is 20 BTC.
3. All persons are able to participate, including those in the United States.

Waiting for payment
Still waiting for transaction? Click Here
Once we receive your contribution, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.
If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded!
Sometimes transactions are not sent properly.

If you have some issues with your verification payment, please write to event support on mail:
If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded!
Left BTC
3070/5000
Transactions for Address: 1AppLiefAqgBbdKDUDqGns3KYxDL4hnppT

Screenshot of the YouTube video used to promote this scam:

btc giveaway scam promoting youtube video

Screenshots of other YouTube videos promoting the same Bitcoin scam.

Video with Elon Musk:

Elon Musk-themed video promoting BTC Giveaway scam

Video with Chamath Palihapitiya:

Chamath Palihapitiya-themed video promoting BTC Giveaway scam

Another variant of cryptocurrency giveaway-themed scam website (cryptxfoundation.com), which offers Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Ripple coins:

cryptxfoundation.com website promoting cryptocurrency giveaway scam

Yet another example of a cryptocurrency-themed scam website which offers Polkadot (DOT) cryptocurrency:

Polkadot (DOT) cryptocurrency scam

Text presented within:

To verify your DOT address, just send from 100 to 50,000 DOT to the generated address below and get from 300 to 150,000 DOT sent back to the address you sent DOT from or the one you specified below, you will get X3 of what you send to the giveaway address.

In this event, participant will get 3X(TRIPPLE) of whatever they send to the giveaway address instantly which can be traded on any exchange

How To Participate:
Step1: Make sure you have at least 100 DOT or above in your wallet.
Step2: Enter the amount you wish to invest below.
Step3: Enter the DOT address you want to receive the bonus with
Step4: Click the "Generate Payment" button to generate the payment address.
Step5: Send the amount you entered to the generated address.
Step6: Wait for at least 5 - 10 minutes after your transaction is confirmed.
The 3X bonus will be sent to the address you entered or the one you sent the DOT from.

Amount:
Bonus:
Address:
Enter your DOT address
Generate Payment
xLeft DOT987 000 / 2 000 000

Yet another example of a Bitcoin giveaway-themed scam website:

BTC Giveaway scam website (2021-01-11)

Text presented within:

GEMINI

Gemini 5,000 BTC Giveaway!

To verify your address, just send from 0.02 to 2 BTC to the address below and get from .20 to 20 BTC back!

13RrVd3nopfPv3GP8icnoywQwqM18DPeFA

Click/tap here to copy the address!

Waiting for your transaction...

Step-by-step Guide:

1. To make a transaction, use any wallet or exchange that supports Bitcoins.
2. Send small amount you want multiplied by the promotion from your wallet. For example, to get 10 BTC, send 1 BTC. You can use Electrum or your wallet of choice to send BTC.
3. Once we receive your identifying transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
4. If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded to your address! No risk!
Still waiting for transaction? Click HERE!
Every participant who is late gets their BTC immediately sent back - you won't lose anything.
Free Bitcoin Remaining:
2980 / 5000

Yet another example of a cryptocurrency scam relating to the Ethereum (ETH) cryptocurrency. In this case, however, criminals do not claim to that users will receive more cryptocurrency after simply sending it to a third party. Instead, the scam is presented as a new cryptocurrency network.

The claim is that users will receive a 20% bonus reward for transferring their currency to this platform (e.g., 1 ETH is transferred to this account, the user will receive an additional 0.2 ETH as a reward).

Ethereum Airdrop 2.0 cryptocurrency scam

Text presented within this site:

Ethereum 2.0 Airdrop

Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, is planning a major update to its network.

Ethereum 2.0 is an upgrade to the Ethereum Network which improves the speed, efficiency, and scalability of the network. This will take Ethereum to new heights as it will be able to drastically more transactions, alleviating congestion, and high gas costs on the Ethereum network.

It's a good moment to airdrop some Ethereum to the Community, for every 1 Ether that you hold you can claim 0.2 Ether. Addresses which have Ethereum transactions before December 2020 can claim additional Ether.


Proceed

My Ether is on an exchange, how can I receive the airdrop?
Exchanges will not support the Ethereum airdrop and we will not be able to airdrop the tokens to your wallet. In order to receive the Ethereum airdrop you need to:

1. Have a personal Ethereum wallet (like MyEtherWallet or Metamask)
2. Withdraw your Ether to your personal wallet.
3. Enter your address, balance and follow the steps above to claim your tokens.

What is Ethereum?
Ethereum is open access to digital money and data-friendly services for everyone – no matter your background or location. It's a community-built technology behind the cryptocurrency ether (ETH) and thousands of applications you can use today.
© 2021 Ethereum. All Rights Reserved

Yet another BTC giveaway scam claiming that the coins are given by SpaceX (Tesla):

SpaceX (Tesla)-themed BTC Giveaway scam

Text presented within:

Hello. We are happy to announce New Christmas Giveaway from SpaceX. SpaceX is giving out 10.000 BTC.

