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Remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you (Removal Guide) - Survey Scam

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$1000 Amazon Gift Card is a hoax that is used to collect personal data

$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you virus

$1000 Amazon Gift Card is a fake alert[1] that emerges on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other web browsers when the system is infected with adware-type program. People are informed about a possibility to win Amazon gift card worthy $1000 or even more. Unfortunately, the message is just a catch used to trick unsuspecting PC users. In reality, the $1000 Amazon Gift Card scam seeks to harvest people's personal information, such as telephone number, email address, full name, address, etc. According to the most reputable AV vendors, this message is yet another Survey Scam identical to “Congratulations Amazon User” scam, Amazon Gift card scam or “Amazon Rewards Event.”

Name “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you”
Classification  Adware
Sub-category Survey scam
Danger level Low. If PC's user ignores the pop-up, it can hardly cause any damage. However, if the PC's owner participates in a survey, he or she may unconsciously subscribe useless services and pay for it monthly or start receiving spam calls and messages. 
Symptoms Continuous web browser's redirects to fake Amazon websites, pop-ups reporting a $1000 Amazon Gift Card giveaway, an excessive amount of commercial pop-ups.
If you encounter such and similar scam alert, do not postpone a full system scan with ReimageIntego. That's the quickest way to get rid of malware

$1000 Amazon Gift Card virus has mostly been spreading on Mac OS X, but it can occur on Windows on the same frequency. Unfortunately, neither of the web browsers on the market (Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.) is immune to this scam. 

Typically, the $1000 Amazon Gift Card scam infiltrates PCs via freeware and injects third-party web browser's extension, which starts displaying fake Amazon prize giveaway pop-ups. As soon as this PUP gets victim's attention, he or she is asked to click the “Continue” button. After doing so, the user is redirected to a “Quick Survey” window, which asks to indicate the phone number, name, home address, email address and other sensitive information. 

The potential victim is also informed about the decreasing number of “remaining prizes” and similar information. That's a psychological strategy used by criminals to raise people's interest and involve them in the scam affair. Unfortunately, the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” virus has nothing in common with Amazon. In fact, this American e-commerce and cloud computing company is not spreading gift cards worth $1000.

In a nutshell, this scam is a result of your PC's infection. Thus, it won't stop from disrupting you during web browsing as long as you won't remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card related adware. For this purpose, we recommend scanning the system with ReimageIntego or any other legitimate security software. We also recommend changing passwords and login information you use to connect to social networks.

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In addition to the appearance of “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up, that typically shows up each time you start your browsing on the Internet, the annoying adware program can start causing the following activities: 

  • Displaying various ads, offers, banners, and pop-ups that all promote questionable content, including installers for various optimization utilities, fake updates, toolbars, tech support scams or similar. These tools are not legitimate. Instead, they can lead you to malware installation and other computer-related issues.
  • Trying to install additional components, including browser helper objects and similar components without users’ consent. These objects are typically used to modify system settings, like DNS configuration, system files, security settings, etc., and prevent virus removal from the system.
  • Collecting non-personally identifiable information which includes search queries, visited websites, IP addresses, and similar data. This data is used to generate customized ads and gain profit from it. 

$1000 Amazon Gift Card scam is a tricky pop-up window, which attract attention of thousands PC users. However, you should be vigilant and stay away from deals that seem to be too good to be true. If you have been attacked by this fake Amazon-themed ad for a while, do not postpone its elimination. 

$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you removal consists of two procedures. First of all, it's a must to eliminate all suspicious and unknown entries from the system. You can do that both manually or automatically. For more information, please heed to the bottom of this article. 

$1000 Amazon Gift Card scam

You are the one who lets adware into the system. Tips to prevent it 

Users are often not aware of the fact that adware-type programs can get into their computers without a clear permission asked. Fortunately, adware cannot affect the machine as seriously as other viruses. However, its ability to redirect users to questionable websites and data tracking cannot be ignored.

The most popular methods used by adware to sneak into users’ systems are:

  • Bundling;
  • Fake software updates;
  • Torrent/P2P websites.

To avoid unwanted programs on your computer, you need to keep away from third-party content and install only legitimate software. If you install free software[2], make sure you follow each installation step carefully and opt for the Advanced installation mode instead of Recommended one. Then, examine the list of optional programs presented to you during installation and uncheck everything you do not recognize.

Besides, you should always Read EULA/Terms of Use before downloading ANY program to your computer. If anything seems shady, abort the installation entirely.

Learn how to eliminate $1000 Amazon Gift Card virus 

Adware can show up on your computer unexpectedly. Even if you are encountering this alert for some time, do not worry too much because it does not have a negative effect on your system. However, adding your personal information to its offered forms can be dangerous.

To proceed with $1000 Amazon Gift Card removal, you need to find potentially unwanted programs on your computer. For that, you can either use anti-spyware software or try to find them manually. To help you with this procedure, security experts[3] created a step-by-step guide which is presented below. However, please be careful and follow each step with care. Otherwise, the virus can reappear right after you reboot your computer.

If you want to remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” adware without such issues, employ an anti-virus software. Be aware that security software you download from the Internet must be checked twice to avoid using fake applications that cause more trouble than help. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you, follow these steps:

Get rid of $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Windows systems

To remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Microsoft Edge

To uninstall this virus from Microsoft Edge, don't waste your time and reset this browser to its previous state.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you from Safari

To get rid of $1000 Amazon Gift Card scam from Safari, make sure you remove suspicious extensions first. Then, reset this browser to its previous state by deleting history, cashed files and similar content.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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