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A Chrome threat???

Discussion in 'General Security' started by ungeek, May 13, 2018.

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  1. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
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    Win 10 Home ver 1709 OS build 16299.431

    Chrome 66.0.3359.170

    I've gotten some notices recently that Chrome was out-of-date. I now recognize good advice when I hear it so, I do take advantage of automatic updates on software. (I wasn't a particularly good child.) Not overly concerned since I figured an update would come through.

    Another notice today and my Google search that pointed me to www.whatismybrowser.com which informed me my Chrome version was "66."

    Downloaded nothing. I checked afterwards and my Chrome version appears up-to-date.
    So? What is up with the notices o'wise ones? Anything I should be concerned about?

    Thanks, DC
     
  2. flavallee

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    You have the most current stable non-beta version of Google Chrome. (y)

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  3. Triple6

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    Chrome downloads and updates itself in the background, the notice you got was probably that an update was available and it was going to install the update for you.
     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    There are some current scams around on some sites that will pop up an alert saying your browser is out of date. They are hoping you will click the link & install the fake update & get infected
    We have seen this sort of thing for adobe flash & Adobe reader for years. It is relatively recent that they are telling you about out of date browsers.
    They detect which browser is in use visiting the site & pop up a message relating to that browser

    The correct & safe way to check fro updates in Chrome is click three 3 dots ( menu button ) at top right, select help / about Google Chrome & that will fire off an automatic check & update if necessary. Never respond to any pop up messages
    Similar in Firefox but you have to manually allow the update
    IE is only via windows update
     
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  5. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    Thanks, flavallee, that was what I presumed.

    My concern is a potential risk and the repeated notices that my Google was out of date. Uh, or just random notices in hope that someone will bite?
     
  6. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    Thanks, for your contribution.
    Rob
     
  7. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    Something like that was what I had in mind, yet nice to have have confirmation. Except for auto Microsoft updates, others need to ask permission. Appreciate your input
     
  8. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    SOLVED it seems; Suitable explanation is appreciated
    DC
     
  9. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Chrome and Firefox both normally auto-update and don't even inform you about it. BUT on occasions both will need to restart the browser and will tell you that you need to restart browser to install the update.

    I have heard of very occasional genuine pop ups saying update the browser but that is only when you have not closed the browser or rebooted the computer for a very long period. That should never happen on W10 because you get a forced update & reboot at least once a month and sometimes more often.

    Both Chrome & firefox install pending updates when you start the browser
     
  10. ungeek

    ungeek Thread Starter

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    Thank you.
     
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