Do you know what Msoft Update is?
Msoft Update is an application that can appear on your system without your notice and show you potentially unsafe third-party commercial ads in your Google Chrome browser. As a matter of fact, our researchers tested this questionable browser extension in our internal lab and concluded that this is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP in short. At first sight, this PUP may strike you as a Microsoft updater and you may keep it in your browser for that reason. But that would be a mistake as this tool can provide you with a flow of potentially harmful third-party ads through an advertising site. It is also important for us to mention that this PUP installs six other questionable extensions behind your back that can also put your virtual security at risk and expose you to unsafe web content. We are convinced that the presence of this PUP and the related threats can sooner or later cause further infections and security issues for you and your system. This is why we believe that you should remove Msoft Update without a second thought.
Our researchers have also concluded that this PUP does not have any official representation and you cannot download it from any reputable source, including the Chrome web store itself. This fact should already raise the red flag for any security-minded user. In fact, this alone should be enough to convince you to want to delete Msoft Update from your browser. But this is obviously not our only argument against this PUP. Unfortunately, we have found it spreading in freeware bundles containing other threats. This means that if you install such a bundle, you can infect your system with other PUPs as well as malicious software installers, such as adware programs, Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, browser hijackers, and so on. So it is not enough that this PUP forces the installation of other six potentially harmful extensions without your knowledge, its presence can also be a sign that there are more serious malware threats on board as well.
It is not even that difficult to infect your system with such a malicious software package. It is enough to click on the wrong third-party ad or other content that does not look like an ad as it may be disguised as a button or notification. Such contents are usually found on suspicious websites, such as online gambling, torrent, freeware, and porn pages. You need to try to keep away from such pages at all costs because sometimes it is enough to click in a search input field or just around it to trigger the opening of a new tab or a new browser window with malicious content. The same is true for downloading free files and programs from torrent and freeware pages; it is most likely that you will download a whole bundle packed with some nasty surprises if you are not careful enough. We advise you to delete Msoft Update as soon as you can. Once done with that, you should scan your system with a malware scanner you can truly trust to identify all possible threat sources, which you need to take care of them afterwards.
This browser extension makes itself visible in your Google Chrome browser as a typical settings icon in the top-right corner of your browser window. If you click on this button, it takes you to a support.microsoft.com to convince you that it really has something to do with Microsoft. This PUP is totally worthless and may only cause problems for you. It actually displays questionable third-party pop-up ads, which are not only annoying and distracting, they can also present certain risks for you. Our researchers say that this application may use yourshoppingwizard.com to redirect you to potentially harmful websites. Clicking on any content provided by this PUP could indirectly harm your computer as you may drop infections without even noticing it. What could be even worse, you might end up on fake online shopping sites and disclose your personal and banking details to cyber criminals. This could end very badly for you as not only your money could be stolen but your identity, too, and it could be used for committing online frauds. Most likely these are not the scenarios you would like to imagine in your virtual world. Thus, we recommend that you remove Msoft Update right now.
We have found that it is possible to eliminate this threat simply by removing its browser extension through your browser's menu. It is possible that you have never done this before; therefore, we have prepared the instructions for you, which you can find below this article. The proper protection of your PC should be your priority if you take safety seriously. You can do a lot to help your system stay clean by not landing on suspicious websites and not clicking on questionable third-party ads or e-mails. However, it is still best to apply a professional anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) that can take care of all the threats automatically. If you do not want to be worried all the time when you go surfing the web, this could be peace of mind for you.
Remove Msoft Update from browser
- Tap Alt+F to display the menu.
- Navigate to More tools and then, select Extensions.
- Find the undesirable extension and click on the Trash can on the right.
- In the confirmation window, click Remove.
In non-techie terms:
Msoft Update is probably one of the most useless browser extensions. This tool can only work in Google Chrome. According to our researchers, this is a potentially unwanted program that can pose a threat to your virtual security. In fact, this application pretends to be a Microsoft updater as its name also suggests; this is how the creators want to make sure that users do not remove it when they notice its presence. This tool displays questionable third-party advertisements (pop-ups) while you are browsing the web. Clicking on these ads could lead to further infections or online scams. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Msoft Update as soon as possible. If you cannot seem to protect your computer from such threats or worse, we recommend that you install a trustworthy malware removal tool.