What Is Fake Google Update?
The Fake Google Update is a virus located in “C:\ProgramData\Google\update\GoogleUpdate.exe”. It’s disguised to look like legitimate Google update, which can lead to unwitting installation if the user isn’t careful. Once installed, the virus spams ads and slows the browser down.
How Does a Browser Get Hijacked?
The suspicious software is usually distributed through freeware installations and bundle packages. Freeware programs are often advertised on shady websites. They claim to be a helpful software, an anti-virus or anti-malware program or some other useful software. These programs are, more often than not, bundled with PUPs. The unwitting user can invite these programs through careless installing.
To avoid these packages, you must always check the “Custom” or “Advanced” options when installing a program. That way you can deselect any malware included in the bundle and avoid the potential software altogether, which is the best option. User inconvenience isn’t the only negative in this scenario. The purpose of adware is to display intrusive advertisements. That’s why their creators always seek ways to lure users into clicking on them.
The Fake Google updates are usually .exe files that are masqueraded as legitimate ones. Once installed, they infect your browser by changing its settings, adding adware, popups, and other unwanted threats. The “virus” can be hard to detect, as it blends in with the legitimate Google Chrome files, but it must be removed before it starts causing serious security problems.
The Signs of Having Installed a Fake Update
A hijacked browser usually works slower, shows unusual ads and pop-ups and often redirects you to websites you wouldn’t want to go to. It also changes lot of the default settings, like the homepage or the default search engine. If you suspect that your system has PUPs, then it’s best to get an anti-malware program and remove any applications that you don’t need or remember installing. If you’re witnessing pop-ups in the form of updates, be aware that a potentially unwanted program may have sneaked into your system.
The safest and fastest way to remove any malware is to scan your PC with a specialized anti-malware program. It’s not advisable to try and remove viruses by yourself. There’s always a risk of making a mistake and worsening the situation. Also, even when the malware is seemingly gone from the infected system, it can still linger and cause all sorts of security problems. You can still try to remove the malware manually by following the step-by-step tutorial bellow.