If you use the Chrome browser and recently got a notification that your machine has been hacked with a virus, don’t be alarmed! This warning is not from Google; it’s from a malicious website that has infected your computer. We’ll explain what to do if you get this notification in this blog article and how to keep your computer safe from future assaults.
What kind of virus can infect Chrome?
Many types of malware can infect a computer, but the most common type of virus that affects Chrome is called “adware.” Adware is software that displays advertisements on your screen, often in the form of pop-ups. These ads can be annoying, but they’re usually not harmful. However, some adware is malicious and can track browsing habits or even steal personal information.
Other attack scenarios are possible, but we often see adware. Generally, whenever you visit a notification on your screen that says your machine has been hacked or infected with a virus, it’s likely a scam.
Google Chrome is the most popular browser worldwide, so it’s no surprise that hackers would want to target it. Fortunately, Chrome is also one of the most secure browsers available. That said, even the best security can’t always stop determined attackers.
If you see a notification that your machine has been hacked with a virus, don’t click on any links or enter personal information. This is a scam known as “phishing,” and clicking on the link will take you to a malicious website trying to steal your personal information.
Why do hackers want your data?
There are several reasons why hackers might want your personal information. They could be trying to steal your identity, or they could be trying to access your financial accounts. In either case, it’s important not to give them what they want and keep your information safe and secure.
What should you do if you see this notification?
So what should you do if you see this notification? The first step is to close the window by clicking on the ‘x’ in the top-right corner or pressing Alt+F four times. Once the window is closed, you can continue using Chrome as usual.
If you’re concerned that your machine may have been infected with malware, we recommend running a full scan with a security tool of your preference. If you don’t have any anti-malware software installed, we recommend installing a reputable program that helps you prevent future attacks.
How to prevent these attacks in the future?
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from these kinds of attacks in the future:
- Install a security toll and keep it up to date
- Don’t click on links from unknown sources
- Be careful when downloading files from the internet
- Keep your operating system and browser up to date
Do not be concerned if your computer is alerted to having been hacked or infected with malware. In most situations, it’s a ruse to steal your personal information. Simply close the window and go on using Chrome as usual. Security software installation and caution when clicking on links from unknown sources can also help you avoid future assaults.