In this event, participant will get from 0.1 BTC up to 1.5 BTC which can be traded on our new crypto-exchange

How To Participate:
Step1: Fill in the form below
Step2: Enter E-mail and Name.
Step3: Enter Country, City, Zip.
Step4: Click the "Enter the giveaway" button to take part into giveaway.
Step5: Wait for at least 4-7 days for our E-mail with results.
Good Luck to everyone!

Elon Musk

Yet another example of Ethereum (ETH) giveaway-themed scam website:

Ethereum ETH giveaway scam (2021-01-25)

Text presented within:

JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
We believe that Blockchain and ETH coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 50.000 ETH giveaway.

To participate you just need to send from 5 ETH to 500 ETH to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 10 ETH to 1000 ETH (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time.

For example:

If you send 5+ ETH, you will be 10+ ETH back.
If you send 10+ ETH, you will be get 20+ ETH back.
If you send 20+ ETH, you will be get 40+ ETH back.
If you send 50+ ETH, you will be get 100+ ETH back.
If you send 100+ ETH, you will be get 200+ ETH back.
If you send 500+ ETH, you will be get 1000+ ETH back.
Contribution Special BONUS:

10 ETH + = 10% Bonus
50 ETH + = 20% Bonus
100 ETH + = 40% Bonus
500 ETH + = 50% Bonus
Payment Address
You can send ETH to the following address:

0xc418e516aF3E9b3DBb9679b3C14311d883Df30ef

Copy Address to Clipboard
Waiting for payment

50 000/14 819

Last chance
to get your ETH!

Instruction
To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!

Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.

Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.

Every address that is sent too late, gets their ETH immediately sent back.

If the transaction does not process properly, please try by sending the same amount to the ETH address again, and it should go through. Your original transaction will be refunded as you can only participate once.

Transactions for Address
0xc418e516aF3E9b3DBb9679b3C14311d883Df30ef

Yet another example of Bitcoin giveaway-themed scam website (claim-crypto[.]site):

Bitcoin giveaway scam website - claim-crypto.site

Text presented within:

2,000 BTC Giveaway
To participate just send from 0.05 to 5 BTC to the address below and get from 0.50 to 50 BTC back immediately!
Payment Address
You can send BTC to the following address.
1HaBWr9HFGaagU6v1B9KzXT9UfAg76scLA
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 BTC immediately sent back.
Left Bitcoin
1272/2000

Another example of a cryptocurrency giveaway-themed scam website - event-xrp[.]news (this time offering Ripple cryptocurrency):

Ripple cryptocurrency giveaway scam website - event-xrp.news

Text presented within:

Rules Bonus Transactions Event 2021
JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
More info

100 000 000 XRP

GIVEAWAY
We believe that Blockchain and XRP coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 100 000 000 XRP giveaway. To participate you just need to send from 5 000 XRP to 500 000 XRP to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 10 000 XRP to 1 000 000 XRP (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time.
For example:
Send 5,000+ XRP, to receive 10,000+ XRP back.
Send 10,000+ XRP, to receive 20,000+ XRP back.
Send 50,000+ XRP, to receive 100,000+ XRP back.
Send 150,000+ XRP, to receive 300,000+ XRP back.
Send 200,000 XRP, to receive 400,000 XRP back.
Send 450,000 XRP, to receive 900,000 XRP back.
Contribution Special BONUS:
50 000+ XRP = 10% Bonus
100 000+ XRP = 20% Bonus
300 000+ XRP = 40% Bonus
500 000+ XRP = 50% Bonus
Payment Address
You can send XRP to the following address:

rK3rn1JCR1MUfzn3Rafn1GERUWZSMCbEwH


Waiting for payment

100 000 000 / 34 550 000
Last chance
to get your XRP!
34.55
Instruction

To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!
Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.

Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.

Every address that is sent too late, gets their ETH immediately sent back.

Transactions for Address
rK3rn1JCR1MUfzn3Rafn1GERUWZSMCbEwH

Example of Uniswap (UNI) cryptocurrency giveaway scam website - 2021uni[.]org:

Uniswap (UNI) cryptocurrency giveaway scam (2021uni.org)

Text presented within:

JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
Uniswap believes that blockchain and UNI token will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 10,000,000 UNI giveaway.

