Multiple reports have been issued regarding newly emerged online scams that are currently infecting users. These scams are relying on the names of well-known companies like Amazon and DHL to trick users into interacting with them.
The scams are usually distributed via spam email messages and may lead to various outcomes, malware infections included. However, the good news is there are ways to recognize the scams and prevent them from harming your computer and personal information. See how below.
This article will introduce you to the currently active online hoaxes that are plaguing users worldwide, and will also link you to specific instructions for each of the scams.
The FedEx Parcel Scam
The FedEx Parcel Scam is an active infection that is currently being distributed in a mass email campaign. The hackers behind it have hijacked the template used by the FedEx company, including the relevant graphics and text in order to spoof them as much as possible. The senders’ email addresses may also resemble real email addresses used by FedEx as they may use familiar-sounding domain names.
Another tactic would be the use of browser hijackers that represent malware plugins made for the most popular applications. They are usually compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge. They can be uploaded to the software repositories of the relevant browsers by posing as feature additions or enhancements.
Once they are installed, dangerous changes are made to the browsers, including redirects to hacker-controlled pages. Scammers can also spread the malware via infected software installers. These installers are frequently made by taking the legitimate setup files from the official vendors. Then they are modified to include the malware code as soon as the installers are launched.
The “Firefox requires a manual update” Scam
A new web page, claiming to be an update for the latest version of Mozilla Firefox has been reported to harass users, asking them to share their username and password to authenticate. Malware researchers believe that this suspicious web page is introduced to victims’ computers as a result of having a potentially unwanted program. Such programs are known to alter browsers and affect their performance.
Another distribution method is via the installation of an unwanted program in the form of freeware. Potentially unwanted programs are mostly spread via software bundling. Software bundling is a method by which the adware application comes standard with a free program you may be trying to download, like a driver for your PC, a torrent downloader program or the setup of any other free software.
The Dropbox Phishing Scam
Spam distributed via email often abuses the names of popular companies to increase the chance of tricking users. Dropbox is yet another name that has been deployed in such spam campaigns.
Dropbox’s name has been used in phishing e-mails to get victims to click on suspicious e-mails in order to become infected with Dropbox malware. These e-mails may not all be fake, and most of those may also lead you to the actual Dropbox website where most victims usually download infection files of different malware. There are ways, however, to identify original from fake Dropbox e-mails, and to learn how to block the fake ones directly in your e-mail.
The DHL Phishing Scam
DHL Phishing scams are quite widespread across the world. From specially crafted websites that push such scams, to specific messages sent to targeted email addresses, the DHL brand has been used in phishing scams for nefarious reasons. Such reasons include the stealing of DHL credentials, personal information or pushing malware with a hidden agenda in most cases.
More and more users fall victim to these scams as they are recurring and keep reappearing every few months. That is due to the fact that every new variant of a scam tends to mimic DHL closer than before, making it more believable with each new attempt. Ultimately, you will be asked to login or visit a URL address and do some action or pay for a shipment via another service. You should avoid any links other than the official DHL ones.
The $1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam
The so-called $1000 Amazon Gift Card scam has many variants and has been circling around the web for quite some time. With every new version of the scam that pops up, more and more users fall victim to it. The scammers behind it are getting better at mimicking the Gift Card provided by Amazon.com, Inc.
One of the latest forms of this scams comes in the shape of an adware that keeps showing pop-ups with the message $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you. Many different domains host a web page with that version of the scam. Older versions are still found across the Internet and there are also videos promoting the $1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam on YouTube. Adverts will be pushed on your browsers, and thus the scam is also recognized as adware.
How to Prevent Online Scams from Infecting Your Computer
In many cases, it is enough to ignore the scam message, never respond to it and delete it instantly. However, other more sophisticated scams require a bit of action, since they may affect your system or personal information in many ways.If you have encountered any of the scams described in this article, it’s highly advisable to thoroughly scan your computer with a professional program to determine whether you have malware components pushing spoofed messages to your computer, browser or email address.
Online users should scan their systems regularly for active infections using a an anti-malware program. Such a program would prevent malicious actions and stop malware from distributing to more computers.
SpyHunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall 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 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 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall 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 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 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as , the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove 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 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 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 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 will be removed.
Eliminate 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".