Fake update notifications can easily trick even cyber savvy users and infect their devices with malware. This is the reason we decided to help you with 3 tips on how to identify them and examples to help you avoid such an attack.
How to tell if an update notification is fake?
1 – If you received an update link via email, ignore it and mark it as spam or phishing, according to the situation. Software makers will never send you links to update your apps via email.
2 – If you see an update prompt when you’re on a website, leave the website immediately and then scan your system for potential malware infections. Software makers never trigger update notifications on websites – those are infected websites trying to compromise your system and infect it with malware.
3 – If you’re infected with adware, you may see notifications like the ones below. Never click on them! Scan your computer with a trusted (and paid) antivirus or a robust anti-malware solution to get rid of it. Adware can open backdoors into your system and feed your device with additional malware.
If you want to avoid the hassle of software updates altogether, you can use Heimdal FREE to automate them. Heimdal FREE will update your applications automatically and silently (without interrupting your activities), as soon as an update is released.
All that’s left to do is to install it (it takes under 3 minutes) and you’ll be good to go!