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Get Rid of “Reward Center” Scam

This article will help you to remove Reward Center scam pop-ups. Follow the removal instructions for this adware scam provided at the end of the article.

Reward Center is a scam which pushes a variety of advertisements and fake questionnaires and surveys. Many websites host similar content promoting fake rewards like iPhones, iPads, or Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy S9. Any software related to it will keep loading advertisements on your browsers, which classifies it as adware, too. Such websites claim that you will get such a reward if you provide all of the information asked in the questionnaire.

Threat Summary

Name Reward Center
Type Adware, PUP
Short Description Advertisements generated from this scam can display on websites and redirect you.
Symptoms You keep seeing adverts in your browsers, like pop-ups, surveys, full-page ads, etc. You can get redirected from the adverts and links loaded by the adware.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Reward Center Scam – Distribution Tactics

The Reward Center scam might distribute via a third-party installation setup. Applications connected to Reward Center adware can enter your PC, without your knowledge of that. Bundled packages and freeware setups could be distributing this adware. Installer setups like those could be set by default to install additional components. To avoid installations of such unwanted applications, you have to search for the Custom or Advanced settings. From there, you should be able to deselect any component that you deem unnecessary.

Reward Center scam might distribute itself by using websites which are hosting its ads. Websites like these often offer surveys for iPhones or other rewards and can have plenty of redirect links. Clicking on just one redirect link or advert could put the adware in your computer machine. In addition, banners, pop-ups as well as more kinds of adverts could be placed on the Internet to popularize this adware scam. These ad-types might redirect to one of the domains for this adware. All browsers which could be affected are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Reward Center Scam – Detailed Description

Reward Center is a scam message appearing inside different Web pages for related adware applications. The scam may have variations, but at is basically the same. The message will try to trick you into giving your personal information while lying to you that you will receive a new phone or a modern android device for completing a survey. Websites hosting the scam can load pop-ups and other advertising content as you use it. All such websites, along with their surveys and all kinds of applications associated with it, can generate heaps of advertisements.

You can view the main page of a website branded as “YouTube Reward Center” :

Below you can see another site called “Google Reward Center” :

The above images show that every big, reputable company might have a scam dedicated to it, hosted on suspicious websites, trying to collect user information. Interestingly enough, there are similar scams related to Amazon Gift Cards around the Internet.

Reward Center scam generates advertisements such as pop-up boxes, banners and some few others, as well. Lots of shopping deals related to iPhone could be generated by website like the one shown above. Except surveys, there might be different kinds of the scam showing shopping deals, discounts, coupons, and all kinds of content that is generated by adware in your browsers.

In the case your browser software and your computer machine have any program associated with this adware platform or related apps, you can witness a lot of sponsored content, targeted advertisements, and redirect links which show when surfing online.

The following is a related scam message displayed on the main page of a website promoting:

YouTube Reward Center

Surveys Promotions

Every Tuesday exclusive internet/Communication companies select (7) users in the US to randomly to recieve a gift. This week, it is for jump management srl connection with generic web browser Desktop! You need to key in your details for verification!

(5) users have won the New iphone x.Only (2) units left (Space Gray 64GB Only) for grabs.
You have 0 minutes 39 seconds to answer the questions before someone else takes over your spot. Good luck!!!

Are you the owner of this smartphone?
Yes
No

Besides the YouTube Reward Center above, you can witness a “Google Reward Center” with the following message:

Google Rewards Center

Congratulations Chrome! Your Chrome won (1) Google Giveaway!

Every Friday, we select 10 Chrome users randomly to receive a free gift. This FREE gift is EXCLUSIVE for Chrome users in USA! It’s our way of thanking you for your continuous support to our products and services. (Product Name: iPhone 6S).

We are giving away limited number of iPhone 6S. Answer the following four simple questions to find out if you’ve won.

Do it now! 9 other Chrome users have already received this prize and there are only 5 left!

You have 1 minute and 26 secondsTo answer these questions before somebody else takes your place!

Question 1 of 4: Who founded Google?
Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg Larry Page

All Reward Center related websites could spread links that can redirect you to other suspicious websites to generate traffic. This traffic can be turned into revenue from using a pay-per-click scheme. A huge number of the advertisements on the site might be associated with affiliates or partners of the shopping-oriented service. The adverts, plus all other sponsored content can collect information about you and your browsing activity. Advertisements tied to the Reward Center scam can be in the form of banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, surveys, plus in-text links ads. Other ad-types are not excluded from showing as well.

”Reward Center” Scam – Data Collection and Tracking

No Privacy Policy is present on any of the websites hosting the Reward Center scam or such a policy isn’t publicly accessible. This Reward Center scam could collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information about you and your browsing activities without you even knowing.

If you complete the survey, you will be asked to fill in the following personal details:

  • Your full name
  • Your physical address
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your social security number

Not being able to see what is written in the Privacy Policy of a website hosting the scam, you won’t be able to know what information could be obtained from you. However, you can expect it to be bad. Not to mention that the domain hosting the adware can redirect you to websites that can also obtain information about you.

The Reward Center scam can be hosted on multiple Web domains. These domains could store cookies on your computer device. Cookies probably collect different data about you, ranging from non-personally identifying one to personally identifying one. That information is stored on servers related to the adware. Your IP address, physical location and similar details could be revealed to the makers of the adware through various outputs.

More tracking technologies besides browser cookies might be at play, too. If you do not approve of such an intrusion of your privacy, especially when you do not know how deep it goes, then you should consider removing this adware and all related files as quick as possible.

If you do not like how your privacy is invaded and have a program related to the adware scam on your computer system, then you should remove the adware and its related files.

Remove “Reward Center” Scam Completely

To remove Reward Center manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step instructions manual provided down here. If the manual removal does not get rid of the ads and shopping website from appearing, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove Reward Center from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Reward Center

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Reward Center and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Reward Center on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Reward Center there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Reward Center with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Reward Center from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Reward Center and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Reward Center:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Reward Center. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Reward Center. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Reward Center via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Reward Center. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Reward Center from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Reward Center from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Reward Center from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Reward Center from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Reward Center will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Reward Center from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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