The “SPIN & WIN” page appeared on your PC system without any notice? After that, you are faced with the fact that your internet browser is now redirected to other intrusive web pages and filled with a variety of pop up advertisements and banners. The cause of all your problems with your computer is ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that has been installed on many PCs around the world without users permission, so you are one of many. Most probably, you do not even know how and where this adware has got into your personal computer. In the few simple steps below, we will explain all the general features of adware and its typical behavior on the computer, as well as effective ways of removing “SPIN & WIN” advertisements from your web browser.
The full text of the misleading advertising is:
SPIN & WIN Congratulations! You're today's lucky visitor! Every Monday we randomly select 5 lucky mobile users from ... to receive an exclusive deal from our sponsors. Spin the wheel to find out what prize you could win!
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of popup advertisements. It may download and install on to your computer other harmful and undesired programs without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web-pages. Moreover, the adware can install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it will modify your internet browser setting like homepage, newtab and search engine with an unwanted page.
Most often, the ad-supported software affects the most common internet browsers like the Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. But such the harmful software as well may hijack another web browsers by modifying its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the web browser, it will redirect to the undesired “SPIN & WIN” web-page. Even if you setup a new startpage, an annoying web page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
To find out how to remove “SPIN & WIN” pop-up ads, we recommend to read the steps added to this article below. The guide was created by experienced security experts who discovered a solution to get rid of the annoying adware out of the system.
Remove “SPIN & WIN” pop ups
There are several steps to removing the adware responsible for redirects to “SPIN & WIN”, because it installs itself so deeply into MS Windows. You need to remove all suspicious and unknown apps, then remove malicious plugins from the Chrome, Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox and other web-browsers you’ve installed. Finally, you need to reset your web browser settings to remove any changes the ‘ad supported’ software has made, and then check your PC system with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or HitmanPro to ensure the ad supported software is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove “SPIN & WIN”, perform the steps below:
- Manual “SPIN & WIN” redirect removal
- Uninstall potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
- Remove “SPIN & WIN” popups from IE
- Get rid of “SPIN & WIN” pop ups from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove “SPIN & WIN” redirect from Chrome
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts to remove “SPIN & WIN” redirect
- Run free malware removal utilities to completely delete “SPIN & WIN” redirect
- Block “SPIN & WIN” pop up ads and other annoying web-sites
- How did “SPIN & WIN” pop-up ads get on your PC
- Finish words
Manual “SPIN & WIN” redirect removal
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to delete the “SPIN & WIN” advertisements from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and FF browsers.
Uninstall potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
First, go to MS Windows Control Panel and delete suspicious software, all applications you don’t remember installing. It’s important to pay the most attention to software you installed just before “SPIN & WIN” pop-up advertisements appeared on your internet browser. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your system. Most probably, one of them is the ad-supported software that responsible for the appearance of “SPIN & WIN” redirect. If you have many apps installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a questionable, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ like below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely, it’s the adware that responsible for web-browser reroute to the annoying “SPIN & WIN” web site. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to remove is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Remove “SPIN & WIN” popups from IE
The IE reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by an malware.
First, run the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button like below.
When the task is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s start page, default search engine and newtab page to default state.
Get rid of “SPIN & WIN” pop ups from Mozilla Firefox
If your Mozilla Firefox browser is rerouted to “SPIN & WIN” without your permission or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
First, open the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press 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 shown in the following example.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove “SPIN & WIN” redirect from Chrome
Run the Reset web browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings such as new tab, home page and search engine to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of browser redirects to unwanted ad web pages like “SPIN & WIN”.
First start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another method to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt as displayed in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The internet browser will run the task of cleaning. After it is finished, the web browser’s settings including search provider by default, homepage and new tab back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Delete 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 run your computer, it will open “SPIN & WIN” intrusive page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will show a prompt which called 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”, as displayed on the image 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 adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts to remove “SPIN & WIN” redirect
Unfortunately, the adware responsible for “SPIN & WIN” pop-up advertisements, can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web browsers shortcut files), so that the “SPIN & WIN” ad webpage will be opened when you start the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge or another browser.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut file which you use to start your browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser that is re-directed to the “SPIN & WIN” or other unwanted web site.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The adware that causes unwanted “SPIN & WIN” pop-up ads can modify the contents of this field, which describes the file to be run when you start your web browser. Depending on the web-browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar to “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, like below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you start the web browser from this desktop shortcut file, it does not occur automatically reroute on the “SPIN & WIN” web site or any other unwanted web-pages. Once the step is complete, we recommend to go to the next step.
Run free malware removal utilities to completely delete “SPIN & WIN” redirect
Many antivirus companies have designed applications that help detect adware and thereby delete “SPIN & WIN” from the IE, Chrome, FF and Edge web-browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your computer can have tons of potentially unwanted applications, ad-supported software and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or malicious application returns after restarting the PC, then run your computer into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware tool once again.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of “SPIN & WIN” pop ups
We suggest you to use the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your computer of ad supported software that responsible for browser redirect to the intrusive “SPIN & WIN” web site. Moreover, the tool will allow you to remove PUPs, malware, toolbars and hijackers that your computer can be infected too.
Now you can install and use Zemana AntiMalware to delete “SPIN & WIN” pop up ads from your browser by following the steps below:
Visit the page linked below to download Zemana install package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Launch the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your computer.
During install you can change certain settings, but we recommend you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana tool will start scanning the whole PC system to find out adware that developed to redirect your internet browser to various ad websites such as “SPIN & WIN”. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana AntiMalware is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once the scan get completed, a list of all threats found is prepared. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove adware that cause annoying “SPIN & WIN” popups to appear. When finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
Delete “SPIN & WIN” pop up ads from web browsers with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a portable utility that identifies and removes unwanted applications like browser hijacker infections, adware, toolbars, other internet browser add-ons and other malicious software. It scans your personal computer for adware which redirects your web browser to unwanted “SPIN & WIN” website and creates a list of items marked for removal. Hitman Pro will only erase those unwanted software that you wish to be removed.
- Visit the page linked below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- When downloading is done, run the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, press the “Next” for scanning your computer for the ad supported software which causes undesired “SPIN & WIN” pop up ads. When a malware, ad-supported software or potentially unwanted apps are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once the checking is complete, Hitman Pro will open a list of all threats detected by the scan. Next, you need to click “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to get rid of all malicious software found.
How to automatically remove “SPIN & WIN” with Malwarebytes
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system of the adware. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It’s able to help you remove annoying “SPIN & WIN” redirect from your browsers, PUPs, malware, hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
- Please go to the link below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download is done, please close all programs and open windows on your PC system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware will start and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC system for the ad supported software that cause annoying “SPIN & WIN” ads to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your PC system. During the scan MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will detect threats present on your system.
- Once the scan get finished, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will produce a list of unwanted and ad supported software.
- Next, you need to click the “Quarantine Selected” button. After the cleaning process is done, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Block “SPIN & WIN” pop up ads and other annoying web-sites
In order to increase your security and protect your system against new annoying advertisements and harmful websites, you need to run ad blocking application that blocks an access to malicious advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the program may block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When the downloading process is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, “SPIN & WIN” redirect, as well as other malicious 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 icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How did “SPIN & WIN” pop-up ads get on your PC
Now your computer should be clean of the ‘ad supported’ software that responsible for internet browser redirect to the annoying “SPIN & WIN” webpage. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your PC for new ad supported softwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you stop annoying popup advertisements and harmful web sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to search for potentially unwanted software.
If you need more help with “SPIN & WIN” pop up advertisements related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.