FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Avoid infecting your system with malware through "Uniswap Giveaway"

Also Known As: RedLine Stealer malware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"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).

Uniswap Giveaway scam

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.

Threat Summary:
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.
Payload RedLine Stealer
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)
Related Domains uni-project[.]org
Serving IP Address (uni-project[.]org) 209.99.16.65
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.
▼ Download Malwarebytes
To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.

"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
FAQ


GET 100 UNI
Download Uniswap

Screenshot of the fake Uniswap application, which is used to disguise the RedLine Stealer malware:

Fake Uniswap app promoted by the Uniswap Giveaway scam

Yet another deceptive website (uniswapnewgiveaway[.]com) promoting Uniswap giveaway scam:

Uniswap Giveaway scam (uniswapnewgiveaway.com)

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!
0x79B92cF9E611AAF768881a8762E5F777544F5Ff3
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.
UNI remaining:
6 327 630 / 10 000 000
Transactions
Transactions for address: 0x79B92cF9E611AAF768881a8762E5F777544F5Ff3

Instant automatic malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Malwarebytes 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 Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.

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 redline stealer malware, 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 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, 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 redline stealer malware, 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 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.

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 redline stealer malware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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

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.

Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

QR Code
RedLine Stealer malware QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of RedLine Stealer malware on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Windows malware infections today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW
Download Malwarebytes

Platform: Windows

Editors' Rating for Malwarebytes:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.