I came across a scary problem with a client today. It started with the report that web dialog boxes kept indicating codecs needed updating, or Flash was too old, or that antivirus was out of date, “click here to update!.”
It was obvious that the messages were fake; some of systems that presented the message were iPads – which don’t have Flash. Their Safari web-browser doesn’t have any installable codec mechanisms, and the other pop up indicating that the antivirus was out of date and needed updating was laughable.
However, the iPad wasn’t the only thing doing this – a Windows 7 machine and Windows 8 machine were having a rough time of things, too.