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Remove Chrome Update Center Pop up Scam (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Chrome Update Center Pop-up Ad. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

You may not think much of the random pop-up ads that may be showing on your screen whenever you are in your browser surfing the Internet but you should know that being annoying isn’t the only unpleasant feature of the different forms of banners, box messages and page-redirects that might be interrupting your browsing activities. Sometimes, a given web ad or banner or redirect may actually be a gateway for serious malware threats like Ransomware, Trojans and others, that could allow them to attack your computer. This is why you shouldn’t trust every web ad that you see on the Internet. Unfortunately, if Chrome Update Center or some other browser hijacker app is in your Firefox or Google Chrome or another browser, the ads won’t go away no matter what you do. Also, there may be changes to the search engine service and the homepage of the browser that could make the amount of advertising content that pops-up on your screen even greater. Generally, the representatives of the so-called browser hijacker category are seen as undesirable form of software exactly because of their tendency to cause irritation through their endless display of ads and through the unauthorized browser changes that they may introduce to the user’s browser. And while all this isn’t some sort of malicious and criminal activity aimed at harming your computer or compromising your online privacy and security, it is still important to be aware of the potential hazards that software like Chrome Update Center could lead to. Obviously, it is better if you do not keep such browser hijackers in your computer and if you do not allow them to operate within your browser. For those of you who need help with the uninstallation of the Chrome Update Center hijacker, you can find the needed assistance in the next guide.

Some information about the online ads coming from the hijacker

As we said, despite being different and far less harmful from Trojan Horses, Spyware, Ransomware and other nasty and nefarious malware programs, the browser hijacker apps like Chrome Update Center are still not the safest form of software that you could have within your computer’s system. The hijacker itself normally contains no malicious code and doesn’t have the ability to harm the computers it’s installed on. However, the main hazard for your virtual security are actually the adverts themselves. You should be well aware of the fact that you can’t trust every online banner or advert that you see on the Internet since you cannot know what their origins are and what they may be linked with. The same applies to the advertising materials that Chrome Update Center or another hijacker app may show in your browsing program. Since the ads never really stop as long as the hijacker is operational, it is very difficult to avoid all of the advertisements. Therefore, the best option you have in such a situation is to eliminate and fully uninstall the invasive ad-generating application and in that way free your browser of the invasive commercial messages.


Name Chrome Update Center
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive browser ads and changes to the homepage or the search engine service without your permission.
Distribution Method Software installation packages also known as program bundles.
Detection Tool

Remove Chrome Update Center Pop-up Scam

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Chrome Update Center from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Chrome Update Center from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Chrome Update Center from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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