Google Prize scam

September 14, 2018

What is Google

Google Prize scam is a fraudulent notification offering to win non-existent prizes.

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. 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.

Google Prize scam

According to the analysis, cybercriminals have developed sophisticated adware 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.

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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.

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 completely. Use for this purpose.

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How does Google works

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.

How to delete Google

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 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.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Google. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Google Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Google or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Google Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Google or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Google Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Google or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Google.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Google Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Google or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Google is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Google program.
  7. Select Google or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Google

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Google

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Google, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Google in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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