The “Please update your browser” is an ‘ad’ page, already at the first sight of which there are various doubts. This web site is created only for one purpose – display misleading ads in order to to trick you download and start an unknown file that in reality is another adware or malware. The appearance of such ads in your web-browser means that your PC system is infected with adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). This type of malicious applications does not delete files or infect them, but like a virus can change PC system settings such as the home page, newtab page and search provider by default and download and install malicious extensions that generates a huge number of pop-up ads. All the time, while the adware is running, your browser will be fill with annoying advertisements. Moreover, this adware will be able to collect a large number of information about you, everything related to what are you doing on the Web. Thus, it’s clear that the presence of ‘ad supported’ software on your computer is not desirable, and you need to clean up your personal computer in order to get rid of “Please update your browser” pop-ups as quickly as possible.
The ‘ad supported’ software usually affects only the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge by changing the browser’s settings or installing a harmful extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the system for web browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the web browser, you will see an annoying “Please update your browser” ad page.
The ad supported software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to open dozens of pop-up ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. It is designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or redirect the browser to not expected and intrusive advertising pages. Moreover, the ad supported software can substitute the legitimate advertising banners on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit dangerous web-pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-sites, so the creators of ad supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
So, obviously, you need to remove the ad supported software as quickly as possible. Use the free steps below. This guide will help you clean your PC and thereby delete the “Please update your browser” annoying ads.
How can you protect your personal computer from “Please update your browser” pop-ups
How to manually remove “Please update your browser” pop-up virus
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of “Please update your browser” pop-up from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove “Please update your browser” ads from FF
- Get rid of “Please update your browser” pop-up ads from Google Chrome
- Delete “Please update your browser” advertisements from IE
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of unwanted advertisements and internet browser redirect to unwanted web pages, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs category as shown below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the figure below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of installed programs. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the web browser redirect to unwanted “Please update your browser” pop-ups. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of software installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of annoying popup ads and internet browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program, you need to delete, is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown on the image below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the adware is started, it can also alter the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted advertisements.
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 which begins with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove “Please update your browser” ads from FF
First, launch the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of “Please update your browser” pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby get rid of the “Please update your browser” unwanted pop-up that is caused by the adware.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will run the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s done, the web-browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Delete “Please update your browser” advertisements from IE
To remove the “Please update your browser” pop-ups you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” prompt like below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the task is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you run your computer, it will display “Please update your browser” unwanted web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ applications.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious applications. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove “Please update your browser” redirect with Malwarebytes
Remove “Please update your browser” advertisements manually is difficult and often the ‘ad supported’ software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and remove the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your computer. Moreover, this free application will help you to delete internet browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your PC may be infected too. You can follow the few simple steps below to remove the “Please update your browser” annoying advertisements completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is complete, you will see window like below.
Now press on the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole PC to find out adware that shows unwanted “Please update your browser” pop-ups. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the scan is complete, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. Once the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to get rid of adware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Block “Please update your browser” pop-ups and other unwanted web-sites
To increase your security and protect your system against new unwanted ads and malicious web sites, you need to use program that blocks access to dangerous ads and pages. Moreover, the application can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is done, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which 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 launch your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop annoying ads, unwanted “Please update your browser” pop-ups, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete “Please update your browser” pop-up virus and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot delete the unwanted “Please update your browser” pop-ups from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ad-supported software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 2, 2020
After downloading is complete, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is opened, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and adware which displays the “Please update your browser” ads. Once the system scan is done, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the cleaning process is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to remove adware, browser hijackers and other malicious applications.
After completing the few simple steps outlined above, your machine should be free from malware and adware. The Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge will no longer show “Please update your browser” annoying pop-ups or redirect you to unwanted web-sites. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.