To participate you just need to send from 50 UNI to 10,000 UNI to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 250 UNI to 50,000 UNI (x5 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time. You can use any wallet or exchange address

For example:

If you send 50 UNI, you will be get 250 UNI back.
If you send 200 UNI, you will be get 1,000 UNI back.
If you send 1,000 UNI, you will be get 5,000 UNI back.
If you send 5,000 UNI, you will be get 25,000 UNI back.
Contribution Special BONUS:

300 UNI+ = 1,500 UNI +10% BONUS
700 UNI+ = 3,500 UNI + 15% BONUS
1,500 UNI+ = 7,500 UNI + 25% BONUS
6,000 UNI+ = 30,000 UNI + 50%BONUS
10,000 UNI+ = 50,000 UNI + 100%BONUS
Payment Address
You can send UNI to the following address:

0x2Ce845Ba873d4CAACc787f3e978fFA671052c83B

Copy Address to Clipboard
Waiting for payment

5354100/10000000

Last chance to get your UNI

Instruction
To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!

Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.

Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.

Every address that is sent too late, gets their UNI immediately sent back.

Transactions for Address
0x2Ce845Ba873d4CAACc787f3e978fFA671052c83B

Example of Cardano (ADA) cryptocurrency giveaway scam website - cardano[.]deals:

Cardano ADA cryptocurrency giveaway scam - cardano.deals

Text presented within:

Rules Bonus Transactions Event 2021
JOIN THE
GIVEAWAY
More info

100 000 000
ADA

GIVEAWAY
We believe that Blockchain and ADA coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 100.000.000 ADA giveaway. To participate you just need to send from 6,000 ADA to 1,000,000 ADA to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 12,000 ADA to 2,000,000 ADA (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time.
For example:
Send 6,000+ ADA, you will be get 12,000+ ADA back.
Send 10,000+ ADA, you will be get 20,000+ ADA back.
Send 50,000+ ADA, you will be get 100,000+ ADA back.
Send 100,000+ ADA, you will be get 200,000+ ADA back.
Send 250,000+ ADA, you will be get 500,000+ ADA back.
Send 500,000+ ADA, you will be get 1,000,000+ ADA back.
Send 1,000,000 ADA, you will be get 2,000,000 ADA back.
Contribution Special BONUS:
50,000+ ADA = 10% Bonus
100,000+ ADA = 20% Bonus
250,000+ ADA = 40% Bonus
500,000+ ADA = 50% Bonus
1,000,000+ ADA = 70% Bonus
Payment Address
You can send ADA to the following address:

Ae2tdPwUPEZMLTQ53NsQPETCL5HSzFax4H2JcE33kK7yBSJf7rqCrzKhRmf

Waiting for payment

100 000 000/73 443 000
Last chance
to get your ADA!

73.443 Instruction

To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!
Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.
Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.

Every address that is sent too late, gets their ADA immediately sent back.

Transactions for Address
Ae2tdPwUPEZMLTQ53NsQPETCL5HSzFax4H2JcE33kK7yBSJf7rqCrzKhRmf

Another Tesla-themed website (musk[.]help) promoting a Bitcoin giveaway scam:

Tesla-themed Bitcoin giveaway scam (musk[.]help)

Text presented within:

JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
Elon Musk believes that blockchain and bitcoin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 5 000 BTC giveaway.

To participate you just need to send from 0.05 BTC to 20 BTC to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 0.1 BTC to 40 BTC (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

For example:

If you send 0.1 BTC, you will be get 0.2 BTC back.
If you send 0.5 BTC, you will be get 1.0 BTC back.
If you send 1 BTC, you will be get 2 BTC back.
If you send 5 BTC, you will be get 10 BTC back.
If you send 10 BTC, you will be get 20 BTC back.
If you send 20 BTC, you will be get 40 BTC back.
Contribution Special BONUS:

1 BTC + = 0.5 BTC BONUS
2 BTC + = 1 BTC BONUS
5 BTC + = 2 BTC BONUS
10 BTC + = 4 BTC BONUS
15 BTC + = 6 BTC BONUS
20 BTC + = 8 BTC BONUS
PAYMENT ADDRESS
You can send BTC to the following address:

1BdAqLhjjdwAz3mA11ix7ejLpoE5fxZGcX

Copy Address to Clipboard
Waiting for payment

2 675 / 5 000

Last chance
to get your BTC!

INSTRUCTION
To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!

Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.

Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.

Every address that is sent too late, gets their BTC immediately sent back.

TRANSACTIONS FOR ADDRESS
1BdAqLhjjdwAz3mA11ix7ejLpoE5fxZGcX

Yet another example of Tesla-themed Bitcoin giveaway scam website (eloncharity[.]org):

Tesla-themed Bitcoin giveaway scam website (eloncharity.org)

Text presented within:

TESLA
5,000 BTC Giveaway!

To verify your address, just send from 0.02 to 5 BTC to the address below and get from .20 to 50 BTC back!

