Chrome Update Center POP-UP Virus

Also Known As: "Chrome Update Center" pop-up
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

"Chrome Update Center" removal instructions

What is "Chrome Update Center"?

"Chrome Update Center" is a fake error message displayed on a deceptive website, it is also known as "Firefox Update Center" and "Internet Explorer Update Center". Its main purpose is to trick people into downloading and installing a Trojan downloader that can cause high-risk computer infections. As a rule, people arrive at this or other deceptive/untrustworthy websites because of potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that they have installed on their computer or web browsers. Apps of this type usually deliver various online ads and collect various information as well.

Chrome Update Center scam

According to a website that displays this "Chrome Update Center" fake error notification, a critical error occurred because a web browser is outdated. Visitors are urged to update their web browsers by clicking the "Update" button as soon as possible. This fake warning suggests that if a browser will not be updated, other problems such as personal data/information loss or other browser errors might occur. If clicked, that button triggers download of a JavaScript (.js) file that, once executed, downloads and install a Trojan downloader - a program that is designed to download trojan-type programs. Trojans usually are designed to cause chain infections - once installed, they spread other infections (other Trojans) or ransomware-type programs like Crypted000007. Having such programs installed usually results in serious problems related to data and financial loss, identity theft, privacy and so on. This fake error message should not be trusted and websites of this type should be closed the moment they are opened. If it cannot be closed in a normal way (by closing a browser tab or window), then another way to close it is using a Task Manager and ending a running browser's process from there.

Apps (PUAs) that cause redirects to deceptive, malicious websites like this one also feed their users with intrusive ads: coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on. Because of their placement, these ads can be really annoying - they are displayed through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content. In other words, they cover contents of visited websites. Besides, when clicked, they often open untrustworthy websites or run scripts that download/install even more PUAs. Another important thing to know about apps of this type is that they often collect various browsing-related information. Typically, they gather data such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations and so on. However, quite often these unwanted apps record personal details as well. Anyway, their developers share all the recorded information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Apps of this type can cause a lot or problems (related to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft), that is why they should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

There are many fake notifications (about errors, viruses and so on), some examples that are similar to "Chrome Update Center" are HoeflerText Font Was Not Found, Microsoft Azure and Windows Product Key Expired. All of them are displayed on deceptive, unreliable websites but not all of them designed to infect computers with various infections. Quite often these websites are used to trick people into paying money for some unnecessary software or services. Most PUAs also are very similar: they are promoted as useful and legitimate, however, in reality they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. Their actions often cause their users various problems and they do not include providing any real value for a user.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Sometimes (but not so often) unwanted apps of this type are promoted (distributed) using various (supposedly official) websites. Nevertheless, as we mentioned above, most people install these apps unwillingly/unintentionally. It happens when some unreliable/deceptive ads are clicked or due to careless downloads and installations. Typically, to trick people into downloads/installations of unwanted apps developers use a so called "bundling" method. Simply said, bundling is placing (hiding) unwanted apps in software download or installation set-ups. They put these apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts, in other words, information about unwanted apps being included/bundled in set-ups is not disclosed properly. However, this method works only if people install or download software without checking any of the mentioned settings and leaving them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We suggest to download software using only official websites and direct links. Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and so on), third party downloaders, unofficial, suspicious websites and other channels should be avoided/should not be used. We recommend to handle software installations (or downloads) with patience. Each installation dialog window (step) should be analyzed and all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings checked. It is worth mentioning that not all of the ads on the Internet are legitimate, especially the ones that are displayed on untrustworthy, unofficial websites. There are various ads that are designed to redirect people who clicked them to untrustworthy websites like gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If these ads appear often or redirects happen without even clicking them, then we advise to check what are the installed extensions, add-ons or plug-ins on your web browser or programs on your computer and to remove/uninstall all unwanted/unknown entries as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Chrome Update Center" pop-up:

A critical error has occurred due to the outdated version of the browser. Update your browser as soon as possible.
The following errors are also possible on outdated versions of the browser:
Loss of personal and stored data
Confidential information leak
Browser errors

The appearance of "Chrome Update Center" pop-up (GIF):

Chrome Update Center scam gif

Screenshot of this deceptive website opened using Mozilla Firefox browser:

Chrome Update Center deceptive website opened using Mozilla Firefox browser

Screenshot of this deceptive website opened using Internet Explorer browser:

Chrome Update Center deceptive website opened using Internet Explorer browser

Screenshot of a downloaded JavaScript file designed to install Trojan downloader:

JavaScript file designed to install Trojan downloader

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "chrome update center" pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "chrome update center" pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "chrome update center" pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)