Removal guide for apps that promote BTC giveaway scam
What is BTC giveaway scam?
There are scams on the Internet where people are offered to send certain amount of Bitcoin to the provided wallet or via QR code and promised to get back twice as much cryptocurrency they sent. Although, people who trust such scams receive nothing in return and simply lose the amount of cryptocurrency they sent. This giveaway scam is no different. It is promoted via YouTube and on a certain website. It is very likely that it is promoted via adware too.
The video on YoutuBe (and the video associated with it) advertises that the more Bitcoin people will send to the provided BTC wallet or via QR code, the more Bitcoin they will get back. Simply said, it says that participants can double their Bitcoins, for example, if they will send 0.2 of Bitcoin, then they will receive 0.4 of Bitcoin, and so on. Participants are offered to double from 0.1 BTC to 20 BTC. As mentioned in the introduction, people who trust such scams do not receive any cryptocurrency back, they simply lose the amount they have sent. Therefore, such scams must be ignored. Such scams can be promoted not only on YouTube and various websites but also via adware. As a rule, adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developers by serving advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups). However, quite often it is designed to collect various data and/or promote untrustworthy pages (including giveaway scams) as well. In most cases adware that functions as data collector targets IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocation. However, in some cases apps of this are capable of recording personal (sensitive) details like credit card details, passwords as well. Therefore, if there is some adware-type app installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be removed. It is worthwhile to mention that users download and install adware-type apps unknowingly, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
|Name||Bitcoin giveaway scam|
|Threat Type||Scam, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Website and YouTube video claims to double the amount of sent BTC|
|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)||
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Another example of a similar scam is "Double Your Bitcoins Scam". Although, there could be way more scams of this kind out there. It is worthwhile to mention that Bitcoin giveaway (and similar) scams may look realistic for some people because scammers use celebrities who had already publicly spoken out in favor of Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In this particular case scammers used Steve Wozniak's name.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
It is common that various potentially unwanted applications (including adware-type apps) are integrated in downloaders and/or installers for other programs as extra offers. As a rule, offers to download and/or install those apps can be found and declined in "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of download and/or installation setups. When users complete downloads and/or installations without checking and changing the aforementioned settings, they allow for included apps to be downloaded and/or installed as well. Sometimes PUAs are distributed through deceptive advertisements that, if clicked, are designed to download and/or install PUAs by running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Programs and files should never be downloaded from unofficial sites, via third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), and other sources, tools of this kind. They should not be installed via third party installers as well. The only really safe way to do that is to use official pages and direct download links. Download and/or installation setups that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be always checked for offers to download and/or install PUAs. Those offers can and should be declined before completing downloads and/or installations. Since ads that appear on shady, unofficial websites can be designed to open other websites or cause downloads, installations of some unwanted, potentially malicious apps - they should not be clicked too. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a web browser, then they should be removed from it as soon as possible. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system/computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of "BTC Giveaway Scam" pop-up scam (GIF):
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.
You can send BTC to the following address:
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.
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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!
Transactions for Address: 1AppLiefAqgBbdKDUDqGns3KYxDL4hnppT
Screenshot of the YouTube video used to promote this scam:
Screenshots of other YouTube videos promoting the same Bitcoin scam:
Video with Elon Musk:
Video with Chamath Palihapitiya:
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- What is BTC giveaway 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 bitcoin giveaway scam, 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 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, 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 bitcoin giveaway scam, 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 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.
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 bitcoin giveaway scam from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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