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‘Outdated Browser Detected’ Pop-Up Ads

Posted: October 21, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 9,290
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 3,337
First Seen: October 21, 2013
Last Seen: October 16, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads are a series of unsafe advertisements designed to install threats under the pretense of providing updates for your browser. They may be distinguished from legitimate browser updates by their appearances on unrelated, third-party websites – as well as the fact that they claim your browser is out-of-date regardless of what version you're using. Because malware experts have seen both low and high-level PC threats distributed through the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads, it should be a priority for your PC's safety to block the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads with suitable browser security features and remove any threat installed through them with appropriate anti-malware tools.

The Update Advertisements that Want What's Worst for Your Browser

The 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads are one of many formats of fake software updates that are meant to trick their victims into installing threatening software that's disguised as an update for your current browser. Similar pop-up attacks that use the same basic scam include the 'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert, the 'Notice! Please update your FLV Player' Fake Pop-up Alert, the 'Warning Critical Update!' Pop-up, the 'You need to update your version of media player' Virus, the 'Update your browser' message, the 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' and the 'Adobe PDF Reader Software Upgrade Notification'.

Unlike legitimate update alerts, the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads are delivered through advertising networks and third-party websites that are unrelated with any reputable browser-marketing company like Microsoft or Google. The fact that the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads come from disreputable sources usually is the only clue you have to the harmful intent behind the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads, which may install PC threats. In most cases, the installation process may include an intermediary Trojan dropper that installs the true payload and then deletes itself, which makes it difficult to isolate the threat that the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads has installed.

Keeping Your Browser Up-To-Date on the Latest in Web-Browsing Protection

The 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads also may abuse software vulnerabilities to install their payloads, even when you try to refuse their fraudulent updates. As protection against these attacks, SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend full use of all available browser security features, the incorporation of anti-malware security into your basic Web-surfing routine and, of course, common sense about avoiding risky sites that have histories of peddling fake updates. Updating all your software regularly also can reduce, if not completely remove the vulnerabilities that may be exploited by the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads.
If you've had any contact with the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads, the resulting infection always should be considered a potential security problem until the 'Outdated Browser Detected' pop-up ads is removed by suitable anti-malware utilities.

Technical Details

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected:
The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Outdated browser detected, you are using Chrome which is now outdated
Please update the latest version of Chrome (Recommended).