If you’re reading this post, it means that you are seeing the win-now-prizes.com unknown web site and your browser began opening a large amount of pop-ups. All of these problems with your system caused by adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), which is often installs on the personal computer with the freeware. You probably want to know how to remove this adware as well as remove win-now-prizes.com pop-ups. In the guide below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The ‘ad supported’ software can change the settings of the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but often that a harmful software like this can also infect all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the web-browser to see win-now-prizes.com unwanted advertisements.
What is more, the ad-supported software may display ads depend on a web site that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this adware, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The adware may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
We suggest you to get rid of ad-supported software and clean your PC system from win-now-prizes.com pop-up ads as quickly as possible, until the presence of the ad-supported software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the steps below that will allow you to completely remove the redirect to win-now-prizes.com unwanted page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does your personal computer get infected with win-now-prizes.com ads
How to manually remove win-now-prizes.com redirect
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to delete the win-now-prizes.com pop-ups. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser or restart your machine.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of win-now-prizes.com ads from Google Chrome
- Remove win-now-prizes.com pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
- Get rid of win-now-prizes.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of win-now-prizes.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the PC system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and delete all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Uninstall the unwanted software may remove the annoying advertisements or browser redirect to unknown or annoying web sites.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll open a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date of installation in the Control panel.
Get rid of win-now-prizes.com ads from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been changed by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove win-now-prizes.com pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto win-now-prizes.com web-page.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown on the screen below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once it is finished, press the “Finish” button
Get rid of win-now-prizes.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
To get rid of the win-now-prizes.com pop-up ads you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the process is finished, press “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of win-now-prizes.com redirect
When the ad-supported software is started, it can also modify the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted ads.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad-supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your PC system, it will show win-now-prizes.com unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by malicious programs.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious programs. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of win-now-prizes.com with free malware remover
Remove win-now-prizes.com ads manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free application will help you to delete malware, internet browser hijacker and toolbars that your machine may be infected too.
- Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
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- Close all applications and windows on your PC system. Open the directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will open the installation of Malwarebytes. Next, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- When installation is done, click on the “Scan Now” button for scanning your system for the ad supported software which redirects your internet browser to the win-now-prizes.com annoying page. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- When it has finished scanning your PC system, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected”. When the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
These steps above are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Stop win-now-prizes.com pop-up ads and other annoying pages
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying ads and malicious web sites, you need to use application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the application can stop the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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Once downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is finished, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-up ads, pages such as win-now-prizes.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Get rid of win-now-prizes.com advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot get rid of the annoying win-now-prizes.com advertisements from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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When downloading is done, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and ‘ad supported’ software which displays ads from win-now-prizes.com web-page. Once the scan is complete, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to get rid of adware, browser hijackers and other malicious applications.
Once you have finished the few simple steps above, your machine should be clean from malware and adware. The Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FF and Edge will no longer open win-now-prizes.com unwanted pop-ups or redirect you to unwanted web-pages. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad-supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.