Chrome Update Center Scam Pop-Up – How to Remove It (July 2019)

Chrome Update Center Scam Pop-Up – How to Remove It

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What is causing Chrome Update Center pop-up message? Why does it keep popping up in the browser? How to remove unwanted programs from your computer?

Chrome Update Center pop-up message could load in your browser in an attempt to convince you that your browser version is outdated. This message aims to force you to update Chrome trick you into installing a Chrome update that will prevent the occurrence of eventual critical errors such as personal data loss and confidential information leak. In fact, this message is yet another scam that endangers the overall security of your computer. So be advised to read our guide and learn how to get rid of all potentially harmful files that may be running on your system.

Threat Summary

NameChrome Update Center
TypeScam, PUP
Short DescriptionDeceptive message that alarms for critical browser erros.
SymptomsBrowsing sessions are redirected to corrupted web pages that urge you to update your outdated Chrome browser version.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Chrome Update Center.

Chrome Update Scam – Update July 2019

Chrome Update Center scam seems to be active in July 2019 as well. Online users report that their browsers are compromised with Maranhesduve, so apparently, the infection is still lurking across the web.

If you receive this pop-up message or a similar one please do not download anything. Such scam messages always aim to trick you into allowing the execution of some virus/malware on your computer. Chrome never prompts you about updating, but will simply automatically download and install any available Chrome updates directly from Google servers.

In fact, Google Chrome web browser is configured to perform automatical updates when a new version of the browser is available on your device. Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser.

Chrome Update Center – Spread Techniques

Chrome Update Center pop-up message appears in your browser after a redirect to a malicious or corrupted website. On one hand, it’s a recently installed unwanted program that may be causing unexpected redirects to infected websites. On the other hand, visits to other shady websites could be the reason for this fake Chrome update notification to appear in your browser.

If this scam message is generated by a present undesired program, you probably got tricked into installing this program on your device during the installation of another desired and supposedly useful one. This technique is called software bundling and it is realized with the help of infected software installers. It is known to be preferred by malicious actors.

Since the majority of online users skip reading all details mentioned in installers’ EULA (end-user license agreement), this section is often misused by malicious actors to hide the presence of their rubbish apps. This way they could easily obtain users’ permission for the installation of all added undesired programs. Programs that distribute undesired programs are often released on shady websites and P2P networks.

To avoid unattended installations of undesired programs you should always select “Custom” or “Advanced” options while installing new programs. Don’t miss the details mentioned there as they could help you prevent the installation of undesired apps.

Chrome Update Center – More Details

When you land on any bogus web page infected with Chrome Update Center message you will see the following pop-up:

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As suggested by the presented text, an outdated browser version is causing a critical error. Here is a copy of this message:

Chrome Update Center
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 aim of this message is to convince you that your browser is generating a critical error due to an outdated version. By presenting this deceptive information the pop-up attempts to trick you into installing a Chrome update. To be more persuasive, it states that the update will prevent the occurrence of further critical errors such as personal data loss and confidential information leak. However, a click on the Update button presented by this scam message could endanger the overall security of your computer. Instead of downloading a legitimate update package for your Chrome browser, the scam could infect your device with malware.

As revealed by another our report on

Fake Google Chrome Update, the scam could drop harmful files in C:\ProgramData\Google\update\. However, since there are different hacker collectives that are launching these nasty attack campaigns with Chrome Update Center scam, the location for suspicious files could be different as well.

Related: Chrome Redirect Virus

And in case that you keep seeing redirects to this scam, it is very likely that any undesired program is running on your device. Beware that such a program may be using all of the tracking technologies mentioned below to monitor your online activity:

  • Cookies
  • LSOs
  • Pixels
  • Tags
  • Geo-locators.

The use of those technologies could enable the undesired app to perform unsolicited data collection. So it could be able to obtain details like IP address, searches, clicks, browsing history and other. As a result, you may start seeing other types of advertisements, like:

  • Pop-ups
  • Banners
  • Browser Redirects
  • Ad-supported search results

To sum up the load of Google Chrome Update scam and other deceptive ads in your web browser may lead to serious security issues that could damage both your computer and data. That’s why security experts recommend victims to secure their computers by removing all suspicious files that are likely to be associated with the appearance of Google Chrome Update scam.

How to Check for Chrome Updates?

When in Chrome:

    1) At the top right, click the three dots for More.
    2) Click Help and then About Google Chrome.
    3) Your current version is the number beneath the ‘Google Chrome’ heading. If there is an available update Chrome will check for it when you’re on this page.

How to Remove Chrome Update Center Scam Pop-up

In order to remove Chrome Update Center scam message along with all files that may be enabling its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of present undesired programs and strengthen the security of your device we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that potential files installed by this scam may be detected with unrelated names.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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