How to remove Chrome Updater (Virus Removal Guide)

Chrome Updater (Chrome Updater virus, ChromeUpdater, Software Updater for Chrome) is detected as generic malware and adware that is usually promoted through a variety of deceptive and misleading advertisements. Once Chrome Updater adware has been contracted users will notice immediate changes to their browsers homepages and search engines, and may experience unwanted pop-up advertisements.

Chrome Updater virus

What is Chrome Updater?

Chrome Updater is usually aggressively promoted as a web utility that can increase the speed, boost security, and make automatic updates to Google Chrome browser and other internet browsers.

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The publisher describes Chrome Updater as a tool for Chrome that will automatically update all of your software and files to the newest, most secure version. They claim that “Chrome Updater will make sure your computer is safe and secure as well as running at its optimal performance.

However, Chrome Updater is not a helpful or necessary tool. The Google Chrome browser can automatically update, which leaves this tool obsolete. The internet security community has labeled this object as harmful and unethical. Chrome Updater is known to cause many problems for computer users.

Chrome Updater serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users browsing the internet, and targeted advertisements can only be produced if the program has access to extensive user browsing data. Chrome Updater adware can access and gather user browsing data, including  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, Chrome Updater bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Third-party programs and malware that can bundle with Chrome Updater adware will cause other issues aside from pop-up advertisements. Other issues include unwanted browser redirections to sponsored webpages, like, decreased computer productivity, and decreased internet speed.

Chrome Updater adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Chrome Updater is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did Chrome Updater get on my computer?

Chrome Updater adware can be contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user through third-party programs and files that have remained undetected on the computer system. The potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and files that deliver the adware are usually contracted without user consent alongside freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content.

Additionally, computer and internet users who seek to download and install free items online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a custom offer to install Chrome Updater adware and other programs. However, the request to decline Chrome Updater adware from installing is often presented in a very deceptive manner, which can make it confusing for a computer user. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Chrome Updater from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit and read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, downloads, and themes.
  • Bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • Usually packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as, Softonic, and others.
  • Injects visited webpages with pop-up, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
  • Makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program is disabled it will enable itself to run.
  • Detected as several variants of malware, including generic malware, such as MalSign.Generic.95F by reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware programs.


  • A file associated with this program is Chrome_Updater.exe.


How to remove Chrome Updater (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Chrome Updater extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Chrome Updater extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the Chrome Updater add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the Chrome Updater extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Chrome Updater from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Chrome Updater and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove Chrome Updater virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Chrome Updater malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.