You’re reading through your email and a pop-up appears on your screen stating that your Google Chrome or Video Player is out of date. Rest assured; it is fake. Chrome is automatically updated meaning you do not have to do so manually. No matter how authentic the pop-up may appear, Chrome will never ask you to click and update. Ever. This pop-up was designed to do one thing and one thing only: get you to click UPDATE. The moment you do you will be infected with a horde of malware and virus programs because your current antivirus program(s) will be disabled. Your web browsers will be cluttered with toolbars and add-ons. Searches will be hijacked to custom sites delivering even more malware and garbage. The moral of the story here is don’t click UPDATE.
So what do you do if you see this on your computer? Simply close your browser and reopen it. If these pop-ups continue, do your best to avoid those sites. Still happening even after that? Well then it’s too late; you have picked up a bug which is guaranteed if you have already clicked on the link. Shut down the machine and bring it into either of our shops in Tempe or Gilbert. We can remove all of the junk that has been loaded onto the system and get you back into the clear.