The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages

If the pop-up message below: "Android Launcher Update Required." shows up on your phone while you are browsing the web or using a certain app, please do not follow the instructions in it, just ignore it because it is a fake. The fake message was created by cybercriminals to frighten and trick mobile users into visiting malicious websites, downloading malicious apps, visiting phishing websites that steal personal and financial information, or visiting spam websites. If the message popups on your mobile device and prevent you from doing anything else, please press the "Home" button on your mobile device, which will take you to the Home screen. Then, use the "Recent Apps" button to close the browser window or the app that is displaying the fake message. Or, just restart your mobile device.

The Android Launcher Update Required Fake and Malicious Messages

The Malicious "Android Launcher Update Required" Message

The page at says:

You must update your Android Launcher now or your phone will locked within 1 day


Android Launcher Update Required

Due to the latest report hacking event targeting BLU Dash C Music Android phone, we released a launcher update, and it is required for every Android phone.

If you do not upgrade your BLU Dash C Music phone will be locked with 1 day

Cancel Update Now

Android users whose mobile devices are constantly getting pop-ups, can do the following to fix the problem:

  • Open your web browser on your Android phone and let the page load,
  • Go to "Settings,"
  • Click "Privacy,"
  • Click "Clear your Private Data" or "Clear browsing data,"
  • Clear your "Browser History" and Cache.


  • go to "Settings"
  • change your "Homepage" to something else, if "" is set as your default Homepage.
  • Go back to "Settings"
  • Go to "Application Manager"
  • Remove all unknown apps, or apps you think may be causing the popups.

The fake message is similar to the following:

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January 12, 2020 at 3:17 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Haßfurt, Bavaria, Germany

I did not mean to see this! Report it and I was actually looking up my ex spouse and this popped up dajones450p.


October 19, 2019 at 6:25 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Did my phone really get locked? By the way I pressed ok but the page was unavailable.


October 19, 2019 at 7:31 AM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages

No, the message is a fake.


March 20, 2019 at 8:59 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Bratislava, Bratislavský, Slovakia

I got this every single day and even if I restart my phone and download antivirus, nothing.

This is the message:

"plus: within 3 days the phone will be locked! do you want to avoid it? pay off the installments immediately! in order to clarify this issue, please call 48 601 102 607"


March 20, 2019 at 10:37 AM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages

Do the following:

Open your web browser on your Android phone and let the page load.

Go to "Settings,"

Click "Privacy."

Click "Clear your Private."

Clear your "Browser History" and Cache.

Also, go to "Settings" and change your "Homepage" to

If the popup continues, remove unwanted or unknown apps from your device. This is because there maybe malicious app called adware that are generating the popups.

If all fails, backup your data and do a factory reset.


July 28, 2018 at 12:57 PM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages
an anonymous user from: Perry Hall, Maryland, United States

I have a persistent warning on my galaxy S9 when I use the weather app that says my phone will stop working within 24 if I don't do an update. I can't get rid of it and cannot see hourly weather. How can I make this stop appearing.



July 28, 2018 at 3:21 PM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages

You may have a free app that is displaying ads. Remove each app until you have discovered the one that is causing the problem.


July 22, 2018 at 9:21 PM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages
an anonymous user from: Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Awesome. I had a feeling it was fake, so I went on my computer to look it up


June 28, 2018 at 7:56 PM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages
an anonymous user from: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

I can not get the website that sent that msg about android launcher needs to be updated and the phone has virus to get of the web page. Any ideas?


June 10, 2018 at 10:28 PM by
The "Android Launcher Update Required" Fake and Malicious Messages
an anonymous user from: Pontiac, Michigan, United States

Here is another scam:

"Mobile Cleaner Update Required

Due to the hacking event reported on 6/9/2018, we have released a new Cleaner update and it is recommended it be applied to every Samsung SM-N950U phone.

Please update your Samsung SM-N950U device now by installing the latest Cleaner version: it takes up to 10 seconds to do.


If you do not do this, your Samsung device will stop working within 24 hours."


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