How to stop redirects to scam websites

Also Known As: "Outdated browser detected" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Outdated browser detected" removal instructions

What is "Outdated browser detected"?

"Outdated browser detected" is a scam that advises computer users to update their browsers to the latest versions. These sites cannot be trusted, since scammers use them to trick people into downloading and installing potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or visiting dubious web pages that might also be designed to promote PUAs. Furthermore, the sites are generally opened by PUAs already installed on the system. Therefore, do not trust this or other similar sites. More importantly, do not to download the applications that they promote.

Outdated browser detected scam

This scam might occur on different browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and so on. By agreeing to update the browser, people might be redirected to a dubious, potentially malicious site or download a fake installer/updater. If launched, these set-ups install PUAs - various system optimizers such as Adroit System Care, mBytes System Care, etc. or apps such as browser hijackers and adware. Browser hijackers change browser settings and force users to open a dubious URL (typically, of a fake search engine). They also gather information such as, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited sites, entered search queries, etc. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Both parties misuse the details to generate revenue. Some of the information might contain sensitive details. Adware-type apps can also be designed to collect data, however, their main purpose is to display various annoying and dubious advertisements. They show coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on. When clicked, these ads cause download/installation of unwanted apps or open potentially malicious web pages. Therefore, clicking them is not advisable. No matter what the purpose of the "Outdated browser detected" scam, it should not be trusted. If it cannot be removed by closing the window or tab, we recommend that you close the entire browser process through Task Manager. Note: do not reopen the closed browsing session, since this will return you to the scam site.

Threat Summary:
Name "Outdated browser detected" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim This scam claims that the browser is outdated and encourages users to update it.
Distributed Unwanted Apps Possible browser hijackers, adware, and other unwanted applications.
Detection Names (apelorissedwen[.]download) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (apelorissedwen[.]download) 104.27.135.187
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.
Removal

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There are many scam sites on the web. These are often used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs or contacting scammers via a displayed telephone number. Some examples of other scam websites include "Error # 0x80092ee9", "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!", and "Microsoft Detected Malicious Virus And Blocked Your Computer". Typically, people arrive at them through clicked dubious ads or other rogue website, or due to PUAs already installed on the system. Many PUAs are designed to cause redirects to dubious web pages.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People generally download and install PUAs through intrusive advertisements or due to developers who use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use "Bundling" to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted programs together with regular software. They include PUAs into the set-ups of regular software (typically, these programs are free), however, they do not disclose this information properly. They hide information pertaining to these additional apps in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings/sections of the download and installation set-ups. In summary, developers succeed when people download and install programs without checking options included the set-ups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software downloaders and installers to download/install software. Do not download programs using Peer-to-Peer networks, dubious sites, etc. Download software from official and trustworthy websites/sources. Opt-out of any unwanted apps (these can usually be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections) before completing the download or installation. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, even if they seem legitimate. They often cause redirects to potentially malicious websites relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. To stop the browser from causing unwanted redirects or displaying ads, uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the 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):

Outdated browser detected scam 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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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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 "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.

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 "outdated browser detected" virus, 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 plug-ins 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 "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, 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)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

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