Removal instructions for apps that promote TikTok Verified Badge Generator scam
What is TikTok Verified Badge Generator scam?
TikTok is a popular video-sharing social networking service with over 800 million monthly users. When a user has a verified badge on TikTok, it means that TikTok has confirmed the account belongs to the user it represents. Although, not all users can receive a verified badge - it depends on the popularity of the account, the quality of videos on it and some other things. This scam website supposedly offers to get a verified badge without having to meet any criteria, however, it is designed to promote other untrustworthy websites. it is possible that there are more websites like this one. Either way, it is strongly recommended not to trust neither this or any other similar page.
This website is designed to display a notification saying that anti-spam system has been enabled and encourage visitors to click the "Verify Now" button to prove that they are not robots. If clicked, the aforementioned button redirects visitors to a website offering a free Apple iPhone XS in return for completing a survey. However, this page is just another online survey designed by scammers with a purpose to trick unsuspecting visitors into providing some information. It is common that they attempt to deceive visitors into entering financial information (like credit card details) and/or other sensitive personal information. Therefore, this page cannot be trusted, as well as all the pages that offer to get a verified badge on TikTok without having to meet any criteria. It is worthwhile to mention that very often users do not visit such pages by themselves, they get opened by browsers that have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them, via clicked deceptive ads or other untrustworthy pages.
|Name||Fake TikTok verified badge generator|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Page offers to receive a verified badge on TikTok without meeting any criteria|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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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More examples of websites that are similar to this scam page are "PUBG Hack Scam", "Memorama Hack Scam" and "BTC Giveaway Scam". It is worthwhile to mention that these pages can be designed not only to trick visitors into providing sensitive information but also into downloading browser hijackers, adware-type apps and/or other potentially unwanted, or even malicious applications. If a browser opens such pages by itself, then it is very likely that it already has some PUA installed on it.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Most of the times users download and/or install potentially unwanted apps together with wanted ones. To be more precise, when PUAs are included in download and/or installation setups other programs as additional offers. However, PUAs get downloaded and/or installed only when users finish download and/or installation processes without checking and changing "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings of setups. It is common that the aforementioned settings (or certain checkboxes) can be used to decline offers to download and/or install unwanted app. This distribution method of unwanted apps is known as "bundling". Additionally, sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations are caused when users click deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, various unofficial pages and other download sources of this type should not be used. Third party installers should not be used too. Also, it is recommended to always check download and/or installation setups for offers to download and/or install PUAs and decline them. One more way to avoid unwanted downloads or even installations is not to click ads that appear on dubious websites. When clicked, those ads could open untrustworthy websites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of TikTok Verified Badge Generator scam webiste (GIF):
Appearance of yet another TikTok-themed phishing website (tiktokhelp-support[.]com):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is TikTok Verified Badge Generator 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 fake tiktok verified badge generator, 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 fake tiktok verified badge generator 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 fake tiktok verified badge generator, 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 fake tiktok verified badge generator, 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 fake tiktok verified badge generator from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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