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Fake Chrome, Adobe Flash updates

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    Fake Chrome, Adobe Flash updates


    This morning I stumbled across what seems to be a new malware-spreading technique: A fake updates for Google Chrome and a fake "media player" update that is designed to look like it's coming from Adobe.

    Both updates are digitally signed by valid VeriSign code signing certificates. This is not unprecedented, but it's highly unusual for malware authors to use an expensive provider like VeriSign. VeriSign Authentication Services are now part of Symantec.
    The fake Chrome update uses a logo similar to Chrome's, but obviously distinguishable from it. The page correctly identifies the version of Chrome I was running (the current version) and then says that it "may be outdated".
    Fake Chrome, Adobe Flash updates | ZDNet

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    I've seen some fake AV "products" that look real recently, especially the fake Symantec/Norton variants.
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    Malware and virus authors need to be dealt with the same way Vlad the Impaler took care of people.
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    W8.1, W7


    fake AV "products"
    Very good info on this site: About Malwares, Rogues, Scarewares, SmitfraudFix
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I actually got caught with that Adobe flash one a couple of weeks ago

    In this case I was actually looking to update flash because I was having problems with an on-line class assignment and wound up accidentally install that Flash Pro crap from "Air Software". What gave it away later was it keep popping up as blank pop-up asking to be updated. Upon further investigation I discovered my error. I deleted it, and did a system restore just be safe. Later on I subsequently wiped the drive.

    Fake. Notice the word "Pro" in the red box with the examination point. Look for it as it is a fake.
    Click image for larger version

    Point is, even the most careful person can get fooled. Watch your downloads and installs very carefully.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Also, take note if it is a browser window, or an application window. If it's a browser window, it's a fake.
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