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Alert: Fake Windows 11 download page installs malware on your PC

Hackers use fake Windows 11 download pages to smuggle malware onto unsuspecting users’ computers. If downloaded, such malware will steal browser data, cryptocurrency wallets, and more. This campaign is aimed at people whose PCs don’t meet Microsoft’s strict Windows 11 hardware requirements.

As reported by Bleeping Computer (via TechRadar), the fake Windows 11 download page features the official Microsoft logo, favicon, and a “Download Now” button. At first glance it looks legit, but the URL (which we won’t post here) shows that the site is a scam. Clicking the download button will give you an ISO file containing the malware. CloudSEK threat researchers have shared a white paper describing how the malware works with Bleeping Computer.

The malware in question, known as “Inno Stealer,” can bypass Windows Defender’s antivirus software and remove security applications. Once inside your PC, Inno Stealer steals data from browsers like Chrome and Edge, as well as from cryptocurrency wallets. The stolen data is then sent to the person who originally created the malware.

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While this malware is certainly dangerous, it is easy to avoid. As we mentioned, the download page is not a real Microsoft page, which surprised us a lot. If you’re currently using Windows 10 and have a PC that can run Windows 11, you can download and install the latest operating system from Microsoft directly from Windows Upgrade on your computer. You can also go to the Microsoft website to download Windows 11.

Things get even more complicated if your PC doesn’t meet Microsoft’s Windows 11 requirements, especially the TPM 2.0 check. While there are workarounds for this issue, we don’t recommend it because installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware will prevent you from getting the latest security updates.

If your computer doesn’t meet Microsoft’s requirements, it’s best to wait until you upgrade your current PC or buy a Windows 11-enabled machine. As we mentioned in our Windows 11 review, the operating system is solid. But not revolutionary. Installing Windows 11 is not urgent, especially when it means your computer is at risk.

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Alert: Fake Windows 11 download page installs malware on your PC

Hackers are using a fake Windows 11 download page to get malware onto unsuspecting users’ computers. If downloaded, said malware will steal browser data, cryptocurrency wallets and more. This campaign is targeted at folks whose PCs fail to meet Microsoft’s stringent Windows 11 hardware requirements.
As Bleeping Computer (via TechRadar) reports, the fake Windows 11 download page has official Microsoft logos, favicons and a “Download Now” button. It looks legitimate at first glance, but the URL (which we won’t post here) reveals the site as fraudulent. If you click on the download button, you’ll get an ISO file that contains the malware. Threat researchers at CloudSEK shared a technical report detailing how the malware works with Bleeping Computer.
The malware in question, known as “Inno Stealer,” can bypass Windows Defender anti-virus and uninstall security applications. Once on your PC, Inno Stealer steals data from browsers like Chrome and Edge, and data from cryptocurrency wallets. The stolen data then gets sent to the people who originally created the malware.

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While this piece of malware is certainly dangerous, it’s easily avoidable. As we said, the URL is a dead giveaway that the download page isn’t a genuine Microsoft page. If you’re currently running Windows 10 and have a PC that can run Windows 11, you can download and install Microsoft’s latest operating system directly from Windows Upgrade on your computer. You can also go to Microsoft’s website to download Windows 11.
Things get a bit complicated if your PC doesn’t meet Microsoft’s requirements for Windows 11, particularly the TPM 2.0 check. While there are ways to circumvent this, we don’t recommend it since installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware will prevent you from getting the latest security updates.
If your computer doesn’t meet Microsoft’s requirements, it’s best to wait until you’ve either upgraded your current PC or have bought a Windows 11-ready machine. As we said in our Windows 11 review, the operating system is solid but not revolutionary. There’s no urgency in getting Windows 11, especially if it means putting your computer at risk.

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