Subscriber Lou wrote to ask about a warning he was receiving from Adobe Flash Player:
Terry.. thanks for your website and for inviting me in.
Are you familiar with a flag that Adobe Flash Player has which looks like this graphic? This keeps appearing on my PC and now my sister in SC is getting irritated with the same thing. Programs on the web just want to take your money so I just resolved to fixing it myself with the help of experts like you.
Thanks for your help buddy.
Whether it’s coming from a web site or from his computer, it looks to me like Lou is running into some malware that’s trying to use Adobe Flash as its entry point to his computer.
I suggested that he try scanning with different anti-malware software than he normally uses. They don’t all catch everything, and sometimes scanning with different software will make the difference.
I gave him links to two that I use VIPRE Antivirus Premium that I useand Malwarebytes ( http://www.malwarebytes.com ). He could also choose the antivirus-only version of VIPRE.
I also advised him that, if he was already using those, he should try scanning with something else.
Of course, he needs to make sure you have the latest Adobe Flash installed. There have been a lot of attacks using Adobe Flash as their entry point.
I advised him that there are now scanners to make sure you have the latest patches installed. The online version of Secunia’s scanner checks common programs is good, and has a quick option and a more thorough version.
They’ve also got a downloadable version called Secunia Personal Software Inspector that scans a whole lot more.
I’ve recently started using the downloadable version (Secunia Personal Software Inspector) and have been very impressed with it. I tried it some time ago and wasn’t so impressed.
Now, I’ve set it up on my PC and on my wife’s – and it’s periodic scans help us keep our computers up to date on the security updates for our software.