Remove Usarewardspot (Free Instructions) - updated Jan 2019

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Usarewardspot Removal Guide

What is Usarewardspot?

USARewardspot is a scam that targets users from the United States by offering $100 Visa Gift cards

Usarewardspot adwareUsarewardspot scam is closely related to adware that displays reward messages and intrusive advertisements to your screen. This additional content loads background processes and affects the speed of your browser.

USARewardspot is the adware-related scam[1] that offers a reward by answering simple questions. Unfortunately, when you answer simple questions or solve the puzzle, you are suggested to enter registration information that involves your email address and other personal data. The only few criteria for participants are the U.S residency and the age which should exceed 18 years. However, even though USARewardspot scam claims more than 3 million people have already been rewarded so far, we suggest avoiding this website and any pop-ups related to this lottery. Participating in this scam can lead you to privacy issues, personal information loss or even financial losses. Scammers like these, in most cases, seek to reroute users' traffic to affiliated sites where each click generates revenue. To get rid of this scam completely, you need to scan your system with the anti-virus software.[2] In this case, you will receive such or similar result: PUP.Adware.USAREWARDSPOT. The name of intruder differs from tool to tool, but note that all PUPs should be removed.

Name Usarewardspot
Type Scam/adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Also known Usarewardspot.com; Rewardzoneusa.com
Purpose To lure people into entering their personal information or reroute them to infected site
Symptoms Displays pop-ups with reward messages and causes redirects to commercial websites
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive websites, pop-up ads
Prevention tips Use only original installers, activate the Advanced installation mode, avoid questionable content on the Internet
Targets U.S residents
Removal Use ReimageIntego for general system cleaning and adware Usarewardspot removal

Usarewardspot.com is the main website of the scam. It has mostly been used to lure people into revealing their personal information. For that, the site displays surveys and questionnaires or puzzles and different assignments to collect points. According to these scammers, you can get your reward after collecting a certain amount of points. It may be an iPhone X, Amazon or Visa Gift cards and other valuable prizes. However, this is merely just a scam that uses social engineering[3] and focuses on tricking people all over the States.

If you have been wondering whether is USARewardspot legit or no, you must have already understood that it is not. It is merely an adware which starts causing fake reward messages right after infiltrating the system and altering the web browser. Previously, such PUPs have been especially active with such scams:

USARewardspot popups can also make people visit sponsored sites that are typically reached with the help of redirects and pop-up windows. This is how developers of such programs make the profit. Also, adware is known for additional features:

  • countless pop-ups;
  • unexpected freezes and crashes;
  • sluggish browser;
  • redirects to malicious sites;
  • random hyperlinks;
  • changed appearance of the browser;
  • added extensions, toolbars, bookmarks.

According to researches, potentially unwanted applications, including adware ones, can easily take the user to numerous odd pages once installed on the system. Be aware that PUPs such as Usarewardspot scam can perform redirects which might result in very bad consequences. For example, the rogue application might redirect you to a potentially dangerous web page where malware[4] might be injected and cause system damage.

We believe that Usarewardspot scam is only one of the products from the main RewardZoneUSA scammer page. Be aware that many other scam messages can appear on the screen while you are browsing. You can also run into deceptive advertisements may promote rogue tools, software installs. DO NOT fall for this trick and exit the window as soon as possible without clicking on anything. If you happen to contact some kind of “customer service”, do NOT make any contact with it.

Usarewardspot scamUsarewardspot is a scam based on survey questions and puzzle assignments that lure people into entering their sensitive information.

You should remove Usarewardspot scam by using reputable tools because this way you can be sure that all files added by this threat can be removed completely. Security researchers[5] advise that exiting the malicious website or pop-up window is not enough. You need to delete all related programs and files to end fake messages about the reward and frustrating redirects to suspicious sites.

Note that, if you have allowed some notifications on a specific page, and now this potentially unwanted application is bothering you while browsing on particular websites, you can try to unsubscribe Usarewardspot. However, if this does not help, you can be almost sure that the cause of this adware program is hiding somewhere in your computer system. If so, make sure that you do not hesitate to perform the elimination quickly.

If this PUP has appeared on your mobile phone device, you should also gain some knowledge on how to remove Usarewardspot from the phone as the program might perform rogue activities here also. In most of the cases, you should clear the cache of the affected web browser or reinstall it completely. In the worst case scenario, you will need to reset your Android phone to its factory settings.

