Many people have been eagerly awaiting the release of Windows 11 since the company unveiled a preview of the operating system at its event last month.
Windows 11 is the newest version of the operating system from Microsoft.
Even though the official distribution of Windows 11 to PCs has not yet begun, some people are taking inappropriate measures to obtain early access to the operating system in this expectation. Malicious hackers are increasingly taking advantage of the hectic activity on the internet.
New dangerous applications are being distributed online under the cover of “Windows 11 installers,” and the people are being warned.
These applications claim that they will upgrade a system to the most recent Windows version at no cost, however, their true function is considerably more well-known.
Kaspersky Labs has released a fresh study claiming that such apps are being used to transmit adware, spyware, and perhaps other dangerous programs to a target computer. Threat actors disguise these applications as Windows 11 installers to trick the unwary into allowing them to be installed on their computers without their knowledge.
To mislead victims, the executable ‘.exe’ files are generally given names that are based on words associated with Windows 11.
One such file is entitled “86307 windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe,” and it purports to be an installation program for Windows 11.
Once installed, the applications begin working to download further malicious software into a computer’s hard drive. These criminals take advantage of the fact that unwary users who desire to install Windows 11 will provide administrator-level access to the machine while the installation process is in progress. Once the software has gained control, it begins to download malware, adware, and other harmful programs to the computer.
It is important to note that real Windows 11 is not (and will not be) available via any other internet source except the official Microsoft website, as a general rule.
As of right now, Microsoft is doing a beta test on Windows operating system version 11 to identify and fix any problems or flaws.
Once the operating system has been refined for public use, it will be sent to all users via an over-the-air (OTA) update that can be accessed under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
Those interested in participating in the test, also known as the beta program, will need to register with the Windows Insider Program on the Windows Insider website.
Users will be able to download and install the beta version of Windows 11 on their computers once they have completed the enrollment process.
However, please keep in mind that the beta version is sure to have errors and malfunctions, and it is strongly recommended that you back up your data before upgrading to it.
Finally, you should be aware that there is no.exe file from any other source that you should execute to upgrade to the next operating system. So keep this in mind and avoid falling prey to the traps set by cybercriminals on the internet.