Windows 11 It is Microsoft’s new operating system, a system leaked a couple of months ago and that, since then, has been under development in order to reach users by the end of the year. At the moment, only Microsoft Insider users can have access to trial versions of the operating system in order to test, before others, the news that Microsoft has been working on. However, hackers are doing their thing too, and if we’re not careful, we can end up with our PC full of malware.
Whenever something is successful and popular, the hackers They look for the slightest opportunity to take advantage of it and try to deceive users. On this occasion, what they have used has been the new Windows 11, distributing all kinds of fake installers over the Internet with which to deceive users with a false update that, in reality, fills their PCs with malicious programs.
Kaspersky warns of fake Windows 11 installers
The security firm Kaspersky has warned of a dangerous threat that haunts users seeking to upgrade to the new Microsoft operating system. This threat is distributed as if it were a new Windows installer, with the name «86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe«. This file occupies neither more nor less than 1.75 GB, but, according to security researchers, it only consists of a single DLL full of unnecessary information.
Running this program opens the typical windows installation window. Apparently, this installer is harmless, however, what it does is download another much more dangerous installer that runs automatically. In doing so, we will even see some license terms which, if we accept, will fill our PC with malware and other sponsored programs.
According to the security firm, this installer can download and run a wide variety of unwanted software on our PC, from adware simple to dangerous trojans, exploits and programs to steal passwords saved on the PC. Of course, at no time does he download and install the new Windows 11 to our PC.
How to test the new Windows safely
There is no need to take unnecessary risks. Any user who is interested in the new Microsoft operating system can give it a try without any problem. And totally free. All we have to do is sign up for Microsoft’s Insider program (to the Dev channel, yes) from the Windows Settings panel and, once done, look for new updates from Windows Update.
If we prefer, we can also download an official Windows Insider ISO from Microsoft’s servers, thanks to which we can install the new system on our PC from scratch.
Microsoft launches new versions of Windows 11 every week, and with each of them brings some improvements and new features and a lot of bug fixes. Therefore, if we are wanting to try Windows 11, the best we can do is do it through official means, since this way we will not take unnecessary risks.
And if not, wait until the end of the year, when the new OS officially arrives, and finished, to all users.