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Remove $1000 VISA Gift Card Scam (Jan. 2019 Update)

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

Of all the annoying, nagging, irritating and obstructive forms of software you could unwillingly get on your computer, the browser hijackers seem to be some of the most frustrating and also some of the most widespread ones. A browser hijacker is an application that looks and for the most part operates similarly to an extension for popular browsing programs – ones like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and more. However, if your regular free browsing add-on may or may not have some ad-generation functionality to help its developers financially support themselves, with hijackers, the advertising materials that get put on your screen are ramped up to eleven! Constant intrusive page-redirects, randomly generated advertising messages, discount offers, suggested downloads and so on and so forth is likely to get shown on your screen if a hijacker’s on your computer. And, on top of that, the homepage, the search engine, the toolbar buttons as well as other elements of your browser may get altered to further increase the effectiveness of the advertising activity that the hijacker app is supposed to conduct. Some users, understandably, may actually think that their computer has gotten attacked by a malicious Ransomware cryptovirus or Trojan Horse infection since the intrusive activities launched by browser hijacker apps may indeed at times be really overwhelming and quite disturbing. The good news is that this is probably not the case if any of the aforementioned symptoms are currently occurring on your computer. Hijackers are not typically intended to cause damage or to be used in cyber-criminal agendas. For example, the $1000 VISA Gift Card Scam hijacker, despite being a really irritating newly released piece of software, is not really an innately harmful app. However, in case you are one of the many user who have recently had it installed on their machines, you likely want to remove it, in which case we would suggest that you take a look at the uninstallation guide down below.

Remove $1000 VISA Gift Card Scam

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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).

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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. 


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. 


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


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:


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


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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove $1000 VISA 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 VISA 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 VISA 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.


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

The potential dangers of browser hijackers

As we previously pointed out, apps such as $1000 VISA Gift Card are different from Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other similar cyber threats in the sense that their purpose and abilities are not aimed at messing with your computer system and with the data that’s in your machine’s HDD or at causing some other issues concerning your virtual security and safety. Despite that, however, we strongly advise you to get rid of $1000 VISA Gift Card if it is presently on your computer as this will help you protect your computer from potential future dangers and hazards. What we mean by that is the increased number of advertisements, page-redirect, banners, pop-up requests and so on would invariably increase the chances of you landing on some sketchy web location with questionable contents. Since this is something you certainly would not like to happen, it is better if you uninstall $1000 VISA Gift Card using the guide from this article and/or the automatic removal tool we have provided on this page. Also, remember to stay away from danger on the Internet in the future – browser hijackers are mere annoyances in comparison to some of the worst malicious programs that you could reluctantly find online.


Name $1000 VISA Gift Card
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most sure sign you have a hijacker if there have been any changes to your browser that you did not approve.
Distribution Method Software bundling and distribution through misleading ads and online prompts are the most typical distribution techniques.
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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!

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