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Just Say NO to Flash Player Updates

Adobe’s Flash Player is Ubiquitous

It is employed on virtually every computer in the world.

It’s purpose is to enable live streaming of videos, ads, news articles and the like that take the form of movies or animations.

For years now, one of the most popular distribution vehicles for malware has been fake Adobe Flash Player downloads.  I can’t even count the number of infected PCs that started with one of these downloads.  Ransomware is frequently distributed this way.  This last week I found something I had never seen before.  An infected MacBook Air with two different Google Chrome extensions that were malware — and — after an extensive virus scan, the catalyst for all this nastiness turned out to be a bogus download of Adobe Flash Player.

So it seems like it’s time once more to reiterate what I’ve been saying for at least 10 years.

 

  • Do NOT click on any website links that tell you your Flash Player is out-of-date.
  • If you do receive one of these notices, go directly to Adobe’s site
  • https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
  • Download the appropriate file from Adobe
  • Install it
  • And you are OK.

Keep in mind any site that pops up one of these messages is probably infected and you should avoid it in the future (unless it is YouTube).

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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