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(146,409 posts)
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:19 PM Mar 2017

Watch out for the "Urgent Chrome Update"

It's a scam. It pops up as a new tab in Chrome. Don't click anything on it. It is no doubt malware or a password phishing exploit.

If you want to check for updates to Chrome, you can do it within the browser's tools. Chrome won't open a tab to tell you about it on some random basis.

This is a potentially bad scam. I just saw it. Don't fall for it!

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Watch out for the "Urgent Chrome Update" (Original Post) MineralMan Mar 2017 OP
Thanks and REC riversedge Mar 2017 #1
+1 Passing it on to the kids TheBlackAdder Mar 2017 #20
K&R. dchill Mar 2017 #2
I got it too, and I don't even use chrome, so I knew it was a scam! putitinD Mar 2017 #3
Thank you for chillfactor Mar 2017 #4
Thanks for the info. Deuce Mar 2017 #5
Give Secunia's Personal Software Inspector a try. bathroommonkey76 Mar 2017 #6
I tried to dl it, but after giving an email and moonscape Mar 2017 #19
Ninite bathroommonkey76 Mar 2017 #22
Checking it out - thanks! n/t moonscape Mar 2017 #33
Yw bathroommonkey76 Mar 2017 #36
Nice Catch, And Thanks MM (nt) ProfessorGAC Mar 2017 #7
Thanks for the heads up. Arkansas Granny Mar 2017 #8
Thanks. Lindsay Mar 2017 #9
PLUS retrowire Mar 2017 #10
I just discovered: Menu icon - Help - About Google Chrome progree Mar 2017 #14
Close your browser if you get one of those sites. Don't use the back botton. LeftInTX Mar 2017 #11
Thanks! renate Mar 2017 #12
I had something like that happen ... The usual "X" close thingy didn't work, but Ctrl Shift Q did progree Mar 2017 #15
thanks! renate Mar 2017 #24
There's a Firefox version floating around too. Binkie The Clown Mar 2017 #13
Thank you. sarge43 Mar 2017 #16
It also shows up as a critical alert from microsoft and locks your browser or it did until I cstanleytech Mar 2017 #17
I've been using the CLIQZ browser for a couple of weeks and it's great. Snarkoleptic Mar 2017 #18
Lots of scam adverts out there. mwooldri Mar 2017 #21
Thank You for the message Stuart G Mar 2017 #23
Wado-------------Thank you turbinetree Mar 2017 #25
I don't think I have clicked on anything... GeoWilliam750 Mar 2017 #26
If you don't click you needn't worry. MineralMan Mar 2017 #28
I got that today. Of course I didn't click on it. nt Kahuna7 Mar 2017 #27
Note: Google Chrome updates itself automatically, MineralMan Mar 2017 #29
My Chrome doesn't install automatically. n/t bathroommonkey76 Mar 2017 #37
I won't ask you what site you were visiting.... eniwetok Mar 2017 #30
I don't remember, but it must have been in a link in a post. MineralMan Mar 2017 #32
Haven't seen that but sounds like a fishy one, so good to post & alert Kimchijeon Mar 2017 #31
Kick. dalton99a Mar 2017 #34
Thanks for the warning mcar Mar 2017 #35
I have an old computer. Running Vista still (lol) Google won't update Vista anymore. YOHABLO Mar 2017 #38
I was, too. The decision not to support Chrome for Vista MineralMan Mar 2017 #42
After the Great ISP Giveaway by the Repubs this week pecosbob Mar 2017 #39
Thanks. I see that pop up occasionally, particularly on sites that have bullwinkle428 Mar 2017 #40
thanks for the heads up. Sharing with office staff and family. Nitram Mar 2017 #41
thanks lunatica Mar 2017 #43


(3,827 posts)
6. Give Secunia's Personal Software Inspector a try.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:33 PM
Mar 2017

It's worth a download-- you don't have to worry about updating your flash players, browsers, and other programs on your computer. I've been using it for 7 years now and haven't experienced any problems.



(4,681 posts)
19. I tried to dl it, but after giving an email and
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:17 PM
Mar 2017

initials for a name, it took me to a screen to dl but it didn't work. Found a link w/in their forum and did dl.

