What is "PROT Giveaway"?
"PROT Giveaway" is a scam promising to quintuple the amount of Prostarter (PROT) cryptocurrency users contribute to it. Instead, the contributed amount will simply be lost, and victims will receive nothing in return.
"PROT Giveaway" overview
The fake "PROT Giveaway" claims that users will receive fivefold the PROT cryptocurrency they contribute to it. The smallest contributable amount is 15 PROT and the largest - to 10000 PROT. As mentioned in the introduction, all of the cryptocurrency transferred to the digital wallet address provided by the scam - will be lost.
Trusting this scam might expose victims' crytowallets as well. Some schemes like "PROT Giveaway" also aim to trick users into disclosing their wallet credentials - in order to gain full access to the cryptocurrency stored in them.
|Name||PROT giveaway scam website|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Scam claims that users who contribute PROT cryptocurrency to it - will receive fivefold the amount.|
|Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address||0xb605002E05F8A80a0Fcc91BA122fFb02695b2EBf (PROT)|
|Detection Names (armzlegends-bonus[.]online)||Netcraft (Malicious), Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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)||
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Online scams in general
There are thousands of various scams online, ranging from fake error messages to hoax giveaways. Due to the popularity of cryptocurrency, scams relating to it have become quite prevalent; "PancakeSwap AirDrop", "Trust Wallet scam", "Ripple Giveaway", "Polkadot giveaway", and "SpaceX BTC and ETH giveaway" are just some examples.
Misleading, deceptive, and malicious content is widespread online - hence, it is highly recommended to exercise caution when browsing.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Deceptive sites are typically accessed via mistyped URLs or redirects caused by rogue webpages, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These apps appear legitimate, yet they seldom work as promised. Instead, they have harmful abilities like force-opening websites, running intrusive ad campaigns, hijacking browsers, and collecting private data.
PUAs tend to infiltrate systems without explicit user permission. This software is spread using the "bundling" method - packing regular programs with various additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs also have "official" download sites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive adverts appear innocuous, yet they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspicious 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in the "PROT Giveaway" scam:
Join the giveaway
ArmzLegends believes that blockchain and PROT coin will make the world more fair. To speed up the process of cryptocurrency mass adoption, We decided to run 2,400,000 PROT giveaway.
To participate you just need to send from 15 PROT to 10,000 PROT to the contribution address and we will immediately send you back 75 PROT to 50,000 PROT (x5 back) to the address you sent it from
NOTE: You can do it only one time.
If you send 300 PROT , you will be get 1500 PROT back
If you send 1000 PROT , you will be get 5000 PROT back
If you send 2000 PROT , you will be get 10,000 PROT back
If you send 4000 PROT , you will be get 20,000 PROT back.
If you send 5000 PROT , you will be get 25,000 PROT back
If you send 7500 PROT , you will be get 37,500 PROT back
If you send 10,000 PROT , you will be get 50,000 PROT back
Contribution Special BONUS:
300 PROT + = 5% BONUS
1000 PROT + = 10% BONUS
2000 PROT + = 15% BONUS
4000 PROT + = 20% BONUS
5000 PROT + = 30% BONUS
7500 PROT + = 40% BONUS
10,000 PROT + = 50% BONUS
You can send PROT to the following address:
Copy Address to Clipboard
Waiting for payment
Last chance to get your PROT
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 PROT immediately sent back.
Transactions for Address
The appearance of "PROT Giveaway" pop-up scam (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "PROT 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.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 prot giveaway scam website, 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 prot giveaway scam website 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 prot giveaway scam website, 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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is an online scam?
Online scams are deceptive messages promoted on rogue websites. These schemes are designed to trick users into performing certain actions, e.g., transferring cryptocurrency or money, disclosing private data, downloading/installing untrustworthy or malicious software, and so forth.
What is the purpose of online scams?
Scams aim to generate profit for the cyber criminals behind them. This can be achieved by luring victims into making bogus monetary transactions, selling disclosed information, promoting untrustworthy/harmful apps, proliferating malware, and so on.
I have sent cryptocurrency to the address presented in the "PROT Giveaway" scam, can I get my money back?
Cryptocurrency transactions are usually irreversible since they are virtually untraceable.
Why do I encounter online scams?
Online scams are promoted through deceptive browser notifications/ intrusive ads, redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, or they can be force-opened by untrustworthy software installed onto the system.
Will Combo Cleaner protect me from online scams?
Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning visited websites detecting deceptive and malicious ones (including scam-promoting sites as well). Additionally, Combo Cleaner can block further access to such websites.