1LwVVVA1L7y2PbsGXx53Q12DrxZTRHYP5S
Click/tap here to copy the address!
Step-by-step Guide:
1. To make a transaction, use any wallet or exchange that supports Bitcoin.
2. Send small amount you want multiplied by the promotion from your
wallet. For example, to get 10 BTC, send 1 BTC. You can use Electrum or
your wallet of choice to send BTC.
3. Once we receive your identifying transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
4. If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded to your address! No risk!

Still waiting for transaction? Click HERE!
Every participant who is late gets their BTC immediately sent back - you won't lose anything.
Left Bitcoin
3 050 / 5 000

Yet another Elon Musk-themed BTC giveaway scam website (muskcharity[.]org):

Elon Musk-themed Bitcoin giveaway scam website - muskcharity.org (2021-03-24)

Text presented within:

Elon Musk 5,000 BTC Giveaway!

5000 BTC Giveaway
SpaceX, Future of Crypto, Investments
ELON MUSK

Our marketing department here at Tesla HQ came up with an idea: to hold a special giveaway event for all crypto fans out there.

If you want to participate, it is simple to do. Just navigate to the BTC portal below to learn more:


Click this — official link to get free BTC

Click this — official link to get free ETH
Note: All persons are able to participate, including those in the United States. All wallets and exchanges are eligible! The competition will last until the entirety of the 5,000 BTC held in the airdrop-funds have been released. If you are late, your BTC will be instantly refunded.

Enjoy,

Elon Musk

Yet another deceptive website promoting BTC Giveaway scam (doublebtc[.]net):

BTC Giveaway scam website (doublebtc.net)

Text presented within:

Double your Bitcoins in 1 WEEK
Enter your Bitcoin address

(Min - 0.01 BTC, Max - 5 BTC)

How to double your bitcoins?

DoubleBTC is a fully automated Bitcoin doubler program operating with no human intervention. Take advantage of the power of our high-frequency trading platform. Using machine learning to study and predict the bitcoin price, our servers open and close thousands of transactions per second, locking in the price difference and transaction fees as profit.

ADD YOUR BITCOIN ADDRESS
OPEN NEW DEPOSIT
START EARNING PROFITS
AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWAL

4186.8583 BTC
1819 DEPOSITS PROCESSED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS
3178.5185 BTC
1290 PAYMENTS PROCESSED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS

Yet another website (ethereum-giveaway[.]com) promoting Ethereum/Bitcoin giveaway scam:

Website promoting ETH/BTC giveaway scam (ethereum-giveaway.com)

Text presented within:

Rules Bonus Transactions Bitcoin Giveaway
Event 2021
JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
More info

40 000 ETH • 3 000 BTC • GIVEAWAY
We believe that Blockchain and ETH coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 50.000 ETH giveaway. To participate you just need to send from 2 ETH to 500 ETH to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 4 ETH to 1000 ETH (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time.
For example:
If you send 2+ ETH, you will be 4+ ETH back.
If you send 6+ ETH, you will be get 12+ ETH back.
If you send 20+ ETH, you will be get 40+ ETH back.
If you send 50+ ETH, you will be get 100+ ETH back.
If you send 100+ ETH, you will be get 200+ ETH back.
If you send 500+ ETH, you will be get 1000+ ETH back.
Contribution Special BONUS:
10+ ETH = 10% Bonus
50+ ETH = 20% Bonus
100+ ETH = 40% Bonus
500+ ETH = 50% Bonus
Payment Address
You can send ETH to the following address:
0x068877400c19639e2dAFdF3Ff15Db5f4812Ba068
Waiting for payment
40 000/14 819
Last chance to get your ETH!
37.0475
Instruction

To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!
Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.
Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
Every address that is sent too late, gets their ETH immediately sent back.
Transactions for Address
0x068877400c19639e2dAFdF3Ff15Db5f4812Ba068

Instant automatic malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Combo Cleaner By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.

Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

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:

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 bitcoin giveaway scam, 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 bitcoin giveaway scam 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 bitcoin giveaway scam, 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 bitcoin giveaway scam, 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove bitcoin giveaway scam from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on bitcoin giveaway scam or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Participants are invited to send between 0.1 BTC and 20 BTC

Click to post a comment

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

About PCrisk

PCrisk logo

PCrisk is a cyber security portal, informing Internet users about the latest digital threats. Our content is provided by security experts and professional malware researchers. Read more about us.

Removal Instructions in other languages
Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Bitcoin giveaway scam QR code
Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Bitcoin giveaway scam on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Windows malware infections today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW
Download Combo Cleaner

Platform: Windows

Editors' Rating for Combo Cleaner:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available. Combo Cleaner is owned and operated by Rcs Lt, the parent company of PCRisk.com read more.