“Outdated Browser Detected” adware (What is it ?)

Outdated Browser DetectedYou are using the internet and a popup pops up telling you your browser is outdated. This alert telling you “Outdated Browser Detected” is called a social engineering trick. Distributors of adware or malware are tying to trick you into downloading their software on your computer. Once you see this “Outdated Browser Detected” message on your screen, you visited a hacked website with javascript redirects installed or you are already infected with adware.

Why do distributors spread their adware using this fake alerts
Distributors spread this adware because it makes them money using affiliate links, inline text advertisements or traffic to their website. This adware they deliver is big business, they can use your browser history for further review or to sell this information to malicious advertise networks. Using this browser history they can see whats trending and to jump in at this trend to spread more adware and make more money.

Now you know why adware is spread and what this “Outdated Browser Detected” message is all about, lets see what it does. Once you see this alert, you will see the following message on your screen.

Outdated Browser Detected

Internet Explorer Update!

It is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version to view this page.
Please update to continue.

This “Internet Explorer Update!” alert will popup with in the background the following message.

Outdated Browser Detected

You are currently using – Chrome 30 – which is now outdated
Please Update The Latest Browser Version (Recommended)


1. Security
1.1 The newest browser version protects you better against scams, viruses, trojans, phishing and other threats. They also fix security holes in your current browser!

2. Speed
2.1 Every new browser generation improves speed

3. Compatibility
3.1 Websites using new technology will be displayed more correctly

4. Comfort & better experience
4.1 WIth new features, extensions and better customisability, you will have a more comfortable web-experience

This is strange, we are visiting with Chrome version 30 and the alert tells me i need to update my Internet Explorer. After a few seconds a download popups up to download: Internet_Explorer_Setup.exe. Well why not, let’s download and install.
The installer is made by Tiny Installer, a known malicious bundler. It is used to bundle non-malicious software with malicious software to spread adware.

As you can see this update is fake and used to trick the computer user into installing adware. It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

Scan your computer for adware

Step 1 – Remove malicious adware using AdwCleaner (free)

Step 2 – Remove malicious adware using Junkware Removal Tool (free)

Step 3 – Scan your computer using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free to clean your computer from adware, viruses

Step 4 – OPTIONAL : Reset your Browser

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove Outdated Browser Detected from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails. Need help ? Ask for our assistance and the end of this instruction.

Remove Outdated Browser DetectedRemove Outdated Browser Detected using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove Outdated Browser Detected - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove Outdated Browser Detected

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove Outdated Browser Detected

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

Remove Outdated Browser DetectedRemove Outdated Browser Detected left overs using Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool will not only remove this threat from your computer, but Junkware Removal Tool will scan and remove any threat from your computer that is malicious. Junkware Removal Tool is a great tool to completely clean your computer from any threat and highly recommended to use frequently to keep your computer clean and healthy. Best of all it’s free and updated regularly.

Download Junkware Removal Tool (Official link and direct-download)

Select JRT.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove Outdated Browser Detected

If User Account Control asks you to allow JRT.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove Outdated Browser Detected

As described on thisisudax.org

Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer.  A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue.  This tool will help you remove these types of programs.

Please note: Close all your browsers, save any work and then press any key to continue.
Your desktop may blink or a new window may open during the scan and removal process of junkware removal tool.

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When Junkware Removal Tool is done scanning and removing malicious items from your computer a logfile will open.

Reset browser settings

For the Outdated Browser Detected alert it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this browser hijacker is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of axisearch.com as homepage. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button
  6. Click Reset once more

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart

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