Every time, when you browse the Internet with your web browser the $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you pop-up keeps annoying you? This might be a sign that your system has become a victim of the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). The ‘ad supported’ software can end up on your PC system in various methods. Most commonly is when you download and install free software and forget to uncheck the box for the additional software installation. Do not panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a guidance on how to delete intrusive “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up scam from the Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and MS Edge and other web-browsers.
The full text of the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” misleading advertising is:
Congratulations! (1) $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you! Step 1: Click the "CONTINUE" button to claim your prize. Step 2: Enter the correct information on the next page to claim your prize. Important: Hurry, limited quantities only. You only have 0 minutes 0 seconds to claim your prize! 2 remaining! $1000 Amazon Gift Card
While your system is affected by the adware, the Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Google Chrome and FF may be re-directed to “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” intrusive page. Of course, the ad supported software may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may open a large amount of undesired advertisements. These ads will be injected within the content of web sites that are you opening in your internet browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all pages, including sites where previously you have never seen any advertising links.
Most often, the adware affects the most common internet browsers like the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Edge and Firefox. But such the harmful software as well may infect another internet browsers by modifying its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a internet browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the internet browser, it will reroute to the intrusive “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” web page. Even if you setup a new startpage, an unwanted site will be the first thing you see when you open the Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the steps below ASAP. The step-by-step instructions will allow you to remove adware as well as clean your computer from the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop up ads. What is more, the guide below will allow you delete other malicious applications such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, that can be installed onto computer along with the adware.
Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up scam (removal tutorial)
The following guidance will help you to get rid of “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up ads from the Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome and MS Edge. Moreover, the step by step guidance below will allow you to remove malware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars that your personal computer may be infected. Please do the instructions step by step. If you need help or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your PC.
To remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you”, complete the steps below:
- Manual “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” advertisements removal
- Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
- Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Delete “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” from Firefox by resetting browser settings
- Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop up advertisements from Google Chrome
- Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to automatically get rid of “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” redirect
- Run AdBlocker to block “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” and stay safe online
- Where the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-ups comes from
- To sum up
Manual “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” advertisements removal
Most common ‘ad supported’ software may be uninstalled without any antivirus software. The manual adware removal is step by step guide that will teach you how to delete the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” redirect.
Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
Some PUPs, browser hijacking applications and adware can be uninstalled by uninstalling the free programs they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the following example.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your PC system. Most likely, one of them is the adware which redirects your web-browser to intrusive “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” web-site. If you’ve many applications installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ like below.
You will see a list of software installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most probably, it’s the adware that made to reroute your internet browser to various ad web pages such as “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you”. If you are in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the application which you need to delete is found, simply press on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up advertisements from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by adware which cause intrusive “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popup advertisements to appear.
First, open the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of ad supported software that responsible for browser redirect to the intrusive “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” page, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like new tab, default search provider and startpage to default state.
Delete “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as homepage, new tab and default search provider have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, launch the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the figure below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop up advertisements from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to get rid of the browser hijackers, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s default search provider, newtab page and startpage that have been changed by ad-supported software which causes annoying “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popups.
- First, run the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed addons. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
Important to know, most anti-malware programs that are able to remove ad-supported software responsible for redirecting your browser to “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” page, but unable to search for and recover changed shortcut files. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcut files for your Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Edge web browsers manually.
Right click on the shortcut file of affected web-browser as displayed below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will display the shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown in the figure below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers which are re-directed to the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” undesired page.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your computer, it will display “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” intrusive web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a dialog box which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press 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, click 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 get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the unwanted apps, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by unwanted applications. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically get rid of “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” redirect
It’s not enough to remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop up advertisements from your web-browser by completing the manual steps above to solve all problems. Some the adware related files may remain on your PC system and they will recover the ad supported software even after you delete it. For that reason we suggest to use free antimalware tool like Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) and HitmanPro. Either of those programs should has the ability to search for and get rid of ad supported software which redirects your web-browser to unwanted “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” web site.
Automatically remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility which can delete ad supported software, PUPs, browser hijackers and other malware from your machine easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of PC resources.
- Click the link below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware for MS Windows. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will show the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After downloading is done, please close all apps and open windows on your PC. Next, start a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana onto your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana AntiMalware will open and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the adware which causes unwanted “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popup ads. During the scan Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will search for threats present on your PC system.
- After Zemana has completed scanning, Zemana will produce a list of undesired and ‘ad supported’ software.
- Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Next” button. The tool will delete adware responsible for redirects to “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” and add threats to the Quarantine. When that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
- Close the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) and continue with the next step.
Scan and free your computer of adware with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a free portable application that scans your personal computer for adware that causes lots of unwanted “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up advertisements, PUPs and hijackers and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you get rid of any harmful internet browser extensions and add-ons.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of HitmanPro for Microsoft Windows. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
When the downloading process is complete, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the Hitman Pro desktop icon. When the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, click “Next” button . Hitman Pro program will scan through the whole computer for the adware that causes lots of undesired “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popup ads. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your PC system. When the scanning is finished, HitmanPro will open a list of all threats detected by the scan as displayed on the image below.
When you’re ready, click “Next” button. It will display a dialog box, press the “Activate free license” button.
Scan and free your machine of ad supported software with Malwarebytes
Remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popups manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the free application will allow you to remove malware, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and hijackers that your machine may be infected too.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) for Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the downloading process is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes AntiMalware will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, press the “Scan Now” button to find out ad supported software that designed to reroute your internet browser to various ad pages like “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you”. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC. During the scan MalwareBytes will find threats exist on your machine. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal tool, we recommend you to read and follow the few simple steps or the video guide below.
Run AdBlocker to block “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” and stay safe online
Run an ad-blocking tool such as AdGuard will protect you from malicious ads and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam web sites. Additionally, ad-blocker programs will help you to avoid unwanted pop-up advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- Once downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is done, press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 launch your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop up advertisements, web-sites such as “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you”, as well as other harmful or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
Where the “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-ups comes from
The adware that responsible for the appearance of “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” advertisements, can be defined as PUP (potentially unwanted program) which usually comes on the personal computer with other free programs. In many cases, this unwanted application comes without the user’s knowledge. Therefore, many users aren’t even aware that their computer has been infected with malware. Please follow the easy rules in order to protect your personal computer from any unwanted programs: do not install any suspicious software, read the user agreement and select only the Custom, Manual or Advanced setup type, don’t rush to click the Next button. Also, always try to find a review of the program on the Internet. Be careful and attentive! If “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop up ads has already come into your personal computer, then you need to scan your computer for adware and other malware. Use our detailed instructions that are listed above.
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the ‘ad supported’ software that causes web-browsers to open undesired “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” popups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop up ads and intrusive malicious web pages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware, hijacker infections and ad supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijacker infections, malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-ups from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.