'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert

'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert Description

The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert is part of a social engineering strategy that is used to distribute system optimization and security-related software. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert claims that it is necessary to download a bogus update for the victim's Web browser. This fake update is, in fact, a PUP system optimization program known as PC Performer. This fake system optimization program is designed to trick computer users into paying for a bogus license for the 'full version' of PC Performer. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert appears in the top left corner of the victim's monitor and is a message that may appear when visiting websites with poorly regulated content. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert also uses a logo that is very similar to the logo of Internet Explorer, making the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert particularly more effective at scamming computer users of this particular Web browser. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert may also appear if your Web browser has already been compromised by a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). If you have noticed the presence of the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert, ESG security researchers highly recommend the use of a strong anti-malware program to make sure that no unwanted components have been installed on your computer.

The Unnecessary Update Offered by the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert

When the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert appears, computer users may believe that it is necessary to update their Web browser. Despite the fact that the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert imitates the Internet Explorer logo, this fake message may affect any of the most popular Web browsers. Usually, the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert may appear in the top left corner of the screen. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert message itself makes the following claims:

  1. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert claims that an update for the victim's Web browser is available.
  2. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert claims that this fake update can provide a richer and more immersive user experience.
  3. The 'Browser Update Available' fake alert claims that its high definition video and graphic improvements can help you enjoy browsing the Web.

Unfortunately for computer users, the 'Browser Update Available' fake alert does not deliver on any of these promises. Instead, authorizing the download of this fake browser update, may result in the download of a bogus system optimizer.

Technical Information

More Details on 'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert

The following messages associated with 'Browser Update Available' Fake Alert were found:
Browser Update Available
Richer, more immersive user experiences
Experiment the web at its fullest
Beautiful HD video, faster graphics rendering and high performance

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