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Remove Google Prize scam (Easy Removal Guide) - Survey Virus

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

Google Prize scam is a deceptive website which tries to rip off users for the monetary benefit

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Google Prize scam is a fraudulent page which claims that users have been randomly selected to win great prizes by Google. Usually, people are redirected to such scam websites by an ad-supported program that enters the system via software-bundles[1]. There are two types of Google Prize virus — one asks to join the survey to win so-called prizes while the other wants users to answer some questions to help improve Google services. However, security researchers note that Google Prize scam pop-up is created to swindle money from unsuspecting computer users by offering non-existent prizes. 

Name Google Prize scam
Type Adware
Danger level Medium. Doesn't perform system changes rather than use social engineering tactics to trick people
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge
Recent activity IT experts discovered that this adware is actively infecting iPhones, iPads, and Android devices
Distribution techniques Malicious ads or software-bundles
Removal You should get rid of Google Prize scam virus if you want to avoid financial losses. For that, scan your computer or smartphone with anti-malware software or check manual removal guide below
System fix After PUP elimination, scan your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to prevent computer issues

According to the analysis, cybercriminals have developed sophisticated adware[2] programs which are designed to take over regular browsers and modify their settings. As a result, users are continuously redirected to less than reliable websites which are displaying Google Prize scam or other deceptive content. 

Note that Google Prize scam has alternative names as there are numerous different pages designed to trick users into believing that they are applying to win valuable prizes. The most notable ones are the following:

  • Google lottery scam;
  • Google prize winner scam;
  • Google user prize scam;
  • Google prize draw scam;
  • Google random prize scam;
  • Google Sunday prize scam;
  • Etc.

Despite the different names, Google Prize scam virus is created for one purpose — record and save various information about its targets. Researchers note that people encounter legitimate-looking websites which claim to be developed by Google. Although, we can assure you that these scam pages are not related to Google or any legitimate corporation in any way. 

First, Google Prize scam virus hijacks all of the installed browsers on the system and starts accessing non-personally identifiable information, including browser history, frequently visited pages, clicked ads, IP address, ISP, and other details. This activity is performed in the background. Thus, you might not even notice that you have adware installed on your computer. 

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Google Prize scam is a fake pop-up asking to enter surveys to swindle personal details.

Be aware that the adware displaying Google Prize scam pop-up might access personally identifiable information among your search queries if you accidentally submit them. Additionally, it tries to collect sensitive data by claiming that you are rewarded for using Google services and can win a prize. For that, users are asked to enter the survey or answer a few simple questions. 

Unfortunately, all surveys generated by Google Prize scam include the demands to sign up at the end of the quiz. This is the part where unsuspecting computer users are tricked to provide personal information, like email address, phone number or even credentials. As a result, scammers save the gathered data and might sell it in the underground market for monetary benefit or use it in further phishing attacks. 

Therefore, it is essential to identify the fraudulent website and remove Google Prize scam immediately. You can close the new tab or window right away. Although it is just a temporary Google Prize scam removal. You should uninstall the adware to stop being redirected to scam websites. After elimination, scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix virus damage and reset the installed browsers to prevent ads from returning.

Avoiding commercial content and unauthorized applications online might help you protect against adware

It is not a secret that most potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) infiltrate the systems when users tend to click on suspicious ads or download questionable applications online. These distribution techniques helping to spread adware-type programs are known as malvertising and bundling:

  • Malicious online ads. Cybercriminals design legitimate-looking advertisements which are usually customized according to the victim's interests. This way, people are more likely to be lured into clicking on the ad. Note that malvertising is based on bogus scripts which are executed once the advertisement is clicked. Thus, people who are not aware of malicious online ads might automatically install the adware by clicking on them.
  • Software-bundling. When people download free applications, they are not aware that they might include additional components. Likewise, agreeing to install freeware with Quick/Recommended mode might lead to an adware infection. You can easily avoid PUPs by picking Custom/Advanced settings and opting out all suspicious extra elements. 

Get rid of Google Prize scam with an antivirus tool

Even though there is a possibility to remove Google Prize scam manually, we suggest downloading and installing reputable security tools to deal with the adware. Researchers[3] cannot still identify the adware which generates redirects to suspicious pages. Thus, it would be easier to uninstall Google Prize scam virus with an anti-malware program. 

Although, if you still persist in performing Google Prize scam removal on your own, you should locate and delete all unknown extensions, plug-ins or add-ons along with unverified programs. Our experts are willing to help — check the instructions appended at the end of this article. 

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To remove Google Prize scam, follow these steps:

Erase Google Prize scam from Windows systems

Manual Google Prize scam removal from Windows OS requires you to delete all suspicious programs from your PC.

  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 Google Prize scam and related programs
    Here, look for Google Prize 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'

Delete Google Prize 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 Google Prize 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'

Get rid of Google Prize scam 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 Google Prize 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 Google Prize scam removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Google Prize scam from Microsoft Edge

The easiest way to restore Microsoft Edge to the primary state is uninstalling questionable add-ons.

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, Google Prize scam should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Google Prize scam 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 Google Prize 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 Google Prize scam removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Google Prize scam from Google Chrome

Various unauthorized extensions and plug-ins might be related to Google Prize scam. Thus, you should delete them to fix 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 Google Prize 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 Google Prize scam removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Google Prize scam 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 Google Prize 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 Google Prize scam removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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