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#1 scasper1

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:57 AM

Has anyone heard of a virus being attached to flashplayer?



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:39 AM

* Fake Adobe Flash Update Installs Ransomware, Performs Click Fraud
* Fake Flash update installs feared banking Trojan
* Fake Flash Player Update Causes Mayhem In Your Browser
* Fake Adobe Flash Player Malicious Download, Upgrade or Installation
* Cross-Platform Adware Poses as Flash Player Update
* Mac Flashback Trojan Horse Masquerades as Flash Player Installer Package
* Fake Adobe Flash malware seeks to disable Mac OS X anti-malware protection

Also, older versions of of popular software such as Adobe (Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player), Java, Windows Media Player, Web Browsers are vulnerable to exploits and should be kept updated. There are serious security issues with older versions which can increase the risk of system infection. Infections spread by malware writers and attackers exploiting unpatched security holes or vulnerabilities in older versions. Software applications are a favored target of malware writers who continue to exploit coding and design vulnerabilities with increasing aggressiveness.

The majority of computers get infected from visiting a specially crafted webpage that exploits one or multiple software vulnerabilities. It could be by clicking a link within an email or simply browsing the net, and it happens silently without any user interaction whatsoever.

Web Exploits

Exploit kits are a type of malicious toolkit used to exploit security holes found in software applications...for the purpose of spreading malware. These kits come with pre-written exploit code and target users running insecure or outdated software applications on their computers.

Exploit Kits - Anatomy of an exploit kit
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:56 AM

Thank you for the info. where can I get flashplayer that is safe?



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

Download Flash Player: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?promoid=JZEFT
Download All Flash Players: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/fp_distribution3.html <- all downloads

Download All Web Players: (Flash & Shockwave): <- includes uninstallers
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/#sp
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:43 AM

Thanks to all. Have a nice day. Steve



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:02 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

As part of it's process in gaining elevated privileges, ZeroAccess - a particularly nasty rootkit/Trojan, may use Adobe Flash to achieve this on UAC enabled machines.

As a result the user may choose not to allow the program to proceed, thus ZeroAccess installation may fail. To bypass this possible problem, ZeroAccess disguises itself by forcing the UAC popup to appear to come from a different, benign-seeming program. A clean copy of the Adobe Flash Installer (InstallFlashPlayer.exe) is dropped to a temporary directory and the DLL load orderof Windows is abused to ensure that ZeroAccess is loaded into the clean files process address space when it is executed.

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/zeroaccess3/
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

BTW, if you are using Firefox, you can use the VTzilla Add-on to check (analyze) a file for malware at VirusTotal before downloading and saving it to you computer.
 

VTzilla is a Mozilla Firefox browser plugin that simplifies the process of scanning Internet resources with VirusTotal. It allows you to download files directly with VirusTotal's web application prior to storing them in your PC. Moreover, it will not only scan files, but also URLs. The scanning options are embedded in Firefox's context menu and download dialog, making the analysis process as easy as clicking a single button...Once you have checked the file, you will decide whether or not to download it to your PC.

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