The “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup is a misleading advertising that created in order trick you into installing an adware (modified version of Chromium browser that can be used for displaying lots of unwanted ads). If every time, when you browse the Internet with your web browser the “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up keeps annoying you, then it is a sign that adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) was installed on your PC system.
The ‘ad supported’ software can end up on your computer in various methods. In most cases is when you download and install freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the additional apps installation. Don’t panic because we’ve got the solution. Here’s a guidance on how to get rid of undesired “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up and thus get rid of any unwanted ads from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge and other web browsers.
The full text of the misleading advertising is:
The adware which shows misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up warnings on your PC system, may inject lots of ads directly to the sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertising links have been added by the makers of the web site. Moreover, a legal advertising banners may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious apps. Even worse, the ad-supported software can gather confidential data about you (your ip address, what is a web site you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
Therefore it is very important to follow the steps below as quickly as possible. The steps will allow you to get rid of adware as well as clean your PC system from the “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up scam. What is more, the tutorial below will help you remove other harmful software like undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, which can be installed onto machine along with the ‘ad supported’ software.
Remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up (removal guide)
The ad supported software is a form of malware that you might have difficulty in removing it from your PC system. Thankfully, you have found the effective “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup warnings removal guidance in this article. Both the manual removal way and the automatic removal solution will be provided below and you can just select the one that best for you. If you have any questions or need help then type a comment below. Some of the steps will require you to restart your machine or exit this site. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC”, use the steps below:
- Remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up scam without any tools
- How to remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up with free applications
- How to stop “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up scam
- Method of “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup intrusion into your system
- To sum up
Remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up scam without any tools
Most common ‘ad supported’ software may be removed without any antivirus applications. The manual adware removal is tutorial that will teach you how to delete the “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up.
Uninstall any suspicious software by using Control Panel
First, go to Microsoft Windows Control Panel and uninstall questionable programs, all applications you don’t remember installing. It’s important to pay the most attention to software you installed just before “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up appeared on your screen. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the screen below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and delete all dubious and unknown software. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. When you’ve found anything dubious that may be the adware that cause misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up warnings to appear or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then choose this program and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC system.
Fix browser shortcuts, changed by adware
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcut files. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text similar to “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcut files of all your web browsers, as they may be hijacked too.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then get rid of this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Reset Internet Explorer
If you find that IE internet browser settings like startpage, newtab page and default search engine having been replaced by ad-supported software that shows misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup warnings on your PC, then you may return your settings, via the reset browser procedure.
First, start the IE. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Reset Google Chrome
If your Chrome web browser is automatically re-directed to various unknown and unwanted web-pages, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
- First, run the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your FF is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web browser program.
Run the FF and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ‘ad supported’ software which cause misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up scam to appear. After, it’s finished, press the “Finish” button.
How to remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up with free applications
Use malicious software removal tools to remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up scam automatically. The free programs utilities specially designed for browser hijackers, adware and other potentially unwanted software removal. These tools can get rid of most of ad-supported software from Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Moreover, it may remove all components of adware from Windows registry and system drives.
Remove “Recommended Update for this PC” popup with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest you to run the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your machine of ad-supported software that causes web-browsers to open misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup scam. Moreover, the utility will allow you to delete PUPs, malware, toolbars and browser hijackers that your machine can be infected too.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
After downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the screen below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on your machine.
Once installation is done, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button for checking your computer for the adware which cause misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up warnings to appear. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
When Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) has completed scanning your system, a list of all items detected is created. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove ad supported software that displays misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup on your personal computer.
How to remove “Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up with Malwarebytes
Remove “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” fake alerts manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malware, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and browser hijackers that your personal computer can be infected too.
- Please go to the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is done, please close all applications and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Free onto your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will launch and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that causes multiple misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” alerts and popups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system. While the MalwareBytes Free program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- After the scan is finished, MalwareBytes will show a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected.
- All found threats will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply press the “Quarantine Selected” button. When the cleaning process is done, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
If the problem with “Recommended Update for this PC” popup is still remained
AdwCleaner is a portable tool which identifies and deletes undesired apps such as hijacker infections, ad supported software, toolbars, other web browser add-ons and other malware. It scans your system for adware that opens misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” fake alerts and prepares a list of items marked for removal. AdwCleaner will only erase those undesired programs that you wish to be removed.
Visit the following page to download AdwCleaner. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
After downloading is done, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to run the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” to perform a system scan for the adware that shows misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup warnings. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once AdwCleaner completes the scan, AdwCleaner will create a list of unwanted and adware software as shown on the screen below.
Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove adware which opens the “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop-up on screen and move items to the program’s quarantine. After that process is done, the tool may ask you to reboot your system. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” pop up scam
Run ad blocker program like AdGuard in order to block advertisements, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your PC performance and impact your computer security. Surf the Internet anonymously and stay safe online!
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When the downloading process is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. After the install is done, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will run automatically and block popups, “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Method of “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” popup intrusion into your system
To sum up
After completing the guidance above, your computer should be free from ad-supported software that causes misleading “There is a Recommended Update for this PC” alerts. The Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer redirect you to various intrusive sites and misleading ads. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.