Adobe Flash Player has unfortunately long been plagued with malware-related issues. The software has often been discovered to have vulnerabilities that make it possible for bad actors to spread malware. The most recent vulnerability was discovered in October of this year. These issues may be part of the reason Flash is being decommissioned in the near future (Adobe says it will end development and support for Flash in 2020).
In the meantime, it is important to be vigilant when it comes to downloads or updates of Flash. Lately, powersolution.com have seen a recurring trend where hacked websites are directing people to scams that try to get them to download what appears to be a version of Adobe Flash but is in fact malware. This Adobe Flash update scam is different from the rogue package installer that resulted from the October vulnerability, in that it is not at all related to the real Flash Player.
In general, hacked websites seem to be the culprit behind spreading downloads of fake Adobe Flash Player programs. This is what you may see if you come across this scam online:
How to avoid Adobe Flash and other fake “updates”:
- The best and easiest is to avoid Flash unless you absolutely need it. The program has been plagued with malware and related issues for a very long time. Before you install the player, try a browser that has a safe, embedded Flash player such as Google Chrome. Most times, Flash apps work just fine and it will keep you safe.
- If you do need Flash, never install it based upon a prompt from your browser. Always go straight to Adobe’s Flash Player download page and download it there.
powersolution.com has measures in place to help protect our clients against rogue threats such as the fake Adobe Flash Player update. Our clients have multi-layered solutions in place to stops these kinds of threats.
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