1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam Removal (May 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove 1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the passages below we will be generally discussing the programs known as browser hijackers, as well as their representative 1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam. Nonetheless, don’t overreact before you have read the text below as, basically, this sort of software is harmless and may only annoy you by modifying your browsers. Immediately after any browser hijacker has infected your device, your Chrome/ Firefox/ Explorer and all other browser applications might set new homepages and search engines; and/ or may possibly conduct some redirecting to different unfamiliar web pages. Furthermore, such programs could begin to display plenty of online advertisements (such as banners, boxes and pop-ups). You will also read more about the possible effects of this rather bothering software category in the coming paragraphs.

What you really should know regarding browser hijackers:

To begin with, no browser hijacker has ever been identified as a malicious kind of software. All of these programs actually lack any really harmful effects. However, this statement needs some more precise proof to back it up, and thus – we are going to explain to you the differences between 1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam, as an illustration, and any real virus, like a Trojan, or Ransomware version to make it really clear why hijackers do not represent real malware. To start with, the manner in which viruses typically get installed on your machine differs greatly from the way hijackers may do that:

  • How can hijackers be distributed? Usually, this may occur as a result of the process of improperly installing any program bundle. These bundles are actually software sets, full of free software that are available on the Internet. Make sure to keep in mind that even if you do download such free software sets, the possible browser hijacker inside them still needs your (informed or uninformed) permission to get installed on your device. This is the basic reason why some programmers might try to deceive you into letting the whole content of the bundle get inside of your PC. This may take place by installing the entire bundle via using the incorrect installation mode. Usually – the Default or the Recommended options install the whole bundle. Actually, you may still install and try whatever you want from any free bundle and at the same time, minimize the risk of catching a hijacker. All you need to do is install it in the proper way. The “beneficial” feature you have to select in this case is called Advanced (or Customized/ or Manual).

1000 Amazon Gift Card Scam Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove 1000 Amazon Gift Card from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove 1000 Amazon Gift Card from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 1000 Amazon Gift Card from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
  • How are Trojans and Ransomware spread around the web? These well-known malicious programs can attack your device without your knowledge or consent. Really, they don’t need even uninformed approval; they are able to automatically infiltrate your PC on their own.

Another considerable difference comes from the manners in which viruses and hijackers affect the contaminated devices:

  • What should we expect from a browser hijacker such as 1000 Amazon Gift Card? Apart from the characteristic features of any hijacker that we have already talked about above, 1000 Amazon Gift Card may in addition slow down your machine by broadcasting too many pop-ups; or by authorizing some very intense page redirects. Nevertheless, these are definitely the most suspicious or irritating ways any hijacker could ever act in. Nothing really dangerous might ever result from the effects of a relatively harmless program like 1000 Amazon Gift Card.
  • What can we expect to result from any Trojan or Ransomware? Completely the opposite, Trojans and Ransomware are able to harm your PC and you individually. Firstly, the infection with such malicious software represents the most widely-known malware infection on a global scale. Such kinds of malware can and tend to rob you of some personal data (banking or account details) if we are talking about a kind of Trojan. Additionally, if the virus you have caught is Ransomware, you should expect data encryption and some quite frightening demands for the payment of a ransom.

Could we say that hijackers in general and particularly 1000 Amazon Gift Card represent legitimate software?

Despite being seen as potentially unwanted, 1000 Amazon Gift Card and the programs from its category are in fact legal and have been designed for the needs of the marketing industry. However, you may still want to have this browser hijacker removed from your PC. And there is an effective way of dealing with it, too. Below we have included it in our specialized Removal Guide. Give it a try!

SUMMARY:

Name 1000 Amazon Gift Card
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying changes of the installed browsers – such as ad production and redirection.
Distribution Method Via the process known as bundling, as well as via various forms of ads/ spam/ torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!