Dangerous Downloads

Dangerous Downloads

Potentially Dangerous Downloads from the internet are one of the biggest risks for your computer to be infected with malicious software or viruses. The problem happens when users download what they think are “Good” programs, but the bad guys have taken the “Good” program and added their infected program as an free “bonus”.

Sometimes during the install installation, the license acceptance screens will advise that other programs are being installed, but people are so used to clicking Yes or Continue or Next, the bad stuff gets installed along with the good program.

Another problem can be “fake” programs that do damage. One of the most faked or corrupted programs is Adobe Flash Player. If you download it from some sites, it will install an infected version that can do damage. Always be careful that you are downloading the program from the original source. Adobe Flash and Shockwave should be downloaded from Adobe.COM.

Fake Adobe Flash Player Alert

Here is an image of a typical fake Adobe Flash Warning.
Note the Page at download.adobeoo is not a real adobe site. It may or may not be listed.
Fake Adobe Flash Update

When you click the OK to get the new file, notice the URL at the top left is still a fake:
Fake Adobe Flash Download

Even though it looks real if you download and install from here you are installing Malware/ virus on your computer. NOTE THAT THIS AFFECTS MAC’s and PC’s alike.

IF YOU THINK YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR ADOBE FLASH PLAYER OR ADOBE SHOCKWAVE PLAYER GO TO ADOBE.COM AND DOWNLOAD IT FROM THERE. It will typically be listed at the bottom of the page

Fake Java Alert

There are also fake Java alerts as well

Java Update

If you see that type of message when visiting a web site, you should close your browser and then go to java.com and update it from there.

Better to take 5 minutes and make sure you are getting the right stuff, than risking downloading something that may infect you computer and possibly cause you to lose your data.

 

 

 

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