If you were using your computer and received a notification that said “You are using an older version of Chrome” and continued to download the file, you have likely fallen victim to a social engineering attack.
The notification isn’t really sent by Google Chrome but rather some malware that, once you click on the file, will install an unhealthy dose of adware on your computer. The adware will then show banner advertisements when you visit websites the next time you open a web browser, putting another layer of ads on top of the ones that you already see from the sites that you’re visiting (if there were to be any). This extra layer of ads has nothing to do with the sites that you visit; instead, the developers of the adware program will benefit from the revenue made as they follow you around to site after site collecting more views.
Adware doesn’t benefit anybody but the people who develop it: People begin to dislike the Windows operating system for not being perfect, they hate advertisements and will do what they can to block them in future, so forth.
You may have noticed the “You are using an older version of Chrome” fake alert after downloading a free file online from an untrustworthy source, such as a movie torrent file from a torrenting website.
The good news is that there are programs out there that can help you remove the adware from your computer so you no longer get the fake alerts or any other adware that may be on your computer.
This tutorial demonstrates how to remove the “You are using an older version of Chrome” fake alerts that aren’t really sent by Google Chrome.
How to Remove “You are using an older version of Chrome” Fake Alerts
1. Head to the official AdwCleaner webpage from Malwarebytes and click on the “Free Download” link toward the bottom of the page.
2. If your browser gives you a notification that says “This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the adwcleaner_x.exe anyway, click on the “Keep” button.
3. Click to open the AdwCleaner file once it has finished downloading.
4. If User Account Control prompts you, click on the “Yes” button.
5. Click on the “I Agree” button when you get to the welcoming and license agreement screen.
6. Click on the “Scan Now” button to scan your computer of adware and potentially unwanted programs.
7. The AdwCleaner tool will now quickly scan your computer and find the threats.
8. Click on the “Clean & Repair” button from the Scan results page to clean the computer.
9. You can choose to “Clean and Restart Later” or Clean and Restart Now” depending on what suits your needs. Any unsaved work will be lost if you proceed to shut down now, but you’ll want to shut it down before expecting your computer to be ridded from the adware.
10. After a few minutes, the AdwCleaner interface will automatically open itself up on your computer’s display once again and show you the results.
11. Any adware that was detected will now be held in the “Quarantine” section of the AdwCleaner program. You can if you prefer still uninstall the AdwCleaner from your computer after you’re finished your scans and still expect to browse the Web without seeing the adware that you were before.