Fake Flash Player updates are among the most common ways of distributing Trojans and other threats. Inexperienced computer users are convinced into downloading these types of fake Flash Player updates through a variety of social engineering tactics. Various security programs detect one of these types of infections like Trojan.FakeFlash.A which may be distributed through social engineering tactics on social media networks. Trojan.FakeFlash.A in particular is distributed through Facebook spam that tries to tempt computer users into clicking on corrupted links through the promise of a pornographic video. Malware experts strongly counsel PC users to use common sense and safe browsing techniques to avoid being fooled through these types of attacks.
The Facebook Strategy Linked to Trojan.FakeFlash.A
When a computer user is infected by a Trojan associated with Trojan.FakeFlash.A, Trojan.FakeFlash.A may use the victim's Facebook account to display Facebook posts and messages that are used by Trojan.FakeFlash.A to spread itself to other computers. Trojan.FakeFlash.A's spam will claim that there are private, raunchy videos of the affected account. Some of the messages used by Trojan.FakeFlash.A may use subject lines or sentences like '[user name] private video,' '[user name] naked video' or 'XXX private video,' taking names from the victim's Facebook friends list.
What Happens When You Click on Trojan.FakeFlash.A Messages?
Clicking on any of the messages or posts listed above, you are taken to a bogus YouTube website that may show that the video has millions of views. However, whenever the computer user tries to view the supposed 'video', an error message shows up. This message alleges that it is paramount to install an update for Flash Player. This supposed Flash Player update actually is Trojan.FakeFlash.A. When installed, Trojan.FakeFlash.A installs a Web browser plugin that takes over the victim's Facebook account in order to display additional Facebook spam and gain access to the victim's pictures and other privileged Facebook data.
Protect yourself from Trojan.FakeFlash.A. If you observe these types of suspicious messages on Facebook, it is important to avoid clicking on them. Notify your Facebook friends if their account is displaying the type of spam associated with a Trojan.FakeFlash.A infection or a similar social engineering threat like this one.
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