Every time I open Firefox, there are three tabs opened from Update-browser.org telling me to update Firefox. It gives me a box saying “It is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version to view this page.” Is it trusted? However, my Firefox is set to automatically update on its own and had just done so moments before, this struck me as suspicious and possibly a phishing attempt. How do I get rid of this annoying thing from my Win 7 laptop?
Update-browser.org is not a reliable web page because it is affiliated with browser hijackers which can attack Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and can function in most versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It usually invades a targeted PC without a computer user’s approval and awareness. Most browser hijacker viruses won’t come alone, it can be bundled with free programs or video files that you download from the Internet. Once it gets attached to your browser, it can change your browser settings instantly and add its malicious contents to your computer. In this way, this redirect virus can run itself automatically as soon as system boots up and it has the ability to disable antivirus programs installed as well as install a variety of malware threats and unwanted or even malevolent toolbars on your computer.
Update-browser.org is a dangerous website that hosts malware. It is a scam which pretends itself as a legal site that provides the latest version of Firefox. It confuses innocent users and wants them to download something malicious. This hijacker is good at using a scam tactic and it tricks you into installing malware, so don’t download or execute this kind of stuff. This unwanted pop up appears mostly in Firefox, and if you keep being redirected to Update-browser.org asking you to update your browser, then your computer must be infected with adware or a potentially unwanted program which should be removed as soon as possible. Otherwise, whenever your computer is connected to Internet, you will be bombarded with hundreds of pop-up advertisements. To avoid it making great chaos during your web browsing activities, you should get rid of Update-browser.org redirect once upon detection.
Browser hijacker infection like Update-browser.org may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Update-browser.org hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Update-browser.org redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Update-browser.org hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
If you keep being redirected to update-browser.org, that means your computer is seriously infected by a potentially unwanted program or browser hijacker virus. This website is not a malicious domain, but it did really cheat many inexperienced users because the cyber criminals make it to be evil. By adding useless plug-ins in to your browser and popping up thousands of bogus commercial ads, your online experience can be full of annoyance. Except those bad experience, the main purpose of those guys who make this troublesome thing is to cheat your money for their own use. With many methods can be used to gain money from you, your computer’s situation is in great danger. It lures users into downloading the latest Firefox but eventually it turns out to be a malware which causes your hard drive just like a dustbin because it is flooded by tons of useless files. What’s worse, it can download other harmful threats to your computer to make further damage and cheat more money. Please don’t treat this update-browser.org as a good domain for your browser and instead you have to get rid of it as quickly as you can.
Published by & last updated on December 30, 2013 12:14 pm