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Remove “Amazon Rewards Event” scam (Removal Guide) - updated Jul 2020

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Malware

Amazon Rewards Event – an online scam that promises free gifts for loyal Amazon users

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Questions about “Amazon Rewards Event” scam

Amazon Rewards Event is a scam used to trick Amazon users[1] by using fake pop-ups, ads and other announcements claiming that they won a prize for their loyalty to the company. This scam might bombard any browser right after related adware-type program infiltrates the system. After it changes needed system settings, Amazon Rewards Event virus starts displaying various notifications asking to fill the survey to win an iPhone or other prize. It can also require you to install some browser extensions or plug-ins, reveal your email address or provide other personal information. However, following these requirements won't bring you the desired price. The result might be opposite – you might install malware, lose your money or suffer from privacy-related issues.

Name Amazon Rewards Event
Type Scam
Distribution Adware programs that spread in software bundles, malicious websites
Danger level Medium. Might trick into installing suspicious programs and track browsing-related information.
Symptoms Delivery of pop-ups and ads that promise free Amazon gifts and expensive prizes, redirects to questionable websites, offers to download unknown programs, crashing and freezing browser
To uninstall adware related to this scam, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan 

The main purpose of the Amazon Rewards scam is to convince netizens to fill surveys by giving them a hope of winning a prize for doing nothing:

Amazon Rewards Event

Congratulations Amazon user!

We would like to thank you for your loyalty to Amazon – so we are offering you the chance to receive a reward.

Spin the wheel to claim your special prize

Good Luck!

However, every filled survey brings scammers revenue. In order to motivate users to complete surveys, crooks promise expensive prizes, such as iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, or MacBooks.

Amazon Rewards Event virus example

However, these attractive goodies should not fool you. Amazon Rewards Event Spin the wheel might give you questionnaires that ask to enter your phone number or even paying $5 for unknown services. If you do so, your phone bill might extremely increase.

If you ever get redirected to “Amazon Rewards Event” scam website, you should close it immediately. If this activity continues, you should also check the system for the adware infection using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware[2] software.

Amazon Rewards Event malware versions

You can suspect adware infiltration if you also see these unwanted and annoying activities on Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another browser you use:

  • an increased amount of ads, pop-ups and/or banners;
  • redirects to promotional websites;
  • random text turned into hyperlinks;
  • the appearance of unknown browser extensions, plugins or toolbars.

In this case, you should look up for adware on your PC and uninstall it. You can investigate the system and remove “Amazon Rewards Event” virus manually by following the guide given down below. However, you should bear in mind that locating adware-related entries might not be very easy.

Thus, we recommend choosing automatic “Amazon Rewards Event” removal option and dedicate this task to reputable anti-malware/anti-spyware software. Usually, ad-supported applications arrive on the system in software bundle which typically includes more than one PUP. There’s no doubt that you have to eliminate them all.

Examples of  “Amazon Rewards Event” scams
“Amazon Rewards Event” scam wants people to fill shady surveys in order to win a specific prize.

Careful freeware and shareware installation helps to avoid unwanted ads

This ad-supported application that is responsible for letting the adware to the system most likely got into the system bundled with freeware or shareware. Any program that you download from free download sites might include additional components like this potentially unwanted application.

For this reason, you have to learn how to “unpack” programs and reject installation of PUPs:

  • download software from developer’s websites and avoid third-party sources;
  • read Terms of Use, EULA, Privacy Policy and other provided documents;
  • use Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended/Standard;
  • opt out all pre-selected “optional downloads.”

Eliminate Amazon Rewards Event virus from your browser

Redirects to survey scam website will stop once you remove Amazon Rewards Event from the computer entirely. This task requires checking the system for suspicious programs, browser extensions, and other components. You can delete them manually or automatically.

If you consider manual Amazon Rewards Event removal, you should follow our prepared guide below. However, experts from the,[3] note that home computer users often fail with manual elimination because they tend to rush and overlook adware-related entries.

Indeed, if you leave some extensions or other components installed, redirects to scam website continue once you reboot the system. Thus, we recommend avoiding failure by opting for automatic elimination.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam, follow these steps:

Eliminate “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Windows systems

To remove this adware from Windows operating system, follow these steps:

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam and related programs
    Here, look for “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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'

Uninstall “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Mac OS X system

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Internet Explorer (IE)

If you are bothered by “Amazon Rewards Event” redirects, you should follow these removal instructions:

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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, “Amazon Rewards Event” scam should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To stop unwanted activities of survey scam, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Google Chrome

Misleading pop-ups are typically related to malicious browser extensions on Google Chrome web browser. To delete them from Chrome, follow these instructions:

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate “Amazon Rewards Event” scam from Safari

To get rid of Amazon Rewards Event popup and similar survey scam from Safari, use the following guide in exact order.

  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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam 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 “Amazon Rewards Event” scam removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
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