Adobe Flash Player Advertisement- To Trust, Or Not To Trust


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I’ve seen these pop up ads multiple times, but never got the chance to download or see what it does. So today, I decided to.  And..I found out that it didn’t really download Flash Player..you should’ve seen that one coming really..

What it downloaded was mplayer.exe.

As far as Avast’s judgement goes, this program isn’t a virus. I opened and installed mplayer.exe, and still no virus..or flash player..instead, it installed MPlayer (I wasn’t expecting this..).

MPlayer, from the looks of it, is just a media player. That’s all to it..

Conclusion: The advertisement was misleading..and you shouldn’t install unknown programs from unreliable sources. If you do, make sure you have an up-to-date AV program protecting your computer, and if possible, run the program in Sandbox mode* or something of the like.

Tip: Never install Gimp from offers on websites like Swagbucks, Gifthulk, or any other reward sites.. all the Gimp downloads I’ve encountered on those offers contained malware (usually a Trojan horse).

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~Jeff~

*At the time of this posting, Windows does not come with Sandbox mode. You have to have a third-party program (e.g. Avast, Sandboxie, Comodo, etc.) to run something in sandbox mode.

 

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