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Do not trust the Chance To Win The New iPad Pro or similar scams

Also Known As: Chance To Win The New iPad Pro pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam?

It is common that scammers use phishing websites to trick users into providing sensitive information. Although, it is uncommon for such pages to be visited by users intentionally.

In most cases, phishing pages get opened after clicking on shady advertisements, through other dubious pages, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Most scammers use these pages to trick unsuspecting users into providing login credentials (e.g., usernames, email addresses, passwords), bank account numbers, credit card details, social security numbers, or some other sensitive, personal information.

Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam scam

This particular phishing website displays a message claiming that a visitor has been selected to participate in a survey and has a chance to win an iPad Pro.

It has the "CLAIM MY IPAD PRO NOW" button on it, which leads to a "form" where a visitor is asked to enter his or her email address, telephone number, ZIP code, cardholder name, credit card number, expiry date and security code (CVV).

Therefore, it is clear that scammers behind this phishing website attempt to extract credit card details that may be misused to make fraudulent purchases, unauthorized transactions, sold on a dark web (to other cybecriminals), or misused in other way. It is worthwhile to mention that provided email address and telephone number could be used to send spam, malspam (emails containing malicious attachments, website links).

In one way or another, nobody ever wins any prizes through websites like this one. On the contrary, users who fall for such scams often become victims of identity theft, lose money, encounter issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, or other problems.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, phishing websites can be promoted through PUAs - apps that users download and install on browsers and computers unknowingly. Quite often, PUAs are designed to collect various data, generate advertisements.

Most of them target browsing-related data, for example, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages. It is important to know that apps of this type can be capable of accessing personal, sensitive data.

Either way, there is always a change that gathered data could be monetized by selling it to third parties, using it for marketing purposed, etc. Examples of ads that PUAs can generate are coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners. If clicked, those ads tend to open shady, potentially malicious pages.

Sometimes they execute certain scripts designed to download or even install unwanted software. These are the main reasons why browsers that open scam websites (or other untrustworthy pages) should be checked for PUAs and any installed apps of this kind should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Chance To Win The New iPad Pro pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Visitors have been chosen to win iPad Pro
Symptoms Suspicious bank account activities, problems while trying to access personal accounts
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft
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The Internet is full of scam websites offering a chance to win some prize or claiming that visitors have already won and asking to provide various information. Some examples are "Chance To Win The Brand New Playstation 5", "Google Membership Rewards", "Chrome Search Contest 2021".

It is important to mention that there are similar scams used to trick unsuspecting visitors into paying "taxes," "shipping", "handling" or other charges, or paying “processing" fees to get their prize. In one way or another, websites of this type have to be ignored.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, users cause unwanted downloads and installations unknowingly. Sometimes they cause it by clicking on deceptive ads that appear mostly on shady websites and are designed to run certain scripts. Although, more often users cause it during downloads or installations of other programs.

More precisely, when developers distribute PUAs using a "bundling" method. It is a method commonly used to trick users into installing or downloading PUAs together with other programs. In such cases, PUAs are included in downloaders, installers of other programs as additional offers.

Those offers be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or near alongside checkboxes and declined there. However, not all users change those settings. When they leave those settings unchanged, they allow for PUAs to be downloaded or installed together with desired programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications, files should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites (or App Store), and via direct links. It is common that unwanted software is distributed using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites.

Therefore, other sources for downloading files, apps should not be used. It is important to mention that third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too.

Furthermore, downloads and installations should should not be finished without checking downloaders, installers for settings like "Advanced", "Custom" and seeing if they can be used to decline unwanted offers (opt out bundled applications).

Advertisements appearing on untrustworthy websites tend to open other pages of this kind or even download, install unwanted software. Therefore, it is recommended not to click on those ads as well.

Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. 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 Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam pop-up scam (GIF):

Appearance of Chance To Win The New iPad Pro scam

Text in the deceptive message:

Congratulations!
You Have Been Selected
main
Get a chance to win the brand new iPad Pro,
included in the lovedates Trial

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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 chance to win the new ipad pro 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 chance to win the new ipad pro 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 chance to win the new ipad pro 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 chance to win the new ipad pro 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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