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Three malicious download offers in the past 20 minutes

I have had 3 malicious downloads "offered" to me in the past 20 minutes

They are all for "flash" upgrades. I NEVER click on these because I know they are malicious. The page will not let you leave it or click on the delete button.

How to delete the page

I am working on a Windows PC so I don't know if this happens on Macs. If you get one of these, don't panic and DON'T CLICK on anything on the page. If you do find you have started a download, then delete the download from your normal downloads area. Do NOT install! If you can't close the page, then start your "Task Manager" tool. To access this, hold down the following 3 keys simultaneously: CTRL ALT Del These keys are all along the bottom row of the computer keyboard. Ctrl and Alt are on the left hand side and Del is on the right hand side. You will get a menu up and on my menu, the bottom item is "Task Manager". Click on that. It will give you a list of programs running on your computer. Choose your browser and click on "end". Then close the task manager (X in the top right hand corner).


Image Credit » Screen shot, my own work MegL

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Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2014, 12:03 AM

Thanks for this heads-up. I had been getting a number of these in the recent past, but then they stopped. Time to be alert again.

allen0187 wrote on October 24, 2014, 3:55 AM

Thank you for the information. Never encountered any of these downloads and hopefully, I do not.

AliCanary wrote on October 24, 2014, 11:26 AM

Good advice. I hate those things that hijack one's computer!

Ellis wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:01 PM

So far I've never had this show up here..

Bensen32 wrote on October 25, 2014, 3:51 PM

I have gotten these too before and did exactly like you say. I don't know if all browsers do this but when you reopen Chrome it will have something at the top that says chrome was close incorrectly do you want to recover it. Say no or you will go right back to that page again and have to take your steps above again.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 26, 2014, 1:03 AM

I just reported an antivirus warning I got while reading a post. The page automatically redirected, but my anti-virus prevented the new page from loading. It must be more ad troubles :(

PattyTherre wrote on October 26, 2014, 4:22 AM

I get flash upgrades all the time and thought hey were legit, My son the techy said NEVER EVER click on that stuff so when I see it, I call him or click off and don't do it. Malware and trojans are everywhere!