I admit it. When I read Facebook I occasionally click those “cute” stories that people post. The problem is that they are sometimes really a gateway for the “evil doers” virus installation methods. Learn to spot their tactics and don’t be fooled into installing their crap.
Do you get these stories in your feed? Or do friends send you e-mail messages with links to items like:
- Can you name the 10 most famous paintings?
- Did your School make the Cut? Here are the top 50 “Smartest Colleges in America”.
- Artist Removes one Letter from Famous Movie Titles and Illustrates the Results
- Judge Judy DESTROYS an Obama-Supporting Welfare Cheat: “I’m Sending This Tape to Congress”
This is just a random sample of some of them that are in my feed from my friends. Sometimes I click just out of curiosity and suddenly my screen changes to a message like the one above.
It sure looks like a legit upgrade, but it is designed to make you click without thinking.
Here is what you really should see if this screen was forced to use “truth in advertising”.
This isn’t from Adobe – They are using the logo of Adobe Flash, and the look and feel or style of Adobe to make you think that you are looking at an Adobe installation page. The real one looks just like it. But if you can see the address bar, the site is not Adobe.
Read the fine print – or in this case, the not so fine print that they have obscured by using a popup that grays out the background. They actually tell you that they are going to install some third party software that will “help” you install something from Adobe. This is not needed and not sanctioned by Adobe.
The danger is that when you install something like this, it is NOT a VIRUS. It falls into the category of a program that you elected to install. This means your virus protection program is in many cases useless to defend you against these kinds of attacks.
Be careful, and don’t click on the wrong thing.
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