Fake Windows 11 installers could install malware on your computer… how?
Many people have been very eager to install Windows 11 before its release was even announced. This has resulted in the system being leaked before it was officially released.
Situations like this are like Christmas to hackers and interlopers, as it allows them to attack systems with a fake operating system and malware-riddled installers.
A security company called Kaspersky, said they have nullified hundreds of attempts where these downloaders try to install and run applications in the background.
‘’Kaspersky spotted one installable file called 86307_windows 11 builds 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe which seems related to Windows 11 installation and some sort of license activator. This 1.76GB file may look genuine but all it has is a DLL file with some useless information.’’ says the company (Kaspersky).
Whilst the installation wizard may look genuine, research has shown that it will start downloading other apps in the background- ones that have nothing to do with the latest Windows. These random apps are approved by a license agreement that states that the installer will install some sponsored apps to install Windows 11 on your PC. This starts downloading malicious files on your device and threatens all your data.
This is just one example of the fake installers floating around at the moment. Then there are the fake phone calls from people claiming to be Microsoft and offering a free upgrade to Windows 11. The caller will try to gain access to your machine in order to install the free upgrade but, if successfully, they will either demand a large fee, install malware or virus infect the machine.
Why do users risk it when it is free anyway?
Fake programs like this are generally full of adverts, malicious files, Trojans and password stealers. Downloading ‘’operating systems’ like that will bring more issues and problems in the long run than it is worth. Instead, it’s safer and better to wait for the official version to be released.
The company has announced that the latest operating system will be available to download for free to all devices that already use Windows 10, although the minimum requirements to run the software have been set up pretty high.
Windows 11 isn’t available to purchase or download as of yet for businesses, but Microsoft has said it will be available in a few months, closer to the end of the year. Until then, instead of downloading the potentially malicious versions, the Windows Insider program released a more stable beta version. Join it to get a feel of the new operating system!
If you’re worried you might have been a victim of one of these malicious applications or want to make sure your system is compatible and that you download the correct version when it’s released, please contact our team of friendly engineers!
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