Also, in the forum saw a query from someone saying they had used an email just for the program, and got 3rd party email there, so Secunia apparently was selling/renting/giving their email. Dang! Too late, I had already given.

Seems v2 will not be supported after 3/31, and there are complaints about the inferior usability, dumbing-down and control of v3. I used this pgm a few years ago and your post made me revisit. Might try again



(3,276 posts)
9. Thanks.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:35 PM
Mar 2017

I had a similar one for Firefox a while ago. It popped up several times and was just annoying. Then one day it tried to download something to my computer (without my clicking on anything). That was when I activated Ad-block Plus for the few sites I respect who'd asked us to shut down ad blockers. Downloading malware was a bridge too far.


(10,345 posts)
10. PLUS
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:02 PM
Mar 2017

Chrome always updates automatically without you ever noticing.

You shouldn't normally even be aware.


(11,013 posts)
14. I just discovered: Menu icon - Help - About Google Chrome
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:42 PM
Mar 2017

I just did it a few minutes ago, and it said "Updating Chrome" and showed a rotating circle and a certain percent complete, followed by the version number and "Google Chrome is up to date."

Later I did it again, and it momentarily flashed "Checking for updates" and then said "Google Chrome is up to date."


(13,776 posts)
12. Thanks!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:13 PM
Mar 2017

I turn off my computer when I get one of those (just because I'm scared to click on anything in those situations)... I didn't know closing the browser would be sufficient. And while I don't click on the little upper-right-hand "x" when I get a pop-up because I just assumed that would be the same as clicking "update" for a malware-type pop-up, I didn't know the back button would be a problem too (and luckily for me, I never tried it).

Thanks so much for the warning!


(11,013 posts)
15. I had something like that happen ... The usual "X" close thingy didn't work, but Ctrl Shift Q did
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:46 PM
Mar 2017

It was something that made a loud continous racket with some dire warning. I couldn't close the window with the "X" at the far upper right like I usually close windows with. But I found that Ctrl Shift Q worked (it shuts down Chrome).

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
13. There's a Firefox version floating around too.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:27 PM
Mar 2017

It tries to download a java executable file. Always click "cancel".


(26,475 posts)
17. It also shows up as a critical alert from microsoft and locks your browser or it did until I
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:09 PM
Mar 2017

installed an extension a few years ago that only runs javascript on a site if I allow it otherwise I laugh at such sites these days that try it as the extension gives their owners a virtual middle finger.


(6,003 posts)
18. I've been using the CLIQZ browser for a couple of weeks and it's great.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:12 PM
Mar 2017

It's faster and less buggy that Firefox (with it's constant updates).
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(10,321 posts)
21. Lots of scam adverts out there.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:27 PM
Mar 2017

Very rarely here... On my mobile device I go to a page, advising me my xxxxx phone has a virus. The annoying thing is I have to kill the browser for it to go away... can't just go back.

I know my system is clean. Though I get a laugh when I'm asked to download some stuff to fix a problem on Microsoft Windows... when I'm running Ubuntu....


(2,525 posts)
26. I don't think I have clicked on anything...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 06:17 PM
Mar 2017

But how do I determine if I unthinkingly did, and now have it on my system?


(146,409 posts)
32. I don't remember, but it must have been in a link in a post.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 07:51 PM
Mar 2017

I was working today and spent almost no time on the web.


(1,606 posts)
31. Haven't seen that but sounds like a fishy one, so good to post & alert
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 07:48 PM
Mar 2017

Always something new to look out for before the filters catch it and block it I suppose. Thanks!


(146,409 posts)
42. I was, too. The decision not to support Chrome for Vista
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 09:17 AM
Mar 2017

was a major reason I finally bought a new Windows 10 PC. I resisted for a long time, but I'm glad I updated my hardware. I've made the transition with no hiccups, and the new PC is much faster and has no problems at all.


(7,619 posts)
39. After the Great ISP Giveaway by the Repubs this week
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 03:24 AM
Mar 2017

I finally switched to Tor...no more Java or Flash.


(20,634 posts)
40. Thanks. I see that pop up occasionally, particularly on sites that have
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 09:05 AM
Mar 2017

lots of Flash elements going on. Always made my "Spidey-sense" tingle, so I always shut them down.

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