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2 Ways To Prevent Fake Browser Update

Updated on December 30, 2015
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Audrey's interest in computer technology convinced her to research and write about other areas of technology.

Two Ways to Prevent the Update

Don't ever let malware get the best of you. These days, it has increased all over the globe. You can look at a site map and find the worst spots and what parts of the globe the pests come from. The United States and Great Britain show moderate risk in 2013, compared to several year ago, according to Kaspersky. The ultimate goal of hackers is to make money, and nothing will stop them. If you look at a hacker/virus scheme, it is very complicated. and a normal person can barely understand it. The only way to stop them is to use the best antimalware software, including antispyware,and to exercise extreme caution while surfing the Internet. Following is one hit that may take over your computer and recommended protection to prevent the heinous acts

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Man with Panic

Fake Browser Update Urgency Fools Users

One of the damaging but preventable malware is the fake browser update. A notice appears on your computer that you must urgently update your browser. It looks authentic with the picture of the browser - Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. The message alarms you in a clever way, and many click on this message. You will be forever sorry. This sets up one of the most deadly elaborate schemes. This malware can stop your protection from running and prevent downloads of other software to help you. It can follow your keystrokes. When you begin to download, it may tell you it will do an add on. If you double check to see what it could be, it may be a "follow every keystroke" add on. You must double check everything. It will mess up your registry and your taskbar.

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Computer stores repair computers

One Way To Get Rid of It

Sometimes, the program alerts you by showing in the running programs as "Internet Explorer - Enable Dep". This means it can stop a program. It may bring other programs with it. You must watch your Task Manager and Program list for any unfamiliar program. Many users may not have time or the knowledge to perform these checks. Just do the best you can to monitor these areas.

One way to get rid of this program is to delete it from programs and reset your browser to its default. You can attempt to download several spyware programs to attempt to kill it, and, of course, you must have an antivirus program at all times. An IT friend or a technical support provider, may best handle the problem.

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Caution sign

Beware Unsafe or Fake Download Sites

,Another problem presents itself if you try to download protection. For example, Super Antispyware is a legitimate program. However, fake replicas exist for this program, and you may download more malware. Safe search protection can help you..

When you do succeed in downloading, you may find the program has poor technical support. Most free antimalware companies provide email service or frequently asked questions at their website. A technician might talk to you if you buy a paid product. Many programs contract their technical support to a third party. One user had a question for technical support, and at end of conversation, the rep wanted $120.00. The companies are supposed to tell you up front about any fees.

Use Good Protection

You might protect yourself by purchasing the software or downloading it on another computer and putting it on a CD to run on your computer. Running the computer in safe mode can assist in downloading successfully.

Good protection is available, either free or paid. The free antivirus software Avast, Bitdefender. and Sophost performed well in 2014 lab tests, according to PC Magazine. These are the overall scores, and variation exists on each facet of testing. To get other opinions, you might read reviews . Paid recommended antivirus software include Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Norton.

User Caused Download Oh No!

A user downloaded the fake Internet Explorer browser because of the urgency of the computer message. What compounded the issue was the inability to get rid of the message, other than using Task Manager to stop it. From that day forward, he worked tirelessly to get rid of the bugs. When a web page would not open, the computer manufacturer began troubleshooting, fixing a problem with the rootkits where bugs often hide. Then he had difficulty with antimalware programs working, along with inability to download other programs. After two months of occasional issues and help from an IT relative, he took the computer to a computer store for a tune up and evaluation. After that, the computer ran better but never as good as before the malware problem.


Fake browser update is one of the most prevalent of malware today. Users must never download anything, unless it is from the legitimate site. Popups are everywhere , begging you to click. You must use caution and proceed slowly when working on the Internet. If you click by mistake, and malware enters, use your protection and try to download more software . If unsuccessful after trying all avenues and tips in article, your best bet is to find a technical person or store to help you. Good luck.

