Malware-related issues have plagued Adobe Flash Player since 2017. In fact, it was known to have vulnerabilities that allow cybercriminals to spread malware to all who use the app. This may be the reason why Adobe is going to end its development and support for Flash come 2020.
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Redirecting To Scam Sites
Therefore, it is crucial that you should be vigilant when downloading or updating your copy of Flash Player. Basically, people fall victim to this recurring trend where they will be redirected to hacked websites instead of the current site they are visiting.
In this case, people would assume that it is a legit version of the Adobe Flash which is in fact malware. A rogue package installer was also reported to be victimizing people, which is not part or related to the Flash Player app.
Flash Player Update Scam
Users can see a warning page that pops up when a hacked site has been visited. Thus, they are persuaded to install the latest version of Flash Player. Good thing though, you can avoid this scam from getting into your nerves. Here are some things you need to do.
What You Can Do To Avoid This
- Never install it when it is prompted from your browser. The right thing to do is to go directly to the download page of Adobe Flash Player and download the app from there.
- If you are an IT manager or business owner, you have to warn your users about this common scam. This is because there is a good chance at least one of your staff will run into it some point.
- Use a DNS-based protection such as Comodo Secure DNS. This will ensure that even if a mistake has been made, the attack will not spread throughout your network. So, further damage will be avoided.
On February 2018, a security update has been released by Adobe for resolving vulnerabilities of Flash Player. This is intended for any supported edition of Windows Server 2016, Windows Server version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1709 of the Fall Creators Update. Nevertheless, it has further been advised that users need to update Flash Player only from the official website of Adobe.