Remove Update_MSI (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Update_MSI. This Update_MSI removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Update_MSI is a nasty adware infection. It has no other purpose but to display advertisements. The name “Update_MSI” is not randomly chosen. When the user stumbles upon it in the Task Manager, they may consider it an important process. Yet, the Update_MSI utility is not essential for your OS. On the contrary, if you let it operate, it can cause some irreversible damage to your computer.

The Update_MSI adware has one true goal, to generate revenue for its owners. To do so, it employs the so-called pay-per-click marketing system. This means that the people behind the furtive utility will get paid for every ad you click on. Hence, Update_MSI must make sure that the ads are appealing to you. It is an easy task. The adware will collect data about you and use it to select advertisements for you. You must be wondering what kind of data may help them? Well, it must have something to do with your current needs or interests. And to find this specific information about you, the Update_MSI adware will monitor your online activities.

The Update_MSI utility is spying on you. Constantly! It knows your favorite websites and which pages you view. Your search inquiries are no mystery to the malicious app. Thus, for example, if you enter “sneakers” into a search engine, the Update_MSI adware will start to display all kinds of special deals and discounts for similar shoes. But those ads are not your friends. Neither are they some great deal-finders. They are there to lure into visiting some shady websites. The adware has no checking mechanism. Anyone willing to pay can use its services. Be aware, some of the promoted web stores are a scam. It is not wise to make online purchases while this parasite remains active on your machine.

The Update_MSI adware blocks all ads by its competitors. You will see only what the app allows you to see. It will rob you from your free choice and soon, you will lose track of the current situation on the market. You will become an easy target. Furthermore, the parasite can collect all kinds of information about your online activities, including your user names and passwords. And it won’t keep this information for itself. Every bit of data will be sent to the owners of the Update_MSI utility. And they can do whatever they want with it, including selling it to third parties. Can you imagine what may happen if your credit card details end up in the hands of a capable hacker? Don’t risk your security, delete this pest immediately.

The ads Update_MSI displays are annoying, distracting and misleading. But they can be dangerous for your computer, too. A malicious ad may link you to an infected website. It takes less than a wink of an eye for a virus to be distributed to your computer. It happens via the so-called drive-by download. These types of downloads don’t require the user’s interaction and are almost completely invisible. For all these reasons, drive-by downloads are often used by hackers for malware distribution.

The Update_MSI adware didn’t appear out of nowhere. You were the one who installed it. Don’t be harsh on yourself. You didn’t know what was going to happen. You were deceived! The adware may have arrived in a bundle. To make some extra money, developers often add extra programs to the installation file of many freeware and shareware. They would also recommend the standard installation method and describe the advanced one as suitable for IT gurus only. There is nothing complicated in the custom option. Neither is it time-consuming. It is a simple step-by-step installation wizard, yet, only by using it can you see a list of all additional apps and abort their installation. We recommend deselecting all of the extras. Yes, these apps do appear useful, however, if you take a moment to consider the situation, you will realize that if you truly needed such tools, would have downloaded them by yourself.

The Update_MSI adware may have arrived via spam emails or torrents. Scammers are very imaginative nowadays. They write emails on behalf of well-known companies and organizations. Their purpose is to lure you into downloading the attached files. These files are potentially dangerous. Before opening an email, check the sender’s contacts. For example, if you have received a letter from an organization, visit their official website and compare the email address written there with the one you have received a message from. If they don’t match, you can be sure that the email you received is a scam. Delete it immediately.

Update_MSI Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Update_MSI from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Update_MSI from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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