Fake update notification

Play the video above to begin. You will be presented with the same choices facing the person in the video and what you choose will influence the outcome of the scenario. The interactive video may not work on some smartphones.

While it’s important to keep your software up to date, it’s just as important to be on guard against fake notifications like this one that will try to trick you into installing malware on your computer.

These can appear, even on legitimate websites, while you are browsing the web. They will usually appear in the same spot as adverts – because that is exactly what they are, but they can just as easily open in a pop up or display in the corner of your screen. They will usually ask you to click on them to start a scan of your computer or download and install an essential update.

If you are worried your software is out of date, visit the website of the company that made the software directly to update it. Never click on the links within these messages unless you are absolutely certain they are genuine.