"Outdated browser detected" removal instructions
What is "Outdated browser detected"?
"Outdated browser detected" is a scam that recommends to update a browser to the latest version. Such scam pages cannot be trusted, since scammers use them to trick people into downloading and installing various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or visiting questionable pages that may be designed to promote PUAs as well. Besides, quite often pages of this type get opened by already installed unwanted apps. One way or another, we strongly recommend not to trust this or other similar page, and more importantly, not to download applications that they promote.
This scam might occur on different browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and so on. It is very likely that by agreeing to update the browser people either get redirected to some shady, potentially malicious page or download a fake installer/updater. If launched, these setups install unwanted applications. These apps could be various system optimizers such as Adroit System Care, mBytes System Care and so on, or apps like browser hijackers and adware. Browser hijackers change browser settings and force users to use/visit some questionable address (typically, a fake search engine). They also gather various information, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited sites, entered search queries, etc. Their developers share all gathered data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Both parties misuse it to generate revenue. Besides, some of the information might contain sensitive details. Adware-type apps can be designed to collect data too. However, their main purpose is to display various annoying and unreliable advertisements. They show coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys and so on. When clicked, these ads either cause downloads/installations of unwanted apps or open potentially malicious pages. One way or another, clicking them is not doing any good. No matter what is the goal of "Outdated browser detected" scam, it should not be trusted. If it cannot be closed in a normal way (by closing opened window or tab), then we recommend to close the whole browser through Task Manager. Note, it is not recommended to reopen the closed browsing session, doing this will open the same scam page again.
|Name||"Outdated browser detected" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||This scam claims that a browser is outdated and encourages to update it.|
|Distributed Unwanted Apps||Possibly browser hijackers, adware and other unwanted applications.|
|Detection Names (apelorissedwen[.]download)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (apelorissedwen[.]download)||126.96.36.199|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan, fake update notifications|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Installation of unwanted applications, loss of sensitive and private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
To eliminate Outdated browser detected virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many scam pages on the web, quite often they are used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted app or contacting scammers via displayed telephone number. Here are a couple of other scam websites: "Error # 0x80092ee9", "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" and "Microsoft Detected Malicious Virus And Blocked Your Computer". Typically, people end up on them through clicked unreliable ads or other questionable pages, or because of the installed PUAs that we mentioned in the second paragraph. It is known that many apps of this type often are designed to cause redirects to shady pages.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
It is very common that people download and/or install PUAs through intrusive advertisements or because of developers who use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use "Bundling" to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted programs together with regular software. They include PUAs into setups of various software (typically, these programs are free). However, they do not disclose information about it properly and hide such apps in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings/sections of download and installation setups. To sum up, developers succeed when people download and install programs without checking what are the options included their setups.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid using third party software downloaders and installers to download or install software. It is not recommended to download programs using Peer-to-Peer networks, shady pages, etc. Download software only from official and trustworthy websites/sources. Do not forget to op-out unwanted apps that usually can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar) before completing any download or installation. Avoid clicking various intrusive ads, even if they look legitimate. They tend to cause redirects to potentially malicious websites. Quite often these pages are related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. To stop a browser from causing unwanted redirects or showing ads, uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons from a browser and programs from the computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of "Outdated browser detected" pop-up (GIF):
Text presented in the pop-up window:
Outdated Browser Detected
You are currently using - Firefox 67 - which is not outdated.
Please Update The Latest Version of Firefox (recommended)
It is recommended that you update your browser to the lates version to view this page. Please update to continue.
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of Outdated browser detected virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Outdated browser detected virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Outdated browser detected"?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "outdated browser detected" virus, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "outdated browser detected" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with "outdated browser detected" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "outdated browser detected" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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