Spyware, viruses, & security forum: When is it safe to click on "install updates" pop-ups?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 15, 2010 12:53 PM PDT

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When is it safe to click on "install updates" pop-ups?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/15/10 12:53 PM

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When is it safe to click on "install updates" pop-ups?


One question I have not seen addressed here regarding computer security
that I hope you will consider is: How safe is it to click on "install
updates" when pop-ups appear from Microsoft, Adobe, Java, and the many
other software providers who know you have their product? What
prevents hackers from using look-alike pop-ups to infect with malware?
What if I'm not sure; how can I check? Thanks.

--Submitted by: John M.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

When is it Safe??? Excellent Question --Submitted by: charleswsheets
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5009281.html

Good Question. --Submitted by: webserf
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5009287.html

WHEN IS SAFE TO ACCEPT UPDATE POP-UPS NOTIFICATIONS --Submitted by: GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5009401.html

Be careful --Submitted by: davefrombc
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5009320.html

NEVER --Submitted by: ruggb
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5009622.html

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