"Uniswap Giveaway" scam removal instructions
What is "Uniswap Giveaway"?
"Uniswap Giveaway" is a scam promoted on various deceptive sites. Uniswap is a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange for automated transactions between cryptocurrency tokens. The scheme in question is presented as a promotion of the second AirDrop round of Uniswap, by participating in which - users can receive 100 UNI tokens. It must be emphasized that this giveaway scam is in no way associated with the genuine Uniswap. The scheme's goal is to push users into downloading/installing a fake Uniswap application - that is the RedLine Stealer malware. Deceptive/Scam websites are typically accessed unintentionally. Most users enter such pages via mistyped URLs, or redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
The "Uniswap Giveaway" scam urges users to download/install its application to participate in the second AirDrop round. Since, in general, legitimate product/project promotions have occurred, it is common for scammers to use the model for nefarious purposes. In case of the "Uniswap Giveaway" scheme, users are promised 100 UNI tokens for their participation. At the current exchange rate, this amount of UNI tokens is valued at nearly three thousand US dollars (note, rates constantly fluctuate; hence, the conversion is likely to be inaccurate in the future). However, instead of receiving the tokens, victims download/install the RedLine Stealer.
RedLine Stealer is a piece of malicious software designed to extract sensitive and private information from infected systems. This malware can obtain data from certain browsers, FTP (File Transfer Protocol), and IM (Instant Messaging) applications. Information of interest includes (but is not limited to): account log-in credentials (i.e., IDs, usernames, and passwords), Internet cookies, autofill data, banking account and credit card details, etc. RedLine also collects system data, and it can exfiltrate content (e.g., files) stored on the compromised device. Furthermore, this malicious program can cause chain infections. In other words, it can download/install additional malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, cryptominers, etc.). Hence, the potential threats posed by this malware far exceed those presented by its information-stealing capabilities. To summarize, by trusting the "Uniswap Giveaway" scam, users can experience multiple system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. Removal instructions for RedLine Stealer malware can be found in the corresponding article.
As mentioned in the introduction, potentially unwanted applications are prime suspects behind rogue redirects to misleading, deceptive, and malicious sites (e.g., ones running the "Uniswap Giveaway" scam). However, these apps can have other/additional heinous functionalities. Adware-types run intrusive advertisement campaigns. Another type called browser hijacker operates by modifying browsers to promote fake search engines. Furthermore, regardless of type, most PUAs can track data. They monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect sensitive data inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable information). What is more, the gathered data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To ensure device integrity and user privacy, it is crucial to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||RedLine Stealer malware|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Scam claims users will get 100 UNI tokens for participating in it.|
|Detection Names (payload)||ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/TrojanDownloader.Agent.H), Ikarus (Trojan-Downloader.MSIL.Agent), Malwarebytes (Trojan.PCrypt.MSIL.Generic), Sangfor Engine Zero (Trojan.Win32.Save.a), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (uni-project[.]org)||22.214.171.124|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|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 Malwarebytes.
"Doge Giveaway", "Double Your Bitcoins", "Gift card giveaway", "BTC giveaway", and "Binance giveaway" are some examples of other scams using the giveaway model. There are thousands of deceptive websites on the Web. They use a broad range of different techniques to gain and subsequently abuse users' trust. Popular scam types are: ludicrous offers and deals, fake prize raffles, warnings that the device is infected or at risk, alerts that an essential software product is outdated or missing, and so forth. Regardless of what the schemes claim, offer, promise, request, or demand, the end-goal is the same - to generate revenue at user expense. Due to how widespread online scams are, it is strongly advised to exercise caution when browsing.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements are also used to proliferate PUAs. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these applications. PUAs may also have "official" promotional/download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to always research software products before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and other additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.). 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 - removed from it without delay. 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 "Uniswap Giveaway" scam:
Products Developers Governance Community About Launch App
By participating in the 2nd round of AirDrop you will receive 100 UNI tokens.
Use the app
Read the docs
GET 100 UNI
Screenshot of the fake Uniswap application, which is used to disguise the RedLine Stealer malware:
Yet another deceptive website (uniswapnewgiveaway[.]com) promoting Uniswap giveaway scam:
Text presented within this site:
10,000,000 UNI Airdrop
To verify your address, just send from 40 to 4,000 UNI to the address below and get from 400 to 40,000 UNI back!
Click/tap here to copy the address!
Waiting for your transaction...
1. To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange that supports UNI.
2. Send a small amount you want multiplied by the promotion from your wallet. For example, to get 2000 UNI, send 200 UNI. You can use any wallet or exchange of choice to send UNI.
3. Once we receive your identifying transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
Still waiting for transaction? Click HERE!
Every participant who is late gets their UNI immediately sent back - you won't lose anything.
6 327 630 / 10 000 000
Transactions for address: 0x79B92cF9E611AAF768881a8762E5F777544F5Ff3
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "Uniswap Giveaway"?
- 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 redline stealer malware, 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 redline stealer malware 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 redline stealer malware, 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 redline stealer malware, 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 redline stealer malware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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