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    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Peachy - Sorry to miss your comment. Avira is a good software. Thanks for visiting my hub, and appreciation of the warnings. I haven't had a virus for a long time, as I have been extra careful. It sure pays in the long run. Thanks for all the visits to my hubs. You have been faithful. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i use avira, free anti virus, appreciated your warnings

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Glen - I appreciate your input on my hub, because of your expertise in the field. Your kind words ring with credibility. You are fortunate you have never had a virus, or had to have someone wipe your computer clean as others have. Thanks for tweeting this hub. I need to read up on successful tweets. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Good for you Audrey. This is a very useful hub and you did a great job educating people how to avoid being fooled into installing malware on their computers.

      Since I have a computer background, I know not to ever respond to warnings that suggest doing dangerous things such as "you must urgently update your browser."

      As long as we refrain from going to spoof websites by following email links, we know that nothing will ever be that urgent.

      Your hub is important to share. I'm going to tweet it.

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      The scariest thing I have heard of is a virus that supposedly locks you computer down and requires you to pay a ransom to get it unlocked. I have not experienced it but I have heard that it is real.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      The pop-up I see most often has to do with Shockwave crashing or updating Flash. I'm never quite sure what to do.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Gail - Some of these computer popups or entries look so real. I guess they try to scare you into doing what the message says. I never click on anything so that I sometimes miss important messages that are real. At one time, I was more naïve. Thank you for stopping by to read my hub. I remember when you read my hub on getting married over 40. You have my wish for continued happiness and good traffic in your hubs. (when Google becomes kind to us,) Blessings, Audrey

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Audrey,

      Thanks for posting this helpful information. I am aware not to click on pop ups for this kind of thing, but it is still awfully tempting to do so since the message is scary.

      Hubby once clicked on something similar, and instead of fixing the problem the message said it would do, it messed his whole computer up and it took over $100 to have a legitimate tech expert get things back to normal.

      Readers would do well to heed the advice you've given here.



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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Audrey This is so important to know. You have covered this topic so well. The only reason I knew this is that my nephew was a genius in technology and warned us all to be ever vigilant against such schemes.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi PS - I am finished with malware, I hope. Now my security has been breached at a hospital here. The hackers are at it again. Now, on my computer, I have Chrome, and it seems secure. Thanks for reading my article and for tweeting it. Congratulations on your Hubbie award. You are moving up in the world. I hope your computer is safe. Blessings, Audrey

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      Person of Interest 

      4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Malware is such a nightmare. Tweeted it.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Faith wow. You're a winner again. Congrats for award. You sure are a good example of a true Christian. I am so glad you read my hub, as the Internet is so crazy with all the tricks, viruses, and spyware. My computer suffered a huge problem and my son reinstalled Windows. Now I have better protection. I love to come by and read your outstanding hubs. I hope your hubs stay safe. Thanks for shares Blessings. Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi DDE Thanks for reading my hub and being a sharp person and not clicking on spammy emails that could interfere with computer use. The computer has become so loaded with spam and viruses that you have to be aware of good and bad download sites. You sound computer savvy and thanks for your kind remarks. I will be by again to read hubs. Blessings. Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks for this insightful hub here, Audrey! I needed to read this, as I have always wondered if something is the real deal or not. This is an important read for all.

      Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings always

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am quite aware of any fake emails. I make sure to delete such messages. Your ideas of hus are informative, useful and to the point.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Moonlake - Your vigilance on the Internet is so admirable. I have learned from bad experiences to be ever so careful to not click on anything, and I have better security now. Download sites don't have trust anymore, as you say. You are so lucky to avoid viruses and other attacks. Thanks for visiting my hub, commenting and voting up. I will stop by your site soon. Blessings, Audrey

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      4 years ago from America

      I don't believe anything I get in my email. At one time you could trust programs that were downloaded through ZD net and places like that. They can't be trusted anymore. I have never had to take my computer in. I have always managed to get rid of anything that was on my computer. I keep my fingers crossed each day that I don't get a virus or malware. Voted up.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Art for the kind comments on my hub. I am sorry you have another bug, and I looked it up and will use caution. If you download free stuff, so much else comes with it to mess you up. I planned to download a trial program but opted out as soon as I saw an agreement to accept many ads as part of terms of use. Good luck with Saverr's disappearance from your life. Blessings. Audrey. Thanks for follow.

