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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


SecurityPatchUpdater could be an application that updates your programs with security patches, as its name would suggest; however, it is totally misleading and hence suspicious as well, since we have discovered that this is a simple ad-supported program. As a matter of fact, this adware seems to display coupon and offer type advertisements instead of doing any updates whatsoever. It is obvious that the name is a simple trick to fool users into believing that this is a useful application, should they find it on their computers surprisingly. Because, in fact, it is more likely that this adware sneaks onto your system in a bundle than you download it knowingly. Since the presence of this annoying and unreliable application may put your system’s security in the arms of danger, you should not hesitate to remove SecurityPatchUpdater. Let us share with you what we have noticed by carefully testing this infection and how you can protect your PC from similar malware attacks.

Originally, securitypatch.com used to be the official promotional site for this adware, but it seems that this site is down for the “moment.” So we have an application that does not even have a website right now, yet, it seems to be spreading on the web somehow. A possible reason for this can be that it may be found in free software bundles. But when we say “bundles,” we mean that it may be packages filled with a couple of malware programs, and not just the one.

Therefore, it is quite possible that SecurityPatchUpdater is not the only adware that displays potentially harmful third-party ads on your computer screen while you go surfing the web. It is also a possibility that your browsers have been hijacked and now there is a questionable search engine as you home page and default search engine. These malware threats might slow down your computer and can seriously disrupt your browsing experience; however, the worst they can do is to expose you to unreliable web content, which could be a gateway to cyber criminals. If you do not want to find out how these people can scam you, we advise you to delete SecurityPatchUpdater right now.

This application is not different from any ad-supported program. Its main goal is obviously to generate web traffic to certain websites, which, in return, pay the creators of this adware a certain amount of money. Everything is about the number of clicks on the displayed advertisements. SecurityPatchUpdater may be able to collect information about your browsing activities, which can be misused by criminals posing as third parties to send targeted ads to your screen. These ads may then redirect you to malicious websites. The biggest problem with these ads is that you cannot tell the difference between a legitimate one and a corrupted one; they all look the same, they all seem to be the “best offer.” Our “best offer” is however that you should eliminate this threat source by removing SecurityPatchUpdater as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, it is not a single-step mission to take out this infection. First, you have to uninstall it via Control Panel. This will also take care of the extension in Internet Explorer, but you will have to manually remove the extensions from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If you need help, please use our instructions below. It is possible that you do not want to or do not dare to try to wage this malware war manually. Therefore, we suggest that you use a professional antimalware application that will solve all your security issues with the click of a button.

How to remove SecurityPatchUpdater from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Press the Start button and pick Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. Access Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and click Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X and pick Programs and Features.
  2. Click on the application and click Uninstall.

How to remove SecurityPatchUpdater from browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. Pick Extensions.
  3. Select the extension and click on the Trash icon on the right.
  4. Press Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+T andn go to Add-ons.
  2. Choose Extensions in the left panel.
  3. Click on the extension and click Remove.
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