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
- 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).