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Remove “Spin The Lucky Wheel” ads (Simple Removal Guide) - updated Dec 2019

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

Spin The Lucky Wheel – a reward claiming scam that can reopen each time while launching the affected browser

Spin The Lucky Wheel

Spin The Lucky Wheel has been reported as an intrusive scam that keeps appearing on Microsoft Edge and other browsers after encountering it once. Such an occurrence can happen if an adware app somehow got installed on your computer system. Other people report that Spin The Lucky Wheel virus has popped up on an iPhone device and showed in the Chrome web browser app.[1] If you decide to spin the wheel, you might be provided with fake winnings of various electronic devices and encourage you to forward a message about your lucky spin to 10 WhatsApp friends. Afterward, Spin The Lucky Wheel virus encourages users to claim the prize in 300s and enter his/her mobile phone number for required verification.

Then, you might be provided with a “Download” button that launches some type of dating website and offers to “Save File” that is named Flashplayerupdate-setup.exe and has been detected as PUP.Optional.Download.Admin by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.[2] According to these security researchers, you can also end be provided with other bogus updates and gaming suggestions. Do not open any unknown files and do not install questionable updates as it might be an easy way to bring malware to your machine or device.

Name Spin The Lucky Wheel
Type Scam/PUP
Cause This bogus scamming website can be a result of an adware program hidden in your system
Related files Once you are dealing with the scam and if you opt to receive some prizes, you might be urged to install rogue executables such as Flashplayerupdate-setup.exe
Detection Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects the suspicious executable as PUP.Optional.Download.Admin 
Spreading Potentially unwanted programs mostly come together with bundled software from third-party websites such as soft32.com, cnet.com, etc.
Removal You can get rid of the annoying program with the help of antimalware software or manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article
Repair tip If you have found some system components compromised by this threat, you can try restoring them with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner software

Spin The Lucky Wheel ads start continuously popping up on random web pages, regardless of whether the user wants to see them or not. The ads generated by this adware are eye-catching, resembling the style of Facebook, which makes them look more trustworthy because of the fake comments of the happy winners generated below.

This Lucky Wheel will offer you to win very tempting prizes, such as the latest smartphones, smartwatches and similar products. However, you should not be deceived by such promises. If you tried “spinning the wheel”, you would probably receive nothing more than another potentially unwanted program or virus on your computer.

Spin The Lucky Wheel virus
Spin The Lucky Wheel is a scam that offers winning various prizes such as mobile phones, electronic watches, etc.

If you engaged in this fake lottery, you would be redirected through various windows and, eventually, suggested downloading some suspicious .exe file in order to receive your “prize.” Of course, in reality, there is no actual prize, and you are merely letting some virus into your computer. If you see these deceptive ads on your device, please scan your system with some reputable antivirus and remove Spin The Lucky Wheel from your computer.

Initially, the Spin The Lucky Wheel is evident from the ads it generates. For instance, the following notification is a clear indicator you may have been infected by this adware:

Congratulations User!
You have been chosen for today’s special reward in Omaha
Spin the wheel to pick your reward!

However, there are also less obvious signs of Spin The Lucky Wheel virus infiltration. Text on random pages may be turned into hyperlinks, you may start experiencing an overly increased number of pop-up ads and banners, also, your browser may often become unresponsive.

To make matters worse, it has been observed that the ads and links generated by the Spin The Lucky Wheel redirect users to unsafe sites, in which it is very easy to unknowingly install other dangerous malware. This malware may corrupt your files or take over your browser.

On top of that, hackers may use Spin the Lucky Wheel to track and collect your data, hack into your accounts and steal the containing information. To avoid all these threats, make sure you take care of the Spin The Lucky Wheel removal before letting the virus take control of your computer.

Once Spin The Lucky Wheel has been removed from your computer system or mobile phone device, you should check for possibly corrupted files and other components on the system. Use a reliable tool to perform a thorough scan. If the checkup results show some compromised locations, you can try repairing them with a tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner or any other trustworthy program that you believe will do its job.

Spin The Lucky Wheel ads
Spin The Lucky Wheel is a scam that encourages users to download bogus executables

PUPs attack devices silently

Pay attention to the freeware and shareware programs you are downloading. Is it really a single program you are installing on your computer? If you downloaded the software from an unreliable source it is likely that your download is also bundled with additional potentially unwanted apps hidden in the initial application’s installation settings. This might happen if you like receiving your products and services from sources such as cnet.com, download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com.

To make sure no suspicious programs are entering your computer, please opt for the Advanced installation settings and unmark all the pre-marked options allowing undesirable programs to be installed. Avoid all downloading modes that have been marked as “Basic”, “Quick”, or “Recommended” as this type of configuration does not provide the required safety level while completing downloads from the Internet sphere.

Also, you should give your antivirus some extra time to check your downloaded programs before opening and installing them on your PC. What is more, do not click on any suspicious links you may receive from your Facebook friends. According to Virusai.lt specialists,[3] if the message received from a friend looks untypical in any way, always double-check and ask your friend if he/she really sent the message as many suspicious viruses are intensively distributed via well-known social platforms.

Get rid of Spin The Lucky Wheel virus from your iPhone

Regarding the fact that Spin The Lucky Wheel has been approaching iPhone devices also, we decided to provide thorough instructing steps on how to get rid of the potentially unwanted program from your Apple mobile phone device. Take a look at these steps and learn how to eliminate iPhone virus:

  • Enter Settings.
  • Select the Safari browser icon.
  • Then, choose Clear History and Website Data.

If Spin The Lucky Wheel virus still persists and you keep receiving bogus redirects constantly, there might be a more advanced threat in your system. For this purpose, you can try completing these steps also:

  • Go to Settings once more.
  • Click on General.
  • Afterward, choose the option that says “Erase All Contents”.

Spin The Lucky Wheel removal tips

To remove Spin The Lucky Wheel ads from your browser and the adware itself from your computer, you will have to employ either your own computer knowledge or some trustworthy antivirus utilities. If you opt for the automatic removal method, make sure your antivirus is updated to its latest version. Older editions may not be able to detect the recently developed or newly updated virus versions, therefore the virus may bounce back to your browser.

The manual virus removal method is also a possible option. For this purpose, our team of experts has prepared a comprehensive step-by-step Spin The Lucky Wheel removal guide. These detailed instructions are presented just below this article. Here you will find tips on how to get rid of the PUP from both your OS and web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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To remove “Spin The Lucky Wheel” ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall “Spin The Lucky Wheel” from Windows systems

To get rid of potentially unwanted programs from your Windows machine, apply the following guiding 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” and related programs
    Here, look for “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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'

Remove “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of “Spin The Lucky Wheel” ads from Microsoft Edge

To clean MS Edge from bogus content and reverse any strange changes, perform the steps that are provided below.

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, “Spin The Lucky Wheel” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate “Spin The Lucky Wheel” from Google Chrome

To eliminate suspicious products from your Google Chrome web browser, use these guidelines.

  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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” 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 “Spin The Lucky Wheel” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. QuinDee says:
    April 12th, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Facebook is just full of viruses!!

  2. Bobby Jr says:
    April 12th, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Its not a facebook virus, it is just styled like facebook

  3. QuinDee says:
    April 12th, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Well, it clearly says do not open suspicious facebook messages

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