Easy guide for USPS Rewards Scam removal
USPS Rewards Scam is designed with the purpose to trick people into believing that certain prize is waiting for them – they just require participating in some sort of survey and enter some of their personal data to claim the reward. This is a scam. Scammers use various channels to promote this scam. One of such is emails – they send spam emails pretending to be coming from USPS with a website link that opens scam page that leads to different scams. Although, the scam may be promoted on a deceptive website opened as a result of entering mistyped URLs, clicking on intrusive ads or when PUAs are installed.
Scammers claim that the recipients have to confirm for the delivery of the prize to their location by clicking on Click here continue the Delivery button. This button opens a fake USPS website asking users to pay $90 in an exchange for taking a survey. When the survey is completed, the deceptive website offers the users choose from the rewards. There is a CLAIM REWARD button associated with each offer, all of them end up users to deceptive websites where they are asked to enter their info like:
- Last names,
- ZIP code,
- Phone number and
- Email address.
The people may be asked for their personal information like credit card details, bank account numbers or to pay a processing transaction or another fee. In other word, the scammers may attempt to extract personal information or money from unsuspecting users. The users will receive no rewards even after this. The scenario is that – users fall for the scam and end up into sending their databases containing emails, text messages and so on. You should ignore these scams, close the website that show the deceptive message and uninstall the PUAs that open such pages during web session.
PUAs are designed to generate advertisements and collect personal data They display coupons, surveys, popup ads and other ads used to promote shady sites or distribute unwanted apps by causing unwanted downloads/ installations. These ads cause the shady downloads only when they are designed to run certain scripts. Examples of the data that the PUAs collected are IP addresses, Search queries, Viewed pages, URLs visited and etc. They might even target the sensitive data like passwords, credit card details and other sensitive data. Thus, it is strongly recommended not to have any such apps installed on the system and the browser.
How did USPS Rewards Scam virus infiltrate my systems?
It is common that potentially unwanted applications are distributed by including them in the downloaders/ installers of other programs. Users download and install these programs when they perform the download/ installation process without changing Custom/Advanced or other settings- they unknowingly agree to the inadvertent download/ installation of unwanted applications during the process. In some cases, unwanted downloads, installations are caused through intrusive ads – by clicking on ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
Text presented in USPS Rewards Scam email:
Subject: Your confirmation number is #521581
You are Customer #521581 of USPS Rewards and we have been waiting for your confirmation since . This delivery is for ********
To activate the delivery, please confirm here !
Click here to continue the Delivery
This message was delivered to : ********
* CONFIRM YOUR MEMBERSHIP *
Webpage showing USPS Rewards Scam has the following text:
Over $4,000,000 in Offers given out so far!
Complete this short 30-second survey about your shipping experience to select one of our exclusive reward offers (minimum value $90).
This offer is available for today only: April 15, 2021.
Take Survey Now
How to prevent PUAs installation?
Avoid p2p networks, free file hosting sites and third party downloaders/ installers that are often used to offer dubious and/or bundled content. Refer only official websites and direct links for any download. Also, pay attention during the download/ installation process- analyze each step using Custom/Advanced settings and manually opt out all additionally attached apps and decline all offers. Ads appear on any untrustworthy pages should never be clicked – as they often open the pages of same kinds or sometimes may cause unwanted downloads/ installations.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove USPS Rewards Scam:
Remove the related items of USPS Rewards Scam using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing USPS Rewards Scam issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (USPS Rewards Scam) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to USPS Rewards Scam removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to USPS Rewards Scam still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove USPS Rewards Scam plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in USPS Rewards Scam removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete USPS Rewards Scam (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.