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Google Chrome Emergency Update

There was an Emergency Update to Google Chrome released by the search engine and marketing giant this weekend. While the update is listed as ‘critical’ Google has refrained from saying exactly what was in need of being patched by the update.

Despite the lack of information regarding the update, Google has stated that it is important to update your Google Chrome browser to version 81.0.4044.113 as soon as you are able to do so.

Why would Google Chrome Need an Emergency Update?

While Google is refraining from commenting on the exact nature of it’s critical update, we can guess as to the reason for it’s immediate need. Over the past few weeks there has been a slew of new Chrome-exclusive malware released. Over 49 Chrome extensions have been discovered to secretly engage in data harvesting without user authorization. 

One common thread found that most (if not all) of these malware attacks were related to cryptocurrency, so as long as you do not have any bitcoin-related extensions active on your browser, you are probably fine. Unfortunately; however, specific names of all the affected extensions are not yet available. (Thankfully Google did remove the afflicted extensions from their store.)

How to Install Google Chrome’s Emergency Update

The good news is that if you kept the default installation options, Chrome will update itself automatically. However, if you want to make absolutely sure that your browser is up to date, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click the more icon in the top right hand corner of your screen (Google Chrome More Icon).
  3. If you are not at the most current version of Google Chrome, there will be an option titled “Update Google Chrome“.
  4. Close and re-open the browser once the installation finishes.

How to Check That Chrome is Up to Date

If you do not see the option to update Google Chrome you might want to check that you are indeed running the most recent release. To check which version of Chrome you are running, do the following: 

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click the more icon in the top right hand corner of your screen (Google Chrome More Icon).
  3. Select ‘Help from the menu
  4. Select ‘About Google Chrome’ from the list. (This should be the first option offered.)
  5. A new tab will open in your browser and should look similar to the following image:
    Google Chrome is up to Date

    The current version of the browser will be displayed. If you have any available updates you will have the option to relaunch the browser.