If you noticed a pop-up message saying An update to Adobe Flash Player is available, and you’re not sure if it’s legit or not, you’re not the only one. A great number of users have reported encountering this message. At first glance, this pop-up seems to be an official Adobe update notice, but not all these pop-ups are what they seem to be.
Because Adobe Flash Player is one of the most popular web plug-ins, people that develop malware are sometimes using this platform as a disguise. They can send very similar-looking pop-ups to users PCs, and once a link is clicked, different types of malware can be installed on the computer.
In today’s day and age, the malware attacks on personal PCs have reached an all-time high. For these reasons, in today’s article, we will discuss some of the best ways to make sure that the Adobe Flash Player update pop-up on your screen is not trying to steal your information. Read on to find out more details.
What to do if An update to Adobe Flash Player message appears?
Adobe will sometimes send update notifications to users to announce a new release or update for the software version they are using.
It is very important to understand some of the differences found between the original Adobe Flash Player installer notice, and other third-party entities who are trying to gain access to your PC.
Here are some of the best markers of a false Flash Player update pop-up:
- The installer package is distributed as a ZIP file (and not with the original Adobe format – a DMG image).
- How it looks – if the installer package is presented to you as a generic orange installer without having the Adobe icons and formats, the text contains typos, or interface elements which are not aligned, etc.
- If the pop-up appears on your screen while browsing the Internet.
Note: Because of the skills that malware developers have gained in time, they can now create perfect replicas of the installer. In order to make absolutely sure that your computer will not be hacked, read the next section carefully.
What to do if you see a pop-up that doesn’t seem to be original?
The best way to deal with a situation like this is to always be skeptical of any automatic updates pop-ups that appear on your screen.
If you see a pop-up like the one mentioned above appear, the safest way to deal with the situation is to visit the official Adobe website (or other original software developers) and download the updated version yourself.
Doing this allows you peace of mind that the download you performed is coming from the original creators and not some other third-party malware creators who imitate the installer.
In this article we explored some of the most common differences between original software update pop-ups and fake ones, and also discussed a fail-safe method to deal with this situation.
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