Avoid getting scammed by websites promoting "Spin The Wheel"

Also Known As: Spin The Wheel pop-up
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Spin The Wheel" scam removal instructions

What is the "Spin The Wheel" scam?

"Spin The Wheel" is a scam promoted on various deceptive websites. There are several variants of this scam. In general, the scheme claims users have a chance to win a prize. It must be emphasized that "Spin The Wheel" is in no way associated with Home Depot, Amazon, Apple, or any other company it mentions. Additionally, any prizes/rewards offered by this scam are fake. The purpose of such schemes is to generate revenue for its designers by abusing users' trust. Sites that promote scams are usually accessed via mistyped URLs, redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Spin The Wheel scam (GIF)

The "Spin The Wheel" scheme is presented as a loyalty program. Users are either told that they have been chosen to receive prizes from the fake program's sponsors or have a chance to receive a reward for their continued support of the sponsors' product. All variants of the scheme are presented as fortune wheels, which users are to spin - in order to win the prize/reward. At the time of research, the variants claimed users' have won a "$100 Home Depot Gift Card", "$1,000 Amazon Gift Card", or "iPhone 11" - depending on the scam's version. However, when users attempt to claim their winnings - the scheme redirects to a different untrustworthy/malicious website.

Scams like "Spin The Wheel" can abuse users' trust in a variety of ways. Typically, schemes that involve users receiving a prize - request them to make various monetary transactions. For example, the scam may ask users to pay shipping or other fees - to receive the nonexistent reward. Furthermore, such schemes often redirect to phishing sites that record information entered into them. Data of interest includes (but is not limited to): names, surnames, addresses, emails, telephone numbers, banking account and/or credit card details. The collected information can then be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) and/or used to further other scams. To summarize, by trusting the "Spin The Wheel" scam, users can experience severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

As mentioned in the introduction, PUAs can force-open misleading, deceptive, and malicious webpages (e.g., ones that run "Spin The Wheel" and other scams). These applications can have a variety of heinous functionalities and these functions can be in varied combinations. Adware-types run intrusive advertisement campaigns. Once clicked on, the delivered ads redirect to unreliable/dangerous websites and some can stealthily download/install software. Browser hijackers are another type of PUAs; they operate by modifying browsers in promotion of fake search engines. The promoted web searchers are rarely able to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines.

Furthermore, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). The gathered data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties. Therefore, it is strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Spin The Wheel pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scam claims users can win a prize/reward
Related Domains rewardstoget[.]com
Serving IP Address (rewardstoget[.]com) 91.224.58.50
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.
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"$500 Amazon Gift Card!", "$1000 Bank of America Gift Card", "2020 Visitor Feedback Survey", and "You've made the 9.68-billionth search" are some examples of schemes similar to "Spin The Wheel". The Internet is rife with deceptive websites designed to generate profit at user expense. Popular scam models include: fake prize giveaways and raffles, unbelievable deals and offers, alerts that an essential piece of software is outdated or missing, warnings that the device is infected or at risk, etc. Due to the relative prevalence of online scams, it is highly recommended to exercise caution when browsing.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Select PUAs have "official" promotional sites, from which they can be downloaded. These applications are also distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing tactic of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., skipped steps and sections) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install software without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Since untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and harmless; however, they redirect to highly unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the first "Spin The Wheel" scam variant:

Initial page:

 

LOYALTY PROGRAM
Monday, January 25, 2021
Congratulations!

 

Today you are lucky!

 

Every Monday we select 7 lucky users to receive prizes from our sponsors. Spin the wheel to see which prize you can claim!

 

----------------------------

 

Second page:

 

Congratulations!
You can claim your $100 Home Depot Gift Card!
1. Click "Claim Now" bellow. You will be redirected to our sponsor's website
2. On the sponsor's website, enter your name and surname, as well as the shipping address to claim your prize
IMPORTANT: This prize is only available while supplies last!
Offer valid for 4 minutes and 49 seconds

 

$100 Home Depot Gift Card

 

Accepted in all US Home Depot stores and online

 

Available: 1

 

Claim Now

Appearance of the second "Spin The Wheel" scam variant (GIF):

Spin The Wheel scam second variant (GIF)

Text presented in this variant:

Initial page:

 

LOYALTY PROGRAM
Monday, January 25, 2021
Congratulations!

 

Today you are lucky!

 

Every Monday we select 7 lucky users to receive prizes from our sponsors. Spin the wheel to see which prize you can claim!

 

----------------------------

 

Second page:

 

Congratulations!

You can claim your $1,000 Amazon Gift Card!
Click "Claim Now" bellow. You will be redirected to our sponsor's website
On the sponsor's website, enter your name and surname, as well as the shipping address to claim your prize
IMPORTANT: This prize is only available while supplies last!
Offer valid for 4 minutes and 52 seconds

 

$1,000 Amazon Gift Card

 

Spend $1,000 on goods and services on Amazon.com

 

Available: 1

 

Claim Now

Appearance of the third "Spin The Wheel" scam variant (GIF):

Spin The Wheel scam third variant (GIF)

Text presented in this variant:

First pop-up:

 

Congratulations Apple user!
We would like to thank you for your continuing support for our products - so we are offering you a chance to receive an exclusive reward

 

Click "OK" to claim your special prize

 

Good Luck!

 

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Background page:

 

Apple Rewards
Congratulations!

 

Every Monday we select 7 lucky Apple users to receive a special reward. Spin the wheel to claim your special prize.

 

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Second pop-up:

 

Congratulations!
(1) Apple iPhone 11 is reserved for you!

 

To claim your prize, click the button bellow and verify your information on the next page.

 

Claim Your Prize
Your prize will expire in 5:09

Another example of "Spin The Wheel" pop-up scam (instead of asking to provide personal information this variant redirects users to another phishing site which delivers Browser Opinion Survey pop-up scam):

Spin The Wheel pop-up scam (2021-01-28)

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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 spin the wheel 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 plugins 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 spin the wheel 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 spin the wheel 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 spin the wheel 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.

Removal assistance:
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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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