This blog post aims to explain how you can detect if the $1000 Visa Gift Card pop-ups are a scam or legitimate and how to remove the $1000 Visa Gift Card scam pop-ups that is showing such fraudulent advertisements.
$1000 Visa Gift Card scam has multiple different instances and has been around for quite some time now. With new versions of this scam constantly appearing, victims are likely to increase. This is because each scam tends to mimic services that offer Gift Card that are legitimate, like in the case of the Visa Gift Card. And the scam of it may be seen in a lot off places across the web, even pop-up advertisements that may lead to it. If you have seen the $1000 Visa Gift Card scam, it is very likely that such pop-ups may have arrived onto your computer as a result of either a scam page being brought to it or having an adware that is causing such pages to appear. Read this article completely to understand more about the $1000 Visa Gift Card scam and how you can remove it from your machine.
|Name||$1000 Visa Gift Card Scam|
|Short Description||Shows advertisements belonging to different online scams, such as the Gift Card Scam family to which this particular scam belongs to.|
|Symptoms||You see pop-ups showing you have won a $1000 Visa Gift Card and must enter your personal and financial information on a fake site to claim it.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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$1000 Visa Gift Card Scam – How Did I Get It
The $1000 Visa Gift Card pop-ups may begin appearing on your computer as a result of you having an adware or other potentially unwanted program that could be installed without you noticing. One way this can occur is via what is known as software bundling. Bundling is done when you download and install a freeware app, the installer of this free program may have a third-party app, like the adware causing the Visa Gift Card pop-ups embedded within it. And it is very difficult to find this adware app, since it is often either mentioned in the EULA agreement or seen as a legitimate “offer” included to the installation. But even then, the app can be seen in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes and it is opted in as a default. This is why, it is strongly recommended to be extremely careful while installing new programs.
$1000 Visa Gift Card Scam – Analysis
The $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam can appear on your computer as a result of the following types of advertisements showing up:
- Pop-up adverts.
- Browser redirection ads.
- Taken over banner spaces.
The banners and pop-ups display images, like the following we have recently discovered:
The scam includes messages that appear like the following:
The messages all request users to either click on a button somewhere on the banner or answer a questions. As you can see from the images above, there are quite a few versions of the scam going around the web. All of the versions aim to lead victims to web pages whose main goal is to extract information from the victim by giving a survey to be filled out, hoping victims will provide their personal information, since they are promised a gift card afterwards. The following personal data may be requested from the victims:
- Full name.
- Personal ID number.
- Credit card number or IBAN.
- Zip Code.
We strongly recommend that you do not enter any form of personal information as you may become a victim of cyber-theft and even information theft. Cyber-criminals often sell personal data on the underground markets and they may sell it to absolutely anyone, so be really careful and never enter your data for a gift card.
In addition to this, since this scam belongs to a chain of gift card scams, you should beware of the following scams as well:
Furthermore, to avoid this scam, we suggest that you learn to spot the fake from a scam by firstly understanding that gift cards have a unique claim code which is entered only on the official profile of the service, in this case Visa. So never trust any websites for Gift Cards outside the original sites which they claim to be provided from.
Furthermore, we also recommend you to follow the tips underneath to further avoid these scams:
- Avoid any payment requests other than the official visa Visa authorized ones.
- Do not use Visa payment cards outside of sites that official support them.
- Always check if the website where you enter your data is real or a copycat (phishing site).
- Make sure to request some form of invoice or a guarantee that you paid when you use a gift card.
Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Your Machine
If you see all sorts of ads, displaying the $1000 Gift Card scam and other suspicious and dodgy pop-ups on your computer, we strongly recommend that you sould remove this scam either manually or automatically, preferably by following the removal instructions which we have created for that purpose underneath.
If the manual removal (first two steps) seems to not give any results and you still see ads pointing out to $1000 Gift Card scams, then the adware is most likely still in your computer system. In this case, where you struggle to find the root cause, experts recommend to use an advanced anti-malware software. It has been designed to assist you in removing the $1000 Visa Gift Card scam completely by automatically detecting all files and objects related to it and deleting them. In addition, such anti-malware software is also capable of protecting your computer against intrusive programs and malware that might appear in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam
Step 2: Uninstall $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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.
Erase $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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.
Uninstall $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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.
Remove $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam will be removed.
Eliminate $1000 Visa Gift Card Scam 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.