If you’ve been using the Internet for any length of time you probably know how important it is to keep your web browser(s) updated with the latest security updates.
Security holes that can allow hackers and scammers to cause all kinds of grief for innocent users are “patched” via security updates on a regular basis, so we’re all used to installing those updates as they are released.
Unfortunately, hackers are now taking advantage of our familiarity with security updates to trick us into downloading dangerous malware onto our systems.
As usual there are several variations of this scam making the rounds, but they’re typically perpetrated in some form of this routine:
You’re using your Chrome browser to visit some website when all of a sudden an urgent message pops up saying you’re using an older version of Chrome.
Below that message is a really convenient green button labeled “Update Chrome”.
What could be easier, right?
Well, as you might guess clicking that button won’t really update your Chrome browser at all. Instead, it will infect your machine with one or more dangerous viruses.
Here’s a screenshot depicting the most common version of the fake Chrome update notice:
If you see a notice similar to this pop up on your screen, don’t click on anything. Simply close your browser, reopen it and then follow the instructions in this post to clear Chrome’s browser cache.
Now all of the above being said, it’s still important to check on a regular basis to make sure you have the latest Chrome updates installed.
Luckily, you can do that right from Chrome’s “Customize and Control” menu. Here’s how:
1 – Launch your Chrome browser.
2 – Click the Customize and Control icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window (it looks like three vertical dots).
3 – Click Help>About Google Chrome.
After you complete step 3 your Chrome browser will check to see if there are any uninstalled updates available. If so, they will be installed automatically.
I do this every morning just to make sure Chrome is up to date on all of my machines.
I recommend that you do the same because some security updates need to be installed as soon as possible to patch security holes that pose an imminent threat to the security of your computer.
Bottom line: You don’t need to respond to a pop-up notice in order to update Chrome to the latest version, and you should ignore any notice that says you do.
Instead, follow the procedure detailed above on a regular basis and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your Chrome browser is always up to date!
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