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Fake Flash Player Downloads Can Ruin Your Day

I have warned about these in the past, but always drawing on personal experience or case histories, I thought it important to apprise y’all on what can happen while you are minding your own business just surfing the web.

Malware Alert!

Malware Alert!

Only a few minutes ago I was searching for a particular video of David Gilmour performing an acoustic version of Breathe.  A friend had shared one on FaceBrick, but it’s copyright status prevented it being shown in the U.S.  So I hopped over to my Firefox browser and popped open a new tab, typing in “youtube” and accepting the default http://www.youtube.com address that came up.  I was greeted with a popup window saying my Flash player was out of date and to either download or install the new version depending on the button I chose.  I thought this highly suspicious and clicked Install to see where it would go (being on a Mac I’m fairly well insulated from drive-by infections, but not completely immune).  A redirect popped up wanting to take me to downboxfile.com.  EGADS!

Clearly bogus case of attempted malware infection.

Immediately I closed all applications and rebooted to clear any pests from memory.

ClamXAV is now running a full scan of my system.  I don’t expect to find anything, but it’s a good idea to do a full scan when any attempt to hijack your browser is encountered.

Any time you receive a notice that your Flash player is out of date, you should simply go to www.adobe.com and check for the newest version.  Any other location is most likely a  nasty infection.  One of my clients made a similar error in judgement awhile back and had his entire computer encrypted with CryptoWall.  This is a very expensive problem.  Informing you that your Flash player is out of date is a favorite tactic of virus and trojan distributors to lure you in and take over your computer.  ONLY trust Adobe’s website for Flash Player updates or installs.

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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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