I use to have Adobe Flash Player and I received an update saying that I need to download the new version of the flash player. Whenever I clicked download my computer started acting weird. I couldn't get on the internet and whenever I could, I couldn't control anything. I figured out that whenever I had downloaded the new version of Adobe Flash Player that I had actually downloaded a virus that was disguised to look like Adobe Flash Player. I ended up having to pay $400 to get my Mac computer fixed. Whenever I got the virus taken off my computer it took off Adobe Flash Player. I'm taking college classes online and I need Adobe Flash Player in order to do my assignments. I'm afraid whenever I go to download it, I'm going to get another virus. Is there anyone who can notify me and tell me what to do so that I don't get another virus on my computer.
Unfortunately, because Flash Player is widely distributed, it's a popular target for impersonation by bad actors (see: Phishing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) . We have strict and redundant security controls in place to ensure that the software we ship is authentic and free of malware, but that doesn't help if you're getting it from another source.
A couple things that will help you avoid this situation in the future: