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Look out for fake Windows 11 installers dropping malware on your computer

Introduction:

Microsoft has announced Windows 11 in the earlier part of the year and still hasn’t released the new OS (Operating System) publicly. People are very eager to get their hands on the latest OS before anyone else, and this has put them at tremendous risk. Since Windows 11 was unofficially leaked a few weeks back, cybercriminals have been taking advantage of these excitement levels among users. According to the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, it is reported that cybercriminals have started circulating fake Windows 11 installers on the internet, which are incorporated with malware. Many users fall prey to fake OS installers, resulting in their computers being unknowingly installed with malicious software.

How do scammers fool the users downloading the new OS?

Since the unofficial version of the Windows 11 has been leaked on the internet, users can easily access these files from many piracy sites or unapproved websites on the internet. The curious users who want to experience the new OS before everyone is the primary target for online scammers and cybercriminals. As Microsoft has not released Windows 11 publicly still, users are forced to download the inadvertently released OS from unofficial sources. The scammers use this excitement to their advantage by adding malware to the OS file, enabling them to access the downloader’s computer system.

Kaspersky’s cybersecurity researchers have reported a 1.75 GB file (named precisely like a Windows 11 OS file with an activator) that seems to enclose the OS file itself with an activator. This file size and structure are enough to fool anyone into thinking that it is a genuine OS file. The whole package also claims to be a Windows 11 installer, making it even more convincing for an excited user to download the file. The file, when selected, will open like a standard OS install program with the license agreement of installing a sponsored program into the computer. Without reading the texts and documents, most people will click the accept button, which makes it easier for the scammer to install their computer with malware or malicious programs.

The malware included in the OS file can be any of the following since it varies depending on the attacker:

  • Trojan
  • Adware
  • Ransomware
  • Keylogger
  • Phishing
  • Virus
  • Worms
  • Spyware
  • Rootkits
  • Fileless malware

The above malware will enter the user’s computer and steal confidential files, passwords, private documents, and even personal data like credit card details, social security numbers, and other details. So, make sure you verify the Windows 11 OS file before downloading from any unofficial sources since it can hijack your entire personal and official data in no time. Waiting for the official release of Windows 11 is the right decision to ensure a safe and secure way of experiencing the brand-new OS features.

Conclusion:

The excitement for new technology or OS, in this case, has always made people go overboard and sometimes fall into the trap of many cybercriminals and unlawful hijackers. The only safe way of obtaining the Windows 11 OS file is to use Microsoft’s official channel called the Windows Insider Program. It is the best portal for people to download the new OS file without putting their system at risk from any cybercriminal or hijacker.

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