If while browsing the Web you are redirected to another webpage that displays “Amazon.com Membership Rewards.” it is likely that you have installed a potentially unwanted program (PUP) on the computer.
In particular, the “Amazon.com Membership Rewards” redirect is often seen because a user has installed adware on the computer without realizing it. This can happen if you installed a torrent file without recognizing what else was packaged inside, and by several other deceitful techniques that you may never have been aware of or given a chance to skip its installation. It’s one reason why you don’t want to download torrent files unless you know what you’re doing, or download files from sources online that you are not familiar with. Some torrent sites even so far as purposefully displaying adware as sponsored links because they aren’t websites that can get accepted into any trustworthy advertising programs available on the Web.
Potentially Unwanted Programs are programs that you may not want to have installed on your computer. Such a term is too kind for these Amazon.com Membership Rewards advertisements. When installing free programs, often the developers will have optional third-party installments shown before you download the tool you’re after. They do this because they make money from anyone who agrees to install the third-party software. But when it comes to reliable tools, they only ever decide to show legitimate programs and third-party software that you can install. They don’t allow adware to promote themselves and be packaged in with their software. Adware almost always comes from illegal downloads such as some movie torrent files that are being offered for free.
Often people have adware on their computers without even realizing it—they think they hate advertisements because they are seeing far more of them than they should be. When you visit a webpage, it displays advertisements to you and it chooses how many of them you see. When you’ve got adware on your computer though, you may start to see additional banner advertisements that are not being loaded by the websites that you visit—the adware is installed on your computer and continues to show you the same or similar ads each time you visit a different webpage. Often it takes a well-trained Web guru to be able to tell the difference, or the owner of the website you’re visiting to see your computers display and realize that something isn’t quite right.
The good news is that there are reliable programs out there that can cure your computer of the adware infection—once you’ve installed the adware remover program, it will clean your PC from all the adware that was displaying on your computer. Once the scan is complete and you restart the computer, you’ll be able to start using the PC again, healthy and free from any adware that was plaguing your machine.
How to Remove “Amazon.com Membership Rewards” Pop-up Scam
1. Head to the official AdwCleaner webpage from Malwarebytes and click on the “Free Download” link toward the bottom of the page.
2. If your browser gives you a notification that says “This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the adwcleaner_x.exe anyway, click on the “Keep” button.
3. Click to open the AdwCleaner file once it has finished downloading.
4. If User Account Control prompts you, click on the “Yes” button.
5. Click on the “I Agree” button when you get to the welcoming and license agreement screen.
Click on the “Scan Now” button to scan your computer of adware and potentially unwanted programs.
The AdwCleaner tool will now quickly scan your computer and find the threats.
Click on the “Clean & Repair” button from the Scan results page to clean the computer.
You can choose to “Clean and Restart Later” or Clean and Restart Now” depending on what suits your needs. Any unsaved work will be lost if you proceed to shut down now, but you’ll want to shut it down before expecting your computer to be ridded from the adware.
After a few minutes, the AdwCleaner interface will automatically open itself up on your computer’s display once again and show you the results.
Any adware that was detected will now be held in the “Quarantine” section of the AdwCleaner program. You can if you prefer still uninstall the AdwCleaner from your computer after you’re finished your scans and still expect to browse the Web without seeing the adware that you were before.