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Remove YouTube Reward Center scam (Simple Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

“YouTube Reward Center” – scam pop-up caused by adware program

A picture of YouTube Reward Center scam

“YouTube Reward Center” is a scam[1] alert, which pretends to be an official YouTube promotion to mislead unsuspecting users into thinking that they won exclusive prizes, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, various trips, and so on. Victims of the “YouTube Reward Center” scam are urged to claim a prize by participating in a short quiz and then indicating the contact information (full name, address, email address, telephone number, and similar).

The scam displays a countdown clock, which, in turn, creates the feeling of immediacy and people fall for the trick. Unfortunately, participating in a survey will not even include people into a list of candidates. What the “YouTube Reward Center” virus does is accumulates personal information[2] and then uses it for shady third-party marketing campaigns, for example, scammers can later call the victims trick them into purchasing doubtful programs.

Sometimes it's not clear what people have to remove to disable “YouTube Reward Center” scam. This scam is triggered by adware program, which means that to end up the havoc on a web browser people have to disable potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.

Keep in mind that the latter, in addition to fake “YouTube Reward Center” pop-ups, may generate an excessive amount of pop-ups and ads within Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE, Edge, and other web browsers. Some of them may contain malicious JavaScrip codes. Although that's a rare case, people should be aware of the risks and avoid clicking on any ads generated by pretend-to-be Youtube Reward Center.

By the way, the adware associated with this YouTube scam can also use tracking cookies and web beacons, which means that it can collect non-personal[3] information straight from people's browsers.

Disable YouTube Reward Center pop-ups
"YouTube Reward Center" is a fake pop-up generated by adware infection

PC users often fall for believing that various surveys and prize giveaways associated with Google, Firefox, Youtube, Safari, Facebook, Amazon, etc. are legitimate. We must admit that some of them look reliable. However, scammers exploit the known names to emphasize the legitimacy of the scams and involve as many people as possible. Therefore, if your web browser started generating a pop-up window with the text given below, please do not hesitate and remove “YouTube Reward Center” immediately.

Every [current day of the week] exclusive internet/Communication companies select (7) users in the US to randomly receive a gift. This week, it is for [your ISP company and browser type]! You need to key in your details for verification!
(5) usershave won the New iphone x. Only (2) units left for grabs.
You have [two-minute countdown timer] to answer the questions before someone else takes over your spot. Good luck!!!

“YouTube Reward Center” removal can be executed in two ways – automatically and manually. We recommend you to opt for the first method due to simplicity, speed, and reliability. All you have to do is to install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reliable tool and set it to delete “YouTube Reward Center” virus completely.

Programs that trigger scam pop-ups can be disguised under freeware installers

A non-stoppable pop-up urging to claim a prize have an important reason to occur. Such and similar scams are triggered by adware programs, which are infamous for stealthy installation strategies.

Bundling is probably the most frequently used malware distribution strategy, which is applied for many years and keeps answering its purpose. Although most PC users are aware of software bundles, they keep installing free programs by hitting the Next button and eventually download a handful of unwanted programs.

These unwanted programs eventually food Google Chrome with unwanted ads, cause continuous redirects, diminish web browser's performance and, in general, ruin people's web browser experience. The worst part of this story is that adware infections more often than not lead to more severe computer infection and that's why it's essential to control freeware installation.

For the web browsers' protection from scam pop-ups and other ads, experts recommend[4] selecting free programs and their download sources carefully. However, that's not enough. You should also perform the installation carefully and opt out of all attachments hidden under “Advanced” or “Custom” installation method.

“YouTube Reward Center” scam removal guide

There's the only way to disable fake “YouTube Reward Center” pop-up alerts – remove adware from the system. Do not fall for believing that you are the lucky one selected by Internet/Communication companies to win valuable prizes. At least not this time. That's an attempt to extort personal information out of you and then misuse it for various, currently unknown purposes.

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 YouTube Reward Center scam, follow these steps:

Uninstall YouTube Reward Center scam from Windows systems

”YouTube Reward Center” scam is associated with adware program. Thus, to disable the irritating scam message you have to check the list of apps carefully and eliminate those you are not familiar with.

  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 YouTube Reward Center scam and related programs
    Here, look for YouTube Reward Center 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'

Erase YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center scam removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete YouTube Reward Center scam 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, YouTube Reward Center scam should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center scam removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove YouTube Reward Center scam from Google Chrome

To get rid of “YouTube Reward Center” pop-up from Chrome, eliminate the adware as explained above and the reset web browser:

  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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center scam removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center 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 YouTube Reward Center scam 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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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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