Because Adobe Flash Player used to be one of the most popular web plug-ins, so 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, malware attacks on personal PCs have reached an all-time high and this is clearly a case that requires your attention because Adobe pulled their support for the Flash Player from December 31st 2020.
That means that you can completely exclude the possibility of a legitimate message from Adobe and be on alert because there have also been other attempts from wrondoers to install malware by using Adobe Flash.
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 not send any more update notifications to users since the software was discontinued.
However, it is very important to understand some of the differences between the original Adobe 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 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 that 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.