Beware of Google Chrome Web Browser Malicious Update and Download Websites June 2013

Beware of Google Chrome Web Browser Malicious Update and Download Websites June 2013

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Beware of messages with a link to Google Chrome web browser updates or download in emails, Facebook posts, Tweets, or online advertisements. These messages claim that you can download Google Chrome, download an updated version of Google Chrome, download a Google Chrome security patch, or download some form of Google Chrome add-on or extension. Hackers and scammers are using these methods of communication to trick persons into downloading malwares masquerading as Google Chrome from fake websites.

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Never click on anything to update your Google Chrome web browser; the browser will update itself automatically.

I have gotten a few calls from persons who have seen the advertisement below and thought it was a legitimate Google Chrome download link and clicked on it to install the Google Chrome web browser.

Beware of Google Chrome Web Browser Update and Download Websites

Beware of Google Chrome Web Browser Update and Download Websites

The bogus advertisement is located at the following website:
http://d22l7r8f5ybwxn.cloudfront.net/3b/3a/3/chrome /index2.html

If you click on the link, your web browser will download the following file: Chrome_Setup.exe

After installing the program, they got more that what they had asked for. They did not just get the Google Chrome web browser installed on their computers; they also got rogue toolbars, web browser hijackers, and other unwanted programs that constantly displayed annoying popup windows.

The file "Chrome_Setup.exe" was scanned and the following adware threats were detected:

  • ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.iBryte.H
  • a variant of Win32/Adware.iBryte.G
  • Win32.SuspectCrc
  • not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.aece
  • Win32.HeurC.KVM019.a.(kcloud)
  • Agent.ASWDM
  • iBryte Optimum Installer
  • Adware.OptimusInstaller.26607
  • Optimum Installer (fs)

But, these annoying programs are the least of their worries. If they had downloaded a virus, Trojan or spyware, they would have been in serious trouble. This is because these programs are used to steal personal information, credit card information, or online account user names and passwords for your email accounts, online banking and others.

Again, never click on anything to update your Google Chrome web browser; the browser will update itself automatically. Or, if you want to install Google Chrome on you computer, please go to the website: http://www.google.com/chrome/

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM by info

    Download and install it from this website: http://www.google.com/chrome/


  • Oct 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM by an anonymous user from Billings, Montana, United States

    I was stupid enough to think it was legitimate and uploaded a number of programs that screwed up my computer badly. I deleted the programs including Google Chrome. But, how do I legitimately get Google Chrome back on my computer?


  • Jun 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM by info

    Your computer will not get infected if you did not open the file chrome_setup.exe.<br/>So, if you only downloaded the file and deleted it without opening it, your computer was not infected.


  • Jun 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM by an anonymous user from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States

    Thank you for this, I did not know this even existed. My computer would of been screwed by now. Thanks!


  • Jun 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM by an anonymous user from Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

    i have clicked this google updater, and there was a chrome_setup.exe file that was downloaded. I did not install it, and i immediately deleted that setup file. will it still harm my computer even if i have already deleted it?


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