The scam uses fake reviews to attract its victims

It seems that Usarewardspot scam has been attracting users not only by offering valuable prizes. It has also been filled with “success” messages from alleged customers. Be sure that these reviews are fake and have been used just to mislead victims into revealing their personal data which is probably the most valuable thing among scammers and hackers.

One of the reviews from the website reads the following:

I filled out the offers and received my prize as promised! I also received many wonderful products from the offers I chose. Thank you!

Based on the following fake message, the scam is associated with yet another fake reward program – National Consumer Center:

I received by gift card within 12 days from starting the offers – very pleased!! Thank you, National Consumer Center!!

Usarewardspot PUPUsarewardspot is a potentially unwanted application which enters the computer system via stealth techniques such as bundling.

Usarewardspot Amazon gift card is fake, and you shouldn't follow any suggestions about entering your personal information. Scams like these can lead to:

  • privacy issues;
  • identity theft;
  • stolen credit card information;
  • malware infection.

Unfortunately, adware programs are not easy to detect, so Usarewardspot removal from the device can become difficult. That's why we recommend that you choose anti-malware tools and eliminate the threat automatically. Using programs like ReimageIntego can be beneficial for the whole system because a thorough system scan terminates all cyber intruders and ends malicious processes.

PUPs come bundled with freeware

When you are dealing with unwanted programs like browser hijackers or adware, rogue tools and so on, the primary distribution technique is bundled software which is distributed on the internet vis deceptive advertisements, fake downloaders, freeware promoting sites. Potentially unwanted programs come packed with other applications and this way when you install one program you get additional content too.

However, you can avoid incidents like this if you choose Advanced or Custom options during the installation process. The difference from Default or Quick options is one step that allows you to de-select unwanted programs from the list. When it comes to scams or fake rewards, lotteries scammers create official websites, and promotional ads were people get tricked.

Remember that entering your email address, credit card information or any personal details on suspicious websites may lead to more severe damage or even privacy issues. Always choose reputable sources for your software and updates, make sure to read Privacy Policy and EULA of every website that brings suspicion.

Usarewardspot adware appUsarewardspot is an adware application which can redirect you to dubious-looking pages.

How to remove Usarewardspot from phone

If you are willing to remove Usarewardspot virus from Android phone or tablet, you should find all suspicious apps in your recently installed programs and check if there is additional content installed on your browser. Additionally, we suggest using the guide provided below to reset the affected web browser. You can also reinstall it completely if the problem persists.

Alternatively, you can try to block ads on each of your web browsers.

Google Chrome:

  • Pick Menu and select Settings
  • Click on Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security go for Content Settings
  • Click on Notifications
  • Find suspicious domain name(s) under Allow
  • Click on More Actions and pick Block

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Select Menu and pick Options
  • Click on Privacy & Security
  • Under Permissions select Notifications
  • Go to Settings
  • Find questionable domain(s) and pick Block from the drop-down menu

Safari:

  • Choose Safari and select Preferences
  • Pick Notifications
  • Select Deny for suspicious domains

How to block Usarewardspot scam on Windows

Usarewardspot removal is a process that can be done manually by removing additional browser extensions and plugins.[6] However, this method doesn't guarantee a full virus elimination. Additionally, it doesn't prevent its reappearance, so we recommend scanning the system entirely by using anti-malware which will point out the components that seem to be malicious for you.

Remember, you need to check all web browsers to block Usarewardspot scam permanently. If you skip even only just one component, the adware program might renew itself and its rogue activities the next time you launch the infected browser. We recommend checking all web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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Getting rid of Usarewardspot. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To delete Usarewardspot program from Windows, eliminate all PUPs from the device. Follow these steps and clean the computer:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

If Mac OS X is infected with the adware application, make sure you remove it as soon as possible. For successful elimination, check these steps:

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

If the potentially unwanted application has injected some rogue content in your Microsoft Edge web browser, you can get rid of it by following these steps:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To block Usarewardspot scam and any adware-related product can install additional toolbars or extensions on your browser. For this reason, you need to reset the preferences of your Firefox:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome, follow this guide to make sure that your Chrome runs as smooth as it should:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Eliminate unwanted content from the Safari web browser by performing this guide:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Usarewardspot registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

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Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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