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Remove Apple Rewards Event (Survey Scam) - Virus Removal Guide

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Apple Rewards Event scam exposing personal user's data at risk

Apple Rewards Event pop-up notifications

Apple Rewards Event is a fake notification which belongs to the hoax or rogue survey scams.[1] It offers Apple users a possibility to win valuable prizes. It is said to be a “thank you” for the loyalty and offer to spin the wheel to find out what gift you might be able to win. However, no prize stands behind Apple Rewards Event scam. These notifications are not caused by your device, browser or the website’s publisher. They are triggered by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or adware type programs filled with spammy ads.

Name Apple Rewards Event
Type Malware, adware, PUP
Danger level Low. Cannot harm the system directly, but can trick into revealing personal data to scammers
Distribution Bundling, fake updates
Information targeted Full name, address, email address, telephone number
Removal options An easy way to disable Apple Rewards Event notifications is to run a scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Another way is to eliminate it manually using the instructions given below this article.

The Apple Rewards Event virus can hijack Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, or any other web browser. Nevertheless, clearing browser cache and restarting the browser won’t help to get rid of them. To remove Apple Rewards Event pop-up completely, you have to detect what PUP is causing it and eliminate it right away.

Although websites user third-party ads to generate revenue,[2] sometimes website owners are not even aware of what’s being advertised on their websites. However, Apple Rewards Event is ads are not legitimate ads whatsoever. They are used to trick people into participating in a fake online survey and disclose personally identifiable information. The pop-up says:

Apple Rewards Event
Congratulations Apple user!
We would like to thank you for your loyalty to Apple – so we offer you the chance to win a special product.
Spin the wheel to win special prizes
Good Luck!

The pop-up locks the screen completely. There’s only one option – to click the OK button and proceed with the prize giveaway offer. The page you are redirected to later should contain a short survey consisting of several simple questions related to Apple, Bill Gates or similar. After filling the survey, you will be offered to spin the wheel to find out whether you won iPhone, MacBook, iPad or any other Apple product.

If you are redirected to the Apple Rewards Event new tab window regularly, we would recommend scanning your PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or professional anti-malware tool to eliminate all malicious programs. It seeks to collect the following information:

  • Full name;
  • Email address;
  • Home address;
  • Telephone number.

Participating in the Apple Rewards Event survey poses a risk of identity theft or money loss. Scammers who own this pop-up can sell personal information on the black market. However, most frequently they seek to subscribe various services on behalf of your name. Consequently, you may notice an additional fee included in your monthly telephone bill.

Apple Rewards Event scam example
Apple Rewards Event survey scam tricks PC users into revealing sensitive data. It can also display intrusive ads and track web browsing activities.

Apart from collecting some pieces of personal information, Apple Rewards Event virus can monitor your web browsing activities and transmit Search Data to its partners. You can also notice an excessive amount of pop-up ads, random text turning into hyperlinks, banner ads, and another type of intrusive content.

To clean up your web browser from unwanted content, you should remove Apple Rewards Event adware from your PC. You can do that automatically with the help of a professional security tool (recommended) or manually by following the instructions given at the end of this article.

Split up software packages to reject hidden installers

Ad-supported web browser extensions and search sites that hijack web browsers can be distributed via hacked websites or infected ads. Nevertheless, the most frequently used distribution strategy is known as “bundling.” It is inseparable from freeware and shareware. The scheme of this method is simple: freeware developers gain profit for spreading add-ons, toolbars, and extensions as “optional downloads” of their products.

That’s why it’s a must to monitor freeware installation from beginning to the end. Opt for Advanced or Custom installation method all the time and look for the window that promotes “useful” tools. Remove ticks saying that you agree to install them and only then click Next.

Disable Apple Rewards Event pop-ups

Apple Rewards Event scam cannot spy on you or harm your PC directly. However, it uses social engineering strategies to trick people into disclosing their details by themselves or installing other unwanted programs without being aware of that.

Due to these reasons, you should not postpone Apple Rewards Event removal. You can get rid of it manually by clearing up unwanted programs and resetting your web browser.

However,[3] along with a group of other cybersecurity experts highly recommend eliminating it automatically using a professional anti-malware tool. It’s an easier and more reliable way to fix abnormal PC’s behavior.

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 Apple Rewards Event, follow these steps:

Remove Apple Rewards Event from Windows systems

  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 Apple Rewards Event and related programs
    Here, look for Apple Rewards Event 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 Apple Rewards Event from Mac OS X system

Apple Rewards Event is oriented to Apple device users. If you are one of the victims, please follow the steps below to fix the current situation:

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

Eliminate Apple Rewards Event 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, Apple Rewards Event should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Apple Rewards Event 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 Apple Rewards Event 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 Apple Rewards Event removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Apple Rewards Event from Google Chrome

  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 Apple Rewards Event 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 Apple Rewards Event removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Apple Rewards Event from Safari

If you experience Apple Rewards Event redirects every day, all you have to do is to remove PUPs and then reset 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 Apple Rewards Event 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 Apple Rewards Event 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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Linas Kiguolis
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