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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Fake Google Chrome Update from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Fake Google Chrome Update from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Update from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Fake Google Chrome Update from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Fake Google Chrome Update
Step 2: Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Update and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Fake Google Chrome Update on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Fake Google Chrome Update there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Fake Google Chrome Update from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Update and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Fake Google Chrome Update via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Fake Google Chrome Update from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Update from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Fake Google Chrome Update from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Fake Google Chrome Update will be removed.
Eliminate Fake Google Chrome Update from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.