Fake and Malicious Media Player Update Advertisements
July 24, 2013 8:58 AM
- Article ID:5080 -
If you are browsing the internet and come across any advertisements asking you to update or upgrade your media player, please do not click on them. These are fake advertisements that will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious and Potentially Unwanted Programs.
Potentially Unwanted Programs or PUPs are similar to viruses, spywares and other malwares, but unlike these malicious programs, these Potentially Unwanted Programs are given permission to be installed by a user.
After installing and determining the true purpose of these programs, the user will then try to remove them after his/her computer starts to slow down and display annoying popup advertisements.
Here is a list of these fake advertisements that you should look out for:
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Media Player Update
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To remove PUPs from your computer, you may use the two very effective PUPs removal software listed below:
You may also see fake advertisements asking you to upgrade or update your Flash player. Click here to read more.
Comments or Questions (5)
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Anonymous: 3 weeks, 7 days ago
I also got the notice that I need to download 'Java HD'. Looks like another scam. Thanks for posting this!
Anonymous: 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Why does this keep popping up? EVEN ON THIS WINDOW! How do I make them stop appearing?
Anonymous: 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Never ever update via a notice that pops up! If you believe that you might actually need to update go to your media player's actual websight to do so just to be safe.
Anonymous: 6 months, 4 weeks ago
How do I stop these things from shoving themselves into my face every minute? Please advise! Thanks.
Anonymous: 7 months, 1 week ago
I have seen all of the last three messages listed above. They were displayed by a streaming TV service that was offering free access to subscription-only channels (and thus illegal). Fortunately, my BS shields were on full power and I declined the offer, then found this page. Dodged a bullet there.