In this post, we will be introducing you to the fake Flash Player update which is a Trojan.Ransom virus spread by the hackers using the name of the well-known and trusted company Adobe Systems.
What exactly is this fake Flash Player update?
Hackers have published a misleading alert over the net warning users that their Adobe Flash Player is out of date and needs an update. The fake alert website is the clone of Adobe’s legitimate website created by the hackers for fooling the users. The users who trust on these hackers get stuck into their criminal trap and expose their computer’s privacy.
Some of the reputed anti-spyware companies have published posts that the fake Flash Player update installs a very dangerous virus named Trojan.Ransom which slows down the computer and encrypts the files on the hard drive.
Some of you might have seen that your pen drives get write-protected and the files & folders over the hard drive get converted to .exe files. This means that your PC has been attacked by the Trojan.
You may not be able to access your files like photos, music, important documents, and various folders. Even some of antiviruses fail at this point to recover those files & folders as they have been encrypted with a key which is with the hackers. The Trojan can also backup your files over the hackers’ server allowing them to keep your data even if you reset your PC.
Please note that, these fake Flash Player updates sometimes lock down your machine completely and ask you to pay ‘ransom’ to the hackers to unlock your computer.
Few years back, this fake Flash Player update was released for Android too. Hackers got successful in hijacking the Android phones because the Android OS is an open source platform which security strings can be read and edited by anyone. Android has been proved to be easily hackable although many security features have been implemented by the manufacturers.
How to protect your system?
Tips for PC users
There are some security measures which everyone should follow to protect the PC from getting exposed to threats.
1. Use internet security software
2. Firewall setup
Almost every operating system offers a firewall, but some of the hackers may succeed in passing it too. So you need to install external firewalls like Comodo Firewall. If you purchased an internet security software then you don’t need another firewall software.
3. Use ad-blocking browser extensions
Modern browsers allow users to add various extra features using extensions. Adblock Plus is an extension available free of cost which blocks advertisements and banners on all sites before they load in browser’s memory.
4. Check website address
Tips for smartphone users
1. Install 360 Security app
2. Check permission required before installing apps
Whenever you install an app, it asks for your permission to access content over your phone. Always check the permissions required and then allow the app to get installed unless you are sure that it won’t access your private content.
For example: Truecaller, Tubemate (offers Flash update notifications) and many more like these apps access your private calls and messages.
3. Uninstall unnecessary free apps
It’s better to uninstall free applications (especially games) from your smartphones as they give many update notifications to earn referral money.
Now you have an idea about fake Flash Player updates and their threats. So it’s your turn to act smarter whenever you see online scams like any suspicious software updates. Follow our tips and stay secure.