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Remove Google Membership Rewards Scam (July 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove the Google Membership Rewards Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

What is the Google Membership Rewards Scam?

Google Membership Rewards

The Google Membership Rewards Scam will display a message that will trick you, that you have a chance of winning a reward.

Banners and pop-ups harass you anywhere you go on the Internet all the time’ If that is your current struggle, Google Membership Rewards is likely to be blamed. The simple reason why you are observing this is as a result of the invasive program that has been installed in your machine, and in particular, in your browser. Programs which trigger such complaints are frequently referred to as browser hijackers. In this post, you’ll will learn what the easiest and most effective way to deal with hijackers is as well as what you must know about them so as to keep your system secure.

Ways to prevent a future hijacker installation

How did exactly Google Membership Rewards land on your computer’ Well, there are surely quite a few techniques for distributing Google Membership Rewards as well as other similar applications like Congratulations You Won or www1.ecleneue.com. The mandatory spam e-mails are probably among the most frequently employed techniques for browser hijacker distribution. One more possible technique is by means of torrent websites. Misleading hidden url links across questionable internet sites could also bring you a browser hijacker. Most frequently, though, Google Membership Rewards reaches users’ machines as part of a program bundle. If this method is being used, the undesirable browser hijacker is integrated within some other free or cheap application. Regularly companies employ browser hijacker bundles to promote their more valuable software, while obtaining a little extra money during this process. Do not forget that, most of the time, the bundle only installs the extra software component provided that the user is careless and doesn’t check through the options of the installer. The browser hijacker could only get installed on your Machine in the event you give it your permission to do so. Some people unknowingly do this by installing the application they need from the bundle in the Default way. Due to this fact, they just do not have a clear understanding of what they are getting on their systems. Truly, the only wise installation option is the Advanced/Custom one in every software installer. It gives you information about what added software there may be in the bundle and you can always leave behind everything that you may not need or want.

We should also point to a a few simple guidelines any user could follow so as to keep their Computer protected. They may not look like much, but are often more than enough. For example – your pc certainly deserves the best-possible-quality anti-malware program. Don’t spare funds, it’s always far better in the long run to invest a little bit more into your machine’s protection. Keeping your Windows OS updated is also essential. Same goes for your Firewall and pop-up blocker. As with the rest of your programs – provided that you have them, keep them regularly updated or they won’t be as effective and may also have exploitable weaknesses. One more essential piece of advice is to stay away from any questionable and/or illegal sites because these may not only get you a browser hijacker but may also land you some way more dangerous software (Ransomware is one instance of that). In case you’re currently among the many victims of Google Membership Rewards, you can scroll down and take a look at our browser hijacker uninstallation and removal manual.

SUMMARY:

Name Google Membership Rewards
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The symptoms usually associated with hijackers are invasive browser ads and unwanted browser changes.
Distribution Method The most popular method of spreading hijackers is the software bundling.
Detection Tool

Google Membership Rewards Scam Removal

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


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 Google Membership Rewards 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 Google Membership Rewards from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Google Membership Rewards 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!


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