Video Update Recommended popup - How to remove

Video Update Recommended is a fake update warning, a malicious website that spreads malware and floods your browser with ads. It can affect Windows and Mac OS devices and different versions of this fake updater have been used in different ways, but this warning is always fake.

The Video Update Recommended popup is a fake message that was designed by cyber criminals in order to distribute various adware to random computers. The message can be displayed on most browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and even Internet Explorer. It appears out of nowhere and says that it is recommended to install a new video update for you. It’s similar to the Java Update Recommended scam and other Fake Updates. A fake update prompt is just one way for malware and malicious ads to be distributed. Video Update Recommended might infect your computer or expose you to scams, fraud, malware, and ads for unregulated diet pills.

Be careful, any time you see Video Update Recommended, just close the browser tab:

Type of threat
  • Adware
  • Scam
Dangers of Video Update Recommended
  • Malicious ads – scams, malware
  • Distracting ads
Causes of the pop-up
  • Adware viruses
  • Hijacked browser settings
  • Visiting infected websites
  • Ignore the pop-up
  • Remove adware from your computer (Combo Cleaner for Mac OS, SpyHunter for Windows)
  • Block malicious websites

Here’s what the Video Update Recommended popup looks like:

Video Update Recommended
Please install the new Video Update (RECOMMENDED)

Based on ffmpeg the leading Audio/Video codec library
Supports *.FLV, *.AVI, *.MOV, *.MKV, *.SWF and more
Super fast and user-friendly interface
100% Free & Safe-share it with your friends
Updating takes a few seconds and no restart needed after installation

This type of warning has been around for years. A newer version has slightly different text:

Video Update Recommended
Please install the new Video Update (RECOMMENDED)

Required to play FLV Files on your PC.
Easy: Just click a file to play it.
Playlist support.
Easy to install.
Zoom to full screen.
Slow motion option.
100% FREE.
Updating takes a few seconds and no restart needed after installation

If you click on the “Update” or “Install” button, you will actually agree to install some adware to your system. Many computer users end up getting Babylon or Delta Toolbar or some other potentially unwanted program, such as Yontoo or CouponBuddy. These applications bring lots of problems for the ones infected. You will be flooded with various advertisements and have to deal with attempts to redirect you to commercial websites.

Another version of Video Update Recommended adware comes in the form of a browser notification spammer. There are lots of pages that trick people to subscribe to notifications and then send unwanted ads every few minutes. This can clog up the browser and make it impossible to browse in peace. The newer version of Video Update Recommended does include the line “Click the Allow button to continue”, and the Allow button is for notifications.

Video Update Recommended is a dangerous scam

The problem with adware isn’t just that the ads are extremely annoying. Video Update Recommended adware spreads tech support scams, fake giveaways, financial scams, miracle cures, perpetual motion machines, fraudulent subscription services, and malware. Ads like this are considered dangerous and aren’t allowed on normal ad-networks because they put people who see these ads in danger. However, the sites that use the Video Update Recommended scam will take any chance to make money, so they’re willing to work with other criminals.

"Video Update Recommended" page

Ads like this can result in genuine harm to anyone who falls for these malicious scams. Here are a few examples:

  • Personal data may be exposed to criminals. Complete personal data can be sold for a few dozen dollars, might be used for stealing money, in criminal schemes.
  • Unauthorized charges from your credit card. Do not reveal your payment information to pages you don’t trust.
  • Money lost to buying low-quality, fake products from unreliable sources. Counterfeit goods are banned from normal ad-networks, but Video Update Recommended adware sites don’t have these standards.

How to avoid Video Update Recommended pop-ups

If you want to avoid encountering Video Update Recommended popups, make sure you are more attentive when downloading various freeware from the Internet. Many potentially unwanted programs and adware, including Video Update Recommended popups, come bundled with free PDF creators, video players, etc. Make sure you follow every installation step and refuse to download any additional applications that can be listed in the information text during the installation process.

Video Update Recommended is spread by adware infections. But PUPs aren’t necessary to see the Video Update Recommended page, in fact, your computer might be totally clean and you can still encounter it. It appears on infected sites and those that work with aggressive, even unethical ad-networks. Malicious pop-ups and redirects on these sites open various pages that might demand that you download a program, install a plugin, or subscribe to notifications – these are just lies to get you to download some adware.

If your system has already been affected, remove the adware that is responsible for the Video Update Recommended popup. Use a reputable antispyware software, for example, Spyhunter for Windows, Combo Cleaner for Mac OS, or another legitimate tool that you trust and run a full system scan. This will show if any adware has infected your system and allow you to remove it. Don’t forget to upgrade your antispyware to its newest version to ensure the detection and removal of the most recent unwanted programs. After all, outdated antivirus is as good as no antivirus.

If Video Update Recommended caused ad spam in your browser, block notifications in bulk, or just from malicious websites. Access the settings in your browser:

  • Chrome: type “chrome://settings/content/notifications” in the address box.
  • Safari: in the Safari menu, choose Preferences, Websites, Notifications.
  • Edge: open Settings, Advanced settings, Notifications, Manage.
  • Firefox: type “about:preferences#content” in the address bar, find the Notifications section.

There’s not that much you can do about the Video Update Recommended websites. If a site you know has good intentions got infected with malicious redirects, try to contact the owner because they might not be aware of the infection. If a site consistently has bad, aggressive ads, it might be best to avoid it. Ad-blockers can help, as can anti-malware programs that have real-time online protection and can block bad websites. And the most important thing is for you to recognize fake update alerts because malicious actors continue to use them to spread malware. Be vigilant and careful.

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