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Do not participate in the Cardano fake giveaway

Also Known As: Fake Cardano cryptocurrency giveaway
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Removal instructions for apps promoting the Cardano giveaway scam

What is Cardano giveaway scam?

Cardano is the name of a legitimate blockchain platform, and the cryptocurrency which operated in its network is called ADA. There are many cryptocurrency giveaway scams on the Internet offering to receive a certain amount of cryptocurrency in exchange for contribution in the "giveaway". Simply said, scammers behind such scams attempt to steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting people. It is common that scam websites (fake giveaways) like this one are promoted through deceptive advertisements, other shady pages, videos on YouTube, or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that users unknowingly install on their browsers or computers.

Cardano giveaway scam scam

Usually, cryptocurrency giveaway scams declare that contributors' funds will be doubled if they send an initial amount to the provided crypto wallet address. Whoever participates in these fake giveaways receives nothing in return. This particular scam offers to double ADA (Cardano's internal cryptocurrency). This fake giveaway claims to run a 100,000.000 ADA giveaway where users can send from 5,000 ADA to 50,000 ADA to the contribution address and promises to return twice as much ADA sent immediately. It also offers bonuses, for example, 10% for 50,000+ ADA, 20% for 100,000+ ADA, 40% for 250,000+ ADA, and 50% for 500,000+ ADA and claims that users can participate in this giveaway only once. Simply said, scammers attempt to trick unsuspecting users to send more of the Cardano's cryptocurrency than they probably would if they could participate in a giveaway more than once. This scam page also has a fake counter supposedly indicating how much people have already participated in a giveaway to lure users into sending ADA cryptocurrency without taking too long to think about it.

In conclusion, scams (fake cryptocurrency or other giveaways) like this one have to be ignored. Users who send cryptocurrency to the addresses provided in these scams never receive anything in return. They simply lose the cryptocurrency they have transferred. As mentioned in the introduction, it is common for such scams to be promoted via PUAs. Apps of this type can be designed to collect certain information and serve advertisements as well. It is common that PUAs gather details like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. In some cases, they are capable of accessing sensitive information. The biggest problem is that developers of PUAs are likely to sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or monetize it in other ways. Also, PUAs can be designed to generate coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, or other advertisements that could be used to promote shady pages or distribute other PUAs. There are ads that can cause unwanted downloads or even installations.

Threat Summary:
Name Fake Cardano cryptocurrency giveaway
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Participants can double their ADA cryptocurrency
Scammer Crypto Wallet Address
addr1qy0hf7rkkgpu94raw07lulkpvs70gcq0m86yrcfty65 ruvh7ktwhp7rsmrf30w678mknrc767aj7fratdsfjk0yz8myqz3u7zd
Related Domain ada-cardano[.]us
Detection Names CyRadar (Malicious), Emsisoft (Phishing), Kaspersky (Phishing), Netcraft (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 186.2.161.160
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 Monetary loss
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More examples of fake giveaways are "Doge Giveaway", "BTC giveaway", and "Double Your Bitcoins". It is noteworthy that names of people like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, etc., are often used to promote these scams. If a browser opens scam pages of other untrustworthy pages by itself regularly, then it is likely that it has some PUA installed on it. Typically, users download and install apps of this type unknowingly.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, developers distribute potentially unwanted applications by including them in downloaders or installers of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling". In most cases, users can decline offers to download or install PUAs via Custom", "Advanced", or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes before completing downloads, installations. However, if users download or install programs without checking and changing the aforementioned settings, they often agree to download or install bundled applications as well. Sometimes users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. It is noteworthy that ads of this type appear mostly on shady, unreliable websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders, installers that have settings like "Advanced" "Custom", "Manual", or include checkboxes should be examined: they should be checked for offers to download or install bundled unwanted applications. Files and programs should be downloaded from official web pages, and via direct links. Other channels for downloading them like unofficial pages, through third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) and so on, are not trustworthy. Advertisements that appear while visiting some questionable pages should not be clicked as well. It is common that users who click on those ads open other sites of this kind or allow those ads to execute scripts that cause download, or even installation of unwanted software. Unwanted, unknown, suspicious applications (e.g., extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) installed on a browser should be removed. Any software of this kind installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

The appearance of Cardano giveaway scam website (GIF):

Appearance of Cardano giveaway scam

Text in this website:

Event 2021
JOIN THE GIVEAWAY
More info

100 000 000
ADA • GIVEAWAY
We believe that Blockchain and ADA coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 100.000.000 ADA giveaway. To participate you just need to send from 5,000 ADA to 500,000 ADA to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 10,000 ADA to 1,000,000 ADA (x2 back) to the address you sent it from.

NOTE: You can do it only one time.
For example:
Send 5,000 ADA, you will be get 10,000 ADA back.
Send 10,000 ADA, you will be get 20,000 ADA back.
Send 50,000 ADA, you will be get 100,000 ADA back.
Send 100,000 ADA, you will be get 200,000 ADA back.
Send 250,000 ADA, you will be get 500,000 ADA back.
Send 500,000 ADA, you will be get 1,000,000 ADA back.
Contribution Special BONUS:
50,000+ ADA = 10% Bonus
100,000+ ADA = 20% Bonus
250,000+ ADA = 40% Bonus
500,000+ ADA = 50% Bonus


Payment Address
You can send ADA to the following address:

addr1qy0hf7rkkgpu94raw07lulkpvs70gcq0m86yrcfty65 ruvh7ktwhp7rsmrf30w678mknrc767aj7fratdsfjk0yz8myqz3u7zd

Waiting for payment

100 000 000/43 443 000
Last chance to get your ADA!
43.443


Instruction
To make a transaction, you can use any wallet or exchange to participate!
Once we receive your transaction, the outgoing transaction is processed to your address.
Once we receive your transaction, we will immediately send the requested amount back to you.
Every address that is sent too late, gets their ADA immediately sent back.
Transactions for Address
addr1qy0hf7rkkgpu94raw07lulkpvs70gcq0m86yrcfty65 ruvh7ktwhp7rsmrf30w678mknrc767aj7fratdsfjk0yz8myqz3u7zd

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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 fake cardano cryptocurrency giveaway, 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 fake cardano cryptocurrency giveaway 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 fake cardano cryptocurrency giveaway, 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 fake cardano cryptocurrency giveaway, 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.

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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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