The temporary suspension of Chrome’s browser update, announced by Google, was quite an unexpected measure. Although the company promised to freeze only the release of new features while continuing to routinely run security patches with patches, it had even more negative consequences than could have been imagined. This situation was taken advantage of by hackers who started distributing fake updates for the desktop version of Chrome, which actually turned out to be an application for remote management of TeamViewer computer and a program that records keystrokes.
Fake updates were reported by experts from Doctor Web, an anti-virus company. According to them, they found several sites the attackers used for distribution and counted more than 2000 downloads, which means there are about two thousand people who are at risk. Unlike Trojans impersonating other applications, fake updates have a much higher conversion rate because users don’t expect them.
You Can’t Update Google Chrome
Does this mean you can’t defend yourself against fake updates? Of course not.
First of all, you should make it a rule not to download updates from third parties, even if it’s from an official website. Today, developers distribute updates through applications without forcing users to look for them themselves. When the latest version becomes available, the program makes the installation itself or allows you to check their availability manually. In Chrome’s case, everything happens automatically, sometimes users are only required to confirm the reboot.
How to protect your device from viruses
Secondly, keep a close eye on what you install. Often, Chrome blocks dangerous downloads itself. But if this doesn’t happen, pay attention to the composition of the update you’ve downloaded on your computer. If it has multiple components, do not start the installation process. If you’ve downloaded it already then watch how the installer is designed. As a rule, intruders don’t bother with it too much and don’t try to repeat the original design of a fake application.
Thirdly, keep an eye on the news. We report situations like this on a regular and timely basis.
What if you have downloaded a fake update that turned out to be malware? Most likely, basic removal is unlikely to help but it’s worth a try, especially since TeamViewer is a fairly common program and not a virus. If you have Windows, go to the “Programs and Components” section and uninstall the program if you have it. However, with keyloggers that read keystrokes on your keyboard, everything is much more complicated. So to remove it, I would recommend using an antivirus program – this can definitely handle a virus of this type.