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Remove “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” ads (Removal Guide) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Walmart Gift Card virus – an intrusive app causing fake ads to lure people into falling for the scam

$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner ads
$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner ads can appear on Windows, MacOS, iOS and other operating systems.

Walmart Gift Card Winner virus is a scam trying to swindle money or valuable information from unaware people. Experts note that this potentially unwanted program can also be found as Walmart virus since it interrupts its victims by delivering numerous fake offers to win online shopping gift cards. However, note that none of them is real. Walmart gift card winner scam has already been included in the Fraud alerts announced by Walmart.[1] The main aim of this scam is to mislead users into thinking that they are about to win some money. However, they are asked to provide specific information which is considered to be personal. Beware that the scam is one of the numerous other scams spreading around. You should avoid them 

Name Walmart Gift Card Winner
Also known $1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner
Type Adware, scam
Related to
  • Walmart virus;
  • Pokki virus;
  • Pokki Start Menu
Main activities Distributes fake ads, promises numerous prizes in exchange for personal information
Main dangers Personal data leakage, identity theft, money loss
Removal To remove Walmart gift card virus, get rid of all misleading apps on your phone or computer. Find the potential threats and bring your system to the previous state with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner  

Soon after being infected with the virus, the corrupted Walmart 1000 gift card popup ads begin to emerge. These notifications will feature all the recognizable features and signs of the company, such as the same color palette and logo. Thus, they might be difficult to distinguish from the legitimate ones.

In reality, scammers use famous brand names like Walmart, ebay, Amazon and others to get the unsuspecting users involved in their shady businesses. $1000 Walmart gift card scam informs people about supposed lottery winnings, and encourages them to play obscure online games or complete surveys in order to “win” the prize.

This is typical behavior of adware which is designed to display these pop-ups regardless of whether the user desires to see them[2]. Examples which are almost identical include National consumer centerCongratulations you won virus, Amazon gift card scam and many others. All of this intrusive advertising is focused on promoting specific products, stealing personal information or even installing malware on the victim’s computer.

If similar ads and pop-ups start appearing on your browser, this suggests that it is time for a system checkup. If you are not sure where to turn first, we recommend trusting $1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner removal to a reliable antivirus utility, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner . If you are looking for a way to get rid of it from an iPhone, iPad or similar mobile device, reset it to its factory settings and forget about disturbing behavior while using these devices.

Walmart Gift Card Winner scam
Walmart Gift Card Winner - a scam designed by scammers to swindle money from credulous people.

Nevertheless, all this trickery comes to light when the user clicks on Walmart Gift Card Winner ad and is immediately redirected to some infectious domain. Some less informed users may continue to install the offered applications or obtain suggested services even though such behavior can quickly lead to security breaches, privacy violations or even financial loss.

That is why you should remove $1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner virus without second-thinking as soon as you find its ads popping up on your browser. Remember that nothing comes free and such almost-too-good-to-be-true offers are most likely a scam.

For those who have never encountered adware before and are not aware of how to get rid of Walmart gift card virus, we suggest using the elimination guide below. There are brief step-by-step guidelines which will be easy to use even if you do not have specific IT knowledge.

Smartphones can also be infected with ad-supported programs

While most commonly users receive such scam offers during browsing sessions on their computer, we have received several reports that Walmart 1000 gift card popup on iPhone or iPad is also bothering smartphone users. They warn that their phones' performance has significantly decreased once annoying scam messages started to occur.

Furthermore, other operating systems on mobile phones are vulnerable to ad-supported programs as well — Walmart gift card virus on Android is also present. Unfortunately, but this is the consequence of your irresponsible behavior when downloading third-party applications.

Walmart Gift Card Winner virus

Smartphone viruses infiltrate the systems while imitating innocent applications. Usually, they are offered on unauthorized app stores as Flashlights or other programs. Note that in order to compromise your device they need to gain administrative rights and you are the one who gives them[3].

Therefore, do not download or install suspicious applications from third-party app stores. Always read the reviews online and make sure that they are developed by verified authors. Also, you should be aware that such apps as an Alarm Clock do not need Admin rights and this is the first alert that the program might be malicious. 

Adware programs manage to stealthily enter your system without notice

While the distribution of facebook.com-walmart.com virus is completely legitimate, we find it highly unfair from the standpoint of the computer users. Developers of such programs bundle them together with free software and do not inform about it during the installation/download procedure.

Labelled as a Recommended or Quick install, this adware simply installs simultaneously with some audio or video player you have downloaded on your device. However, this could have been stopped if only you have chosen the Advanced installation mode in the software’s setup.

Carrying out the installation in Custom/Advanced mode would have allowed you to cancel the suspicious software from installing on your computer. You must search and de-select all previously ticked checkmarks which enable the installation of additional software with the regular program.

$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner fake alert
Users can get lured by an attractive ads. Nevertheless, they will get nothing in return, as it is merely a scam.

Ways to get rid of $1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner notifications for good

While there are several ways to remove Walmart Gift Card Winner ads, note that some of them are easier than the others. Both manual and automatic elimination are possible. However, the latter one requires you only to download an antivirus tool and run an entire system scan.

For that, you can use one of the security programs listed below, because we are sure that they will do all the job for you. After $1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner removal, you will be able to enjoy full system protection in the future. Therefore, do not hesitate and invest in your security. 

Experts from BedyNet.ru[4] note that manual elimination is a more complicated process. Thus, we suggest you using the instructions below which will explain how to do it step-by-step. However, it is vital to follow them attentively not to damage your system. 

If you are wondering, how to get rid of Walmart Gift Card virus on iPhone, check what suspicious apps have you recently installed. Of course, you must remove all of them and then reinstall your web browser app. If the problem reappears, perform the factory reset. For that, use this guide: How to remove iPhone virus.

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To remove “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” ads, follow these steps:

Remove “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Windows systems

To stop Walmart pop up ads on Windows, uninstall all suspicious programs that could be related to advertisers.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” and related programs
    Here, look for “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Mac OS X system

To get rid of Walmart gift card virus on MacOS, identify and delete all components that seem suspicious.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome, delete all unknown entries and resetting your browser.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “$1000 Walmart Gift Card Winner” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. EnterG says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 1:31 am

    These ads… total scam. DO not believe a single word in this fake ad

  2. Mandy says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Who gives $1000 for free??? Thats a lame bait

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