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Scam Alert: movieplayerupdate.com and videoplayerdownload.co

March 9, 2013

A Mozilla Firefox user reported popup ads from movieplayerupdate.com (movieplayerupdate.com/mtrack/free_download/1/pre/).
Another Mozilla Firefox user also reported the popup ads from movieplayerupdate.com (movieplayerupdate.com/flashplayer/download_free/).

Both links now show 404 not found, but not before we managed to grab a screenshot. It says:

http:// movieplayerupdate.com

WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to continue

movieplayerupdate_dot_com

The site is also telling user:

Please Install Flash Player Pro to Continue

Remember folks, there is no such thing as “Flash Player Pro”.

The links on both “REMIND ME LATER” and “INSTALL” point to: mtrack10.com/base2.php

By clicking either button, an executable file will be downloaded.

movieplayerupdate_dot_com-scam

A user sent us a note that similar popups from videoplayerdownload.co were found (videoplayerdownload.co/free-download/mt/1/pre/).

videoplayerdownload_dot_co-scam

The “Install Now” link also points to mtrack10.com/base2.php

videoplayerdownload_dot_co

It seems that both movieplayerupdate.com (whois info) and videoplayerdownload.co (whois info) are registered by the same individual through GoDaddy on the same day (Feb 20, 2013).

The domain mtrack10.com (whois info) is also registered through GoDaddy one week earlier (Feb 14, 2013).

By clicking the “Install Now” button, an executable file will be downloaded.

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It is pretty obvious the individuals behind the domain names mentioned above are unscrupulous. Do not blindly download some programs just because a popup told you so.

To update Flash Player, download it direct from Adobe.

http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    April 22, 2013 7:16 pm

    How do we get it off our computer if it has been downloaded? I think my kids did it and I don’t know how to get it off.

    • April 27, 2013 4:11 am

      Melissa,

      Did your kids install the program after they downloaded it?

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