Fake video codecs used to install malware on victim computers

On the internet there are many schemes being used by cybercriminals to trick unaware users to download malicous applications on their computers. In this article we are going to take a look at the ‘Download codec’ scam which is used on websites which often go viral because of a ‘shocking’ or ‘disturbing’ video.

Hackers and cybercriminals launch viral videos on social media networks which can only be watched on the malicious websites. Once the victim is on the malicious website the criminal will demand the user to share the website first. As the website is being shared the malicious website will try to lure the victim to install a ‘video codec’ which is loaded with malware.

Be sure that you only download codecs from trusted websites. In the most cases a simple update for you Silverlight and Adobe application will be enough. Again, be sure to use the official websites to update your application with the latest video codecs.

If you want to watch a video on your local computer then you can download the VLC player which is capable of using multiple video codecs.

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