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Prize-mania.mobi – a suspicious domain that urges users to allow notifications and win a prize

Prize-mania.mobi
Prize-mania.mobi is an adware-based domain that might appear due to a PUP infection or occasionally on unsafe pages

Prize-mania.mobi is an adware-based domain that holds the goal of increasing its ad flow within each user visit. If you ever appear on this bogus location, be aware that the program will offer you to spin a prize wheel. Spinning the wheel might result in congratulations messages of being one winner from 25631 users. If wanting to claim the prize, the user has to press the “Allow” button on the Show Notifications message. However, you should not rely on the words of Prize-mania.mobi as you will supposedly be lured in intrusive advertising activities as you will end up allowing them yourself. 

Name Prize-mania.mobi
Type Ad-supported application/potentially unwanted program
Goal This suspicious program aims to gather as many subscribers as possible in order to increase the ad flow and collect income from each user's click
IP 52.215.137.157
Other domains  

  • a9hac.prize-mania.mobi;
  • landing.prize-mania.mobi;
  • aa4pw.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn2.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn3.prize-mania.mobi;
  • 0zwpx.prize-mania.mobi;
  • zz1ev.prize-mania.mobi;
  • ul51p.prize-mania.mobi.
How it works Once you enter the Prize-mania.mobi domain, you will be provided with a spinning wheel. If you spin and aim to win a prize (a mobile phone mostly), you will be encouraged to proceed with the next round by clicking on the “Allow notifications” section
Other activities The adware program also forces redirects to affiliate domains which might be filled with beneficial-looking but truly rogue offers, can inject HTTP cookies that record browsing-related information, etc.
Distribution Mostly, PUPs such as adware are distributed through a deceptive marketing technique recognized as “bundling”. This happens when you download freeware from third-party websites such as CNET/Softonic
Elimination Employ software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner to perform a full system checkup and find all adware-related products. Continue with automatical or manual elimination. Find both methods at the end of this article

Prize-mania.mobi virus is a term used to describe this ad-supported application which has some features of a scamming program. All the prize claims that are provided by this domain are fake as no reputable app would randomly approach users and offer to get an iPhone, Samsung, or another mobile phone device for free. 

If you end up with Prize-mania.mobi on one ore multiple browsers, it will provide you with a spinning wheel and after you spin it, the adware will display a congratulations message that urges to click on “Allow” to proceed with the next round:

Congratulations

You are the WINNER of this round. You have beaten 25.631 users.

Press Enter & Win and ALLOW to receive a ticket to the next round. Don't wait too long!

Enter & Win!

Furthermore, the Prize-mania.mobi push notifications box will appear with two features one of which is to “Block” incoming notifications and the other one is to “Allow” the ad flow. We strongly recommend denying any solutions by this program and just closing the bogus window. However, if the rogue app keeps appearing, you should perform a malware scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

If the adware-related domain is not just a sign that you have visited some unsafe location but also signifies about a PUP infection, you should take action towards Prize-mania.mobi removal process as soon as possible. You can use both automatical and manual methods to succeed in the elimination. View both possibilities at the end of this article.

Prize-mania.mobi adware
Prize-mania.mobi - an adware program that provides fake prize claims

There are a lot of reasons why you should remove Prize-mania.mobi from your computer system. Adware programs are known to gather income from the cost-per-click technique that might also be supported by this application. The developers will try to bombard you with attractive-looking notifications as frequent as possible.

For bombarding the user with targeted advertisements, Prize-mania.mobi might inject HTTP cookies[1] into your browser apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, or Safari. These tracking objects are able to collect information that relates to your browsing sessions, history, and habits. Such data allows third-parties to find out the most popular offers lately.

Furthermore, Prize-mania.mobi redirects might also start troubling you. Potentially unwanted programs such as adware also benefit from redirecting activities as the user is forcibly taken to another affiliate domain that might hold some bogus offers. It is known that this ad-supported application serves via 52.215.137.157 IP address and might also show up through various similar domains such as:

  • a9hac.prize-mania.mobi;
  • landing.prize-mania.mobi;
  • aa4pw.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn2.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn.prize-mania.mobi;
  • cdn3.prize-mania.mobi;
  • 0zwpx.prize-mania.mobi;
  • zz1ev.prize-mania.mobi;
  • ul51p.prize-mania.mobi.

Prize-mania.mobi will supposedly display a huge number of ads that might interact with the quality of your browsing process. This means that you will be completing sessions slower and they might get even harder to maintain. However, if you have been receiving pop-ups only occasionally, you can try preventing their repeated appearance with Adblock plus or another ad-blocking product. Continuously, try finding the domain in the Notifications list of your browser settings: Press on the three dots on the upper right of your browser window > Settings > Advanced > Notifications > Find Prize-mania.mobi and remove/disable it from the menu.

Prize-mania.mobi PUP

Distribution sources suitable for secret adware infiltration

Experts from LesVirus.fr[2] claim that adware products rely on stealth installation techniques such as “bundling”. Downloading programs or services from third-party websites such as CNET or Softonic might bring you a PUP on your computer, especially, if you have been using the Quick/Recommended mode.

Prevent ad-supported applications from reaching your computer system and web browsers by opting for the Custom/Advanced configuration only. Here you will be able to control all of your incoming downloads and deselect those products that you do not want to receive. Other ways to prevent adware:

  • Avoid visiting bogus websites. Various p2p networks, gaming pages, dating sources can increase the chances of receiving a potentially unwanted program on your computer. If your antivirus program warns you that the source you are about to proceed with is unsafe, you should close the page immediately.
  • Run antimalware protection on your machine. If you do not have an antivirus tool yet, you should go ahead and purchase one. Make sure that the software includes as many protective features as possible and is kept regularly updated in order not to contain flaws in the future and weaken the security level.
  • Always be cautious. The user's own cautiousness during online sessions is the key to safety. Be aware of various fake Adobe Flash Player updates,[3] iPhone/Samsung reward claims, attractive-looking third-party ads or hyperlinks as they might be set to target random people and infected them with a potentially unwanted program such as adware.

Prize-mania.mobi adware removal techniques

Prize-mania.mobi PUP

Prize-mania.mobi removal is a process that can be performed via both manual and automatical methods. First of all, you have to measure your abilities to find out what kind of technique suits you the most. We always recommend less-experienced people to employ antimalware products for a quality-full elimination process.

However, manual guidelines are also here to help you through the entire Prize-mania.mobi virus uninstalling task. Below you will find step-by-step instructions that allow cleaning both Mac/Windows OS and also web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

After you remove Prize-mania.mobi from your computer and browser, you should make sure that no additional content is left, otherwise, the adware program might execute itself after the next machine or web browser boot up.

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Prize-mania.mobi virus

To remove Prize-mania.mobi, follow these steps:

Remove Prize-mania.mobi from Windows systems

To get rid of suspicious products from your Windows computer, you should 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 Prize-mania.mobi and related programs
    Here, look for Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi from Mac OS X system

To remove the adware program from your Mac OS X machine, use the following guidelines.

  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 Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi from Internet Explorer (IE)

To terminate bogus components from Explorer, complete these guiding steps.

  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 Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Prize-mania.mobi 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, Prize-mania.mobi should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Prize-mania.mobi from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To eliminate adware from Firefox, follow these guidelines.

  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 Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Prize-mania.mobi from Google Chrome

To clean Google Chrome from PUP-related content, carry out the following tasks.

  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 Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi 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 Prize-mania.mobi removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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