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Fake Google Chrome update – malware by email

What's in a Shady Update? Trojan, Anyone?
Cybercriminals are well known for their preference to cash in on people’s interest in what’s new and hot in the e-world. Web sites apparently hosting the latest browser updates count as classic honeypots as it would almost be a shame  for e-crooks to disregard the huge potential of security conscious users' fears in the race for illegal gains.

How does the fake Google Chrome update received by email looks like?

A little bit of planning is mandatory in order for the story to be a success. So here’s how this evergreen saga goes: a totally “fair-minded helping hand” type of e-mail gets to users’ Inboxes and recommends that they can now download an update of their Chrome browser. All they have to do is follow a given link. Alerta update Google Chrome

As you can very well imagine, the fake browser update hides malware, which frequently allows remote, clandestine access to the infected system. In this way, cybercriminals can upload and install additional malicious or potentially unwanted software on the captured system.

How can you get protected from fake updates?

In order to stay safe, never click on suspicious update links embedded in emails. To always stay on the safe side of things, make sure you download the software you need only from the official vendor’s website. And, of course, it's even better to install and update a complete antimalware software solution. If you think your computer was infected, you can scan it for free using BullGuard Virus Scan.                                                                                                                        Posted by Sabina Datcu  

Written by Sabina Datcu

Sabina has background training in applied informatics and statistics, biology, and foreign languages and literatures. In 2003, she obtained a Master’s degree in Systems Ecology, and in 2009 a PhD degree in Applied Informatics and Statistics. In May 2013, she started as an independent e-threats researcher, and in August, she became part of the BullGuard Marketing Team, as a Social Media Specialist after previous experience at Bitdefender as part of the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team.

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