MS Updater is classified as an adware browser extension that is compatible with Google Chrome. Once installed, MS Updater may alter the browser’s settings to start displaying pop-up advertisements and fake update alerts. Users should note that MS Updater has nothing to do with Microsoft. Despite its name, the updates provided by MS Updater are not legitimate ones and may seriously compromise the system’s overall performance. The longer the application is running in the background, the more vulnerable the system becomes.
Why Do I Have MS Updater Installed on My PC?
One of the popular ways to distribute adware across users is via bundling of software. Because MS Updater was included in the package of a free software product, the user downloaded it via the automatic installer. Bundling can be avoided by executing custom installation so that additional pieces are unchecked. It is easy to guess that bundling is applied solely for financial reasons. Developers and digital marketers tend to monetize their platforms through bundling, as well as to cover money losses.
Is MS Updater Dangerous?
Ad-supported software is not malicious even though it may become a gateway to various PC troubles. The fake updates in the form of pop-up windows provided by MS Updater may harm the user if he is tricked into installing them. The bogus application may offer updates for various programs. However, users should keep in mind that legitimate updates do not happen this way.
N.B. Security researchers warn that MS Updater may have more than one version. Some of its variants may be easier to uninstall manually while others can cause quite a few problems.
Furthermore, adware applications usually have a spyware component so that the user’s personally identifiable information is collected. Data collection happens with the help of tracking cookies also known as persistent cookies, third-party cookies and spyware cookies.
The addition of such cookies is usually mentioned in the privacy section of such an application, when it is available for download on freeware websites. Nonetheless, users’ private details are at risk of exploitation. Thanks to collected private details, third party advertisers are able to display relevant ads to the user.
Should I Remove MS Updater from My PC?
To stop the display of fake update pop-ups and annoying advertisements, the user may want to scan his system. First, install a trustworthy AV solution to detect all threats and delete them accordingly.
For future reference, always go for the advanced installer to avoid potentially harmful downloads.
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