Update your browser - Jan 2021 update

Update your browser Removal Guide

What is Update your browser?

“Update your browser” – a scam that attempts to convince users to install useless software

Update your browser scam

“Update your browser” is a fake message that prompts users to update their browsers, regardless of which one is used – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or MS Edge. The notification can be encountered on dozen of malicious websites, specifically crafted by cybercriminals to scam users into installing potentially dangerous software, such as adware or another type of malware.

If you have been seeing a warning saying “Update your browser” or “Errors found on this webpage! Update browser”, you should be careful, as you might end up infecting your computer with malicious software or disclosing your personal information to crooks.

Name “Update your browser”
Alternative name “Errors found on this webpage! Update browser”
Type Online scam, hoax, phishing
Distribution The fake message is placed on various malicious websites that users might reach accidentally or after being redirected by the installed adware app
Dangers Malware installation, personal data disclosure to cybercriminals
Removal You should be safe as long as you don't download anything suggested and do not enter any personal details. To be safe, you can scan your device with security software or look for adware manually as per the instructions below
System fix Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with FortectIntego repair software

As already mentioned, the “Update your browser” pop-up might appear on various malicious sites. In most cases, users reach them after clicking on a malicious link somewhere.

Alternatively, they might be redirected to such malicious sites due to adware infection – a type of a potentially unwanted program that focuses on the display of pop-ups, ads, redirects, and other intrusive commercial content, which sometimes might be dangerous.

Once visitors land on the page, they receive the following scam pop-up:

Update your browser

This page does not support your version of browser
Please update your software

Browser update

Remember that legitimate warnings offering people to update their web browser show up as soon as they enter their computers, not when they start browsing. Of course, it might be that you will see such a warning when browsing on the web, but instead of clicking it, you should go to the official website of the program and see what it offers to you.

Besides, if you have seen the “Errors found on this webpage! Update browser” alert for a while, you should be concerned because it is mostly caused by adware-type programs. Such programs can easily infiltrate computers without being noticed because they are usually spread via deceptive methods, such as:

  • Software bundling;
  • Fake update prompts;
  • Deceptive ads.

For more information about methods that can be used for avoiding adware, you should check the next paragraph. Also, make sure you remove Update browser virus from your computer. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware because you can never know what suspicious program is causing these fake ads on your computer.

Additionally, if you installed something that was promoted via the scam message, you should also employ FortectIntego after “Errors found on this webpage! Update browser” removal from your computer to ensure that it does not crash, deliver errors or BSODs due to system damage.

Online scams are mostly delivered by adware: take steps to avoid it

If you want to avoid adware, browser hijackers, and other questionable programs that can easily initiate such suspicious and annoying activities on your computer, you should remember some tips. The most important of them is that you must double-check every program before its installation.

You should monitor its installation because there are lots of freeware that may lead you to Update your browser adware or Errors found on this webpage! Update browser virus. In order to avoid them, you should read Privacy Policy, End User's License Agreement, and similar information before installation of the freeware.

Additionally, we highly recommend selecting the Custom or Advanced installation method and then uncheck all questionable check marks. If they are offering you to install “valuable” browser add-ons, extensions, or plugins, you should uncheck them.

Otherwise, you may start seeing such and similar ads:

Errors found on this webpage! Please update browser

Download updates now.

If you have already been tricked into clicking the update button, you should check your computer with the reputable anti-spyware because it might be that you have been tricked into downloading the adware-type application, such as:

  • New Player,
  • HostSecurePlugin,
  • CloudScout
  • Parental Control,
  • Savefier,
  • Storm Watch,
  • Media Video Players, etc.

Please, get rid of these apps using a guide below or with the help of updated anti-spyware.

Deal with Update your browser virus correctly

Many users might be tricked by social engineering techniques that are used in pop-ups on various websites. This is because malicious actors often use familiar formatting, known names, and other attributes to make the scam more believable. In this case, “Errors found on this webpage! Update browser” uses a simple technique – it tells visitors that they need to update their browsers. Otherwise, they allegedly won't be able to view the page.

However, you should simply remove “Update browser” scam by closing the browser tab. You should always download software and its updates from official websites only to avoid being scammed by cybercriminals.

If you have downloaded something, you should definitely scan your device with anti-malware software. When suffering from persistent redirects and ads, you should check for adware as described below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of Update your browser. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Update your browser registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


Lost your files? Use data recovery software

While some files located on any computer are replaceable or useless, others can be extremely valuable. Family photos, work documents, school projects – these are types of files that we don't want to lose. Unfortunately, there are many ways how unexpected data loss can occur: power cuts, Blue Screen of Death errors, hardware failures, crypto-malware attack, or even accidental deletion.

To ensure that all the files remain intact, you should prepare regular data backups. You can choose cloud-based or physical copies you could restore from later in case of a disaster. If your backups were lost as well or you never bothered to prepare any, Data Recovery Pro can be your only hope to retrieve your invaluable files.

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