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Windows 7: Adobe's latest critical security update pushes scareware

30 Mar 2012   #1
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 
Adobe's latest critical security update pushes scareware

Shame on you Adobe........

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Adobe just released a critical Flash Player security update. Good news: it includes a new automatic updater for Windows. Bad news: Adobe’s download page pushes a misleading “system optimizer” designed to scare users into paying for unneeded repairs.
https://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/adob...e_skin;content


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30 Mar 2012   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I've come across worse stuff than that. You can just close that page. I know my system doesn't have errors and I wouldn't trust anything that puts stupid adds like that on a big corporation's web site. I've seen that iolo thing and you can follow the advice from sevenforums: Don't use a registry cleaner! Windows 7 can manage itself. I honestly didn't see anything scary about that ad.
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30 Mar 2012   #3
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Also: look at speedtest.net. They have a bunch of those registry cleaner ads.
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30 Mar 2012   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

That has become so commonplace that I don't know that it is right to single out Adobe for it. At least it is on their download page, where it is at least obvious, rather than being in the downloader/installer like some do, where it is easier to overlook a box checked by default to install something that you don't want.
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30 Mar 2012   #5
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
That has become so commonplace that I don't know that it is right to single out Adobe for it. At least it is on their download page, where it is at least obvious, rather than being in the downloader/installer like some do, where it is easier to overlook a box checked by default to install something that you don't want.
Yea, I agree. I hate those installer ads. I have seen those iolo ads on Adobe's page for months now and now they are getting spotlighted about it. There's nothing to be spotlighted!
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30 Mar 2012   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Didn't see that ad in either Firefox or IE9, but did find this sort of interesting depending on which you used on the Flash download page,

Adobe's latest critical security update pushes scareware-flash.jpg


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30 Mar 2012   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
NIce FF buttons stormy13

How did you get those buttons?
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30 Mar 2012   #8
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

The root question is why are you all using Flash? (Flame proof suit on...)

On a more serious note, I can't wait until HTML5 (or 6, or 7...) finally puts Flash in the dust bin.

Regards,
GEWB
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30 Mar 2012   #9
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
How did you get those buttons?
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...don/stratam-4/

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30 Mar 2012   #10
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I would totality single out Adobe for being "bad" in this case...

Does Adobe really need money THAT badly?!?

I can understand new sites or other sites with free content. But Adobe is a huge successful company that makes tons of money on real products. It does not need to do anything like this in any way and it completely cheapens their image to that of a freebie trash site.

I would like to feel that there are at least SOME companies on the net I can reasonably trust to be upstanding, this removes some of that trust. It's disappointing. Companies like Adobe with paying customers do NOT need to have disappointed users!

(Yes I know flash is free but it's a tool to sell their flash creation tools, never mind their insanely successful Photoshop and Illustrator tools)
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