Amazon Rewards Event Popup Ad Scam Removal (September 2018 Update)


This page aims to help you remove Amazon Rewards Event Popup Ad. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Many of us have computers and surf the web every day, and programs such as Amazon Rewards Event Pop-up Ad can completely spoil the pleasure of it. If this ad-supported program has managed to slip into the system, it doesn’t take long for the user to notice the negative effects, caused by it. Amazon Rewards Event is a typical browser hijacker. The usual complaints from this type of software refer to unauthorized changes to the browser’s homepage or search engine, unexpected search redirects, generation of various intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners as well as unresponsiveness and a slowdown in the system performance. Different commercial messages may start to show up continuously and cover the computer screen by interfering with the user’s activities. Some of these messages may not only be intrusive but also may be posing a threat to the computer system. We will tell you more about that in the next lines. As of now, if this hijacker and its activities have started to worry you, forget about everything else and consider uninstalling it from your system. At the end of the page, there is a detailed removal guide on that, and we suggest you use it in order to safely remove all the related ad-generating components form your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser that might have been affected.

What risks may Amazon Rewards Event pose to your system?

Browser hijackers such as Amazon Rewards Event are not typical viruses because they do not share the harmful abilities of infections like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other types of malware. In fact, these programs are not even viruses. They do not contain malicious scripts and generally cannot corrupt your system, nor do they aim for it. In fact, their only purpose is to advertise and generate traffic and clicks to certain sponsored links. However, security experts would advise you to avoid interaction with programs like Amazon Rewards Event, clicking on their pop-up ads or participating in the surveys they submit. The reason is you may be redirected to visit web pages filled with aggressive commercials, suspicious software or, at worst, some sort of malicious content. Unfortunately, nowadays it is not uncommon for the criminal hackers to camouflage and insert viruses in various types of online content, including legitimate-looking ads, web pages or links.

Amazon Rewards Event Popup Ad 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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 Amazon Rewards Event 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 Amazon Rewards Event from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Amazon Rewards Event 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

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

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!

And the more you are exposed to such content, the greater the chance of catching a nasty infection such as Ransomware or a tricky Trojan without even realizing it. That’s why, the best way to minimize the chance for such unpleasant scenario is to avoid ads that offer you unrealistic bids, or randomly displayed messages, which may often be generated by a browser hijacker like this. These deals may be real in most of the cases, but sometimes, they may be just bait for users to click on them. In the case with Amazon Rewards Event, for instance, clicking on such an ad could often cause a redirect to an unknown domain, so be careful! 

How to remove Amazon Rewards Event?

The most reliable way to block the redirects and remove the intrusive commercials is to uninstall the browser hijacker. Unfortunately, Internet users complain that this is a terribly difficult task because they cannot find a program uninstaller. Typically, these programs try to stay in the system for as long as possible, and if you are a more inexperienced computer user, you may not be able to detect and remove Amazon Rewards Event without a proper removal guide. That’s why, for your convenience, below you will find a detailed description of the exact removal steps, neatly organized in a removal guide. Be very careful if you choose to manually eliminate the browser hijacker, though, because you may accidentally delete some important applications or files of your system if you don’t follow the steps carefully.

Alternatively, if you are not really confident to handle the removal guide, our team advises you to use the professional removal tool to uninstall this software because of it’s much safer and easier to use. You only have to install it and scan your PC and the program will automatically detect and delete all the related browser hijacker’s scripts from your system.

How to avoid installing such invasive browser hijackers in the future?

The browser hijacker programs are promoted mostly through other free software. Therefore, if Amazon Rewards Event appeared on your computer, you probably were prompted to install a software package or the so-called “bundle”, which may often contain some free and attractive tools, applications and software that may promise you certain free functionality. How to protect yourself from the potentially unwanted installations in the bundle? It is very easy. You just have to spend a little more time installing the free software and watch it carefully. It is advisable to select Advanced / User installation settings; they’re going to reveal all of the additional components that are grouped with the program you choose. You just have to view them and uncheck the ones you don’t want and then proceed to the remaining steps of the installation as normal.

SUMMARY:

Name Amazon Rewards Event
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser may become unresponsive and may start to redirect you to various commercials
Distribution Method Spam messages, software bundles, free download links, automatic installers, email attachments, ads. 
Detection Tool

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.


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