Malwares Attacking Users via Counterfeit Windows 11 Installers

On 28th June Microsoft has revealed the first abettor build for Windows 11.  Along with this a aggregate of dummy ISO images and installing files of Windows 11 are circulating over the internet.

However, in 2021 Windows 11 will formally obtainable to the users. But some fanatics are using surrogate ways to install this OS on their devices and get infected by the malwares.

“Although Microsoft has made the process of downloading and installing Windows 11 from its official website fairly straightforward, many still visit other sources to download the software, which often contains unadvertised goodies from cybercriminals (and isn’t necessarily Windows 11 at all),” Anton Ivanov, vice president of threat research at Kaspersky, stated in a blog post.

As per the report from Kaspersky, these moke up installers which are circulating through internet assured users to install Windows 11 by manipulating their wish to have this OS to before its release.

Kaspersky described an example, an accomplishable 1.75GB file entitled with  “86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe”, which creates itself as a Windows 11 installer. While the file gaze trustworthy, and the remaining space includes one DLL file with an abundance of unwanted details.

While installing this new OS there will be a licence agreement which states “the installer will download other software, claiming that they are “additional offers from our sponsors.” By agreeing the licence it give rise to the executable to download the malevolent softwares on the device.

In order to safeguard from this malwares, fake Windows 11 installers, the predominant thing to do is acquire Windows 11 only from official Microsoft authority which can be done by going to Settings on your Windows 10 computer, select Updates & Security, click Windows Insider Program and join the Dev Channel. After all the registration process completed Windows 11 will be available to install.

It’s important to note that this is software in testing, and thus shouldn’t be installed on your main computer, unless you’re aware of the risks of doing so (such as bugs) and happy to accept the risks. Otherwise, we recommend waiting until Windows 11 is officially released