Most of the software that you use day-to-day has some kind of automatic update feature. You will be prompted to install the latest update for Java or Adobe Acrobat. The problem is that mal-ware authors are getting more adept at creating software that looks legitimate, but is not. So, how do you know what is a legitimate pop-up that asks you to install an update versus one that will install software that will harm your computer? How do you know if an anti-virus warning is legitimate or not?
Below you will find a number of screen shots of the most popular software's update message. These will change over time as new versions come out, but it will give you an idea of the difference between a real update or warning and a fake one. All of the screens below are legitimate and if you see them, you can safely run them. If you are ever unsure about running an update or seeing a warning message, please contact the Ag Help Desk (540-231-4865).