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This page aims to help you remove Chrome Update Pending “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If a browser hijacker the likes of Chrome Update Pending “Virus” is presently on your computer, then it would actually be next to impossible not to notice its presence. Unlike Ransomware, Trojans, Rootkits and other nasty malware infections, typical browser hijacker apps such as Chrome Update Pending do not try to hide their presence inside the system by operating in silence and in disguise. In fact, the whole purpose of a hijacker is basically to get noticed by the user. If an app like that is on your computer, you will likely start noticing changes in the browser (Firefox, Edge, Chrome or any other) such as a replaced starting page address or search engine tool as well as modifications to the toolbar. Random ads are likely to start disrupting your browsing experience and you might also start to get redirected to different sites and pages that the hijacker is trying to generate more traffic for. Naturally, all of that could lead to frustration in the user since it could be rather difficult to use your browser in a normal fashion if you are at all times getting bombarded with obstructive pop-up ads, blinking banners, flashy commercial messages and page-redirects to unknown web locations. If all that is currently going on inside your system once you start the browser, then you most probably have an app such as Chrome Update Pending “Virus” that has managed to latch onto your browser and is currently using it as a means of spreading its ads. The good news is that you can easily put an end to this if you manage to locate and remove the hijacker from your machine. If that is what you’d like to do, we can help you with it – our guide down below includes all the instructions that you may need to follow in order to uninstall Chrome Update Pending “Virus” and clean your browser so that it no longer gets spammed with obnoxious advertising materials.

Remove Chrome Update Pending “Virus”

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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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 Pending 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 Pending from Firefox:

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

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

Hijacker danger – should you be concerned about your computer’s safety?

Normally, an app like Chrome Update Pending wouldn’t be able to directly threaten the safety of your PC nor would it be supposed to do so in the first place. As we said, this is no Trojan or Ransomware infection so you have no reason to get panicked and worry about your machine’s security. However, hijackers are still not perfectly safe – their adverts and sudden page redirects might sometimes contain hidden dangers and there’s no way of knowing if a given ad or page redirect may potentially compromise the safety of the computer. That is the reason we always say it’s simple better to not take any chances and to simply get rid of the irritating app. However, one must not forget that it is just as important to prevent future hijacker installation by being more selective with the online locations that they visit and with the download sources that they use. It should also go without saying that opening sketchy e-mails that might be spam and interacting with obscure and possibly misleading online offers and ads is also highly inadvisable if you want to keep your computer well-protected.


Name Chrome Update Pending
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  It’s actually rather difficult not to notice the pesky ads and page redirects triggered by the hijacker.
Distribution Method File/installation bundling is the most commonly used method.
Detection Tool

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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