Did you get the ‘Firefox need to update immediately’ alert on your Firefox browser? If yes, be very careful as it is clearly a fake alert. Avoid at any cost clicking on the Start Update button.
The ‘Firefox need to update immediately!’ warning is a way to inject all types of malware into your computer system. The most common payloads are the ransomware Trojan identified as Urausy. Urausy displays a screen-sized pop-up alert and locks the webpage, browser and every other application. You cannot access applications until you process the pop-up. It takes the liberty to disable Windows as well.
Firefox is a widely used browser that hackers have taken advantage of to create ransomware. Malicious codes modify internet registry settings, causing computer vulnerability.
As any other, the main purpose of this virus is financial gain. When you click on the Start Update process, the virus is activated and additional alerts and pop-ups begin to display. Eventually a payment will also be demanded for crimes you have allegedly committed.
In the event you genuinely need to update your Firefox browser, use the official website.
‘Firefox Need to Update immediately’ removal steps:
- Restart your computer and tap the F8 key continuously to get to the Windows Advanced Options Menu. Select safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
- After windows launches, open Windows Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL. Find the processes related to the ‘Firefox needs to update immediately’ virus. Select them and kill the processes by clicking on End process button.
- Go through the paths below and delete files associated with the ransomware.
%appdata%\[random]\[random].exe C:\windows\System32\drivers\random.sys %appdata%\[random].exe %Programdata%\[random] %Temp%\[random].bat
- Remove the modified entries from the Registry Editor. Open RUN and type regeditin the text field and press Enter. This opens the Registry Editor. Go through the path below to delete any entries.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%Program Files%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -safe-mode’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%Program Files%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”‘ HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Firefox need to update immediately Virus\ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\[Random] HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = 0
By following the above steps, you will be able to completely remove the ‘Firefox need to update immediately’ virus from your computer. If you still experience issues, contact online Virus Removal services like Jupiter Support, who will guide you through the removal of the virus at a low cost of only $29.