    • Artois52 profile image


      4 years ago from England

      Thanks for the advice.

      I've also managed to catch an advertising extension to Chrome that just won't go away. So watch out or the 'saverr' extension!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox - I am so glad you enjoyed my hub, as I know you mean what you say. I consider you an expert at writing, so thanks for coming by and reading about this virus and for the extra information about Microsoft. I wish the Internet was a safer place to find information and to write. You probably are aware of how to surf safely. I will stop by soon to read hubs. Blessings, Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi tireless traveler - I am sorry you had to deal with this fake update, as it is a real pain. Nobody believes it can do so much damage to the computer, and people do not believe you have a virus if your software does not detect it. I hope it did not ruin your computer and make you reinstall Windows. The Internet is overrun with spam, viruses, Trojans, hacks, and users have to be so careful. It takes the fun out of the Internet. I will look for the new info from Microsoft. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate your kind remarks and hope you have good luck in the future. Blessings, Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Westel - I know the Internet is spammy, and it is very discouraging. It used to be better, but we now have to work with its limitations. Thank you for reading my article about the virus. I try to read about viruses and ways to avoid problems in surfing to protect myself. You probably do the same thing. We may become Internet experts, if such a feat is possible. At least we keep trying. Thanks again. Blessings, Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Rachael - I guess you and I are on the trail of viruses on the Internet, along with a few others. I love the article on the Heartbleed attack.. Thanks for visiting my hub and for your kind remarks. I especially liked your comment about the need for free Internet protection. It can run into money for good antimalware. My husband uses Avast. It must be a lot of work caring for awordlover's and your own hubs. You handle it nicely. I will be stopping by again to visit your hubs. Blessings, Audrey

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Great advice! You might want to add that Internet Explorer shouldn't be used at all right now because its security has been compromised and Microsoft hasn't found a fix yet. Enjoyed and voted up!

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Spent last summer paying for the brain fog of accidentally loading a fake brower. My IT guys kept telling me it was HP or my email, then we were notified Adobe had been hacked.

      I noticed Microsoft has an alert out in conjunction with Adobe again yesterday.

      Much appreciated information here.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Billybuc - I sure appreciate your stopping by to read my hub, but I doubt you are computer incompetent. I consider you as intelligent on all levels, but appreciate the compliment about my article. Best of luck on your new book. Your stuff is easy to read, and I love it. Blessings, Audrey

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      Tim Anthony 

      4 years ago

      I agree. Internet spamming has become way too big these days. Some ethical hackers try to stop it, but mostly fail since the general user is not aware of such things. Thank you for sharing this valuable knowledge.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Flourish Thanks so much for reading my hub and commenting. I am glad you are careful about the Internet. I remember the days it used to be safer. My protection is pretty good right now, and I feel better protected. I will stop by soon. Blessings. Audrey

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      Unfortunately as long as there are hackers there will be fake updates and other scams to try to mess up a computer or gain access to personal information via keystroke counters, etc. Thank you for your advice about safe free antivirus software as there are many people who cannot afford to pay. Free antivirus software is better than nothing and I strongly recommend a malware program (free or pay, I like in addition to antivirus programs because they can't catch everything. I often run one back to back with another and you'd be surprised at what the second one finds that the first scan skipped over.

      Good hub with good advice, voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for this. It is very helpful for a computer incompetent like me. I appreciate your help and expertise.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      I didn't know about fake browner updates, but I don't like to download anything. Running scared! Thanks for sharing the information.


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