Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adobe Flash 10 ... now with McAfee?

I went to update my Flash Player today (manually) on one of my VMs and noticed that this new "option" stuck out at me...

Now, not being one to turn down a free security feature I wanted to read on.  Clicking the "Learn more" option takes you to the "LiteApps" McAfee site which has this to say about the "McAfee Security Scan":

"McAfee Security Scan is a free tool that automatically checks and reports if your PC is protected. Your PC's security status is determined by the state of your anti-virus and firewall protection. Your security software may be switched off or become out of date without you realizing. Or, you may not have security software installed on your PC. McAfee Security Scan lets you know if your PC is at risk and what you can do to protect it. Feel confident knowing that McAfee works behind the scenes to protect you by automatically starting the scan every week so that you are kept informed if your PC's security changes."

That's kinda cool right?  Maybe Adobe has gotten so much pressure not only from us in the security community but also from end-users that are sick of their machines being trojaned and rooted from terribly-coded Adobe software - that they are now partnering with McAfee (now, granted McAfee isn't exactly a good A/M engine) to give you the courtesy scan to let you know how badly you've been rooted before applying the latest in a round of never-ending bug fixes...

Hey Adobe ... how about you guys just write slightly less crappy "everyone's gotta have it" software, and we'll all sleep better... just sayin'

As for me, I'm going to skip the free anti-virus scan and just uninstall Flash.


Anonymous said...

next to make you even more secure theyll swap mcaffee for symantec... -_- come on guys, partner with someone decent on this if your going to try to push extra security from all your exploits to try to clean up the boxes that you are the fault of the mess on!!!!

Anonymous said...

For reference, it's not a virus scan. It's a check to see if you have anti-virus and firewall software installed - and if you don't, it leads you to McAfee's site to purchase some.

In other words, it's just an advertisement for McAfee software, and chances are very good that if you purchase software from its link, Adobe will get a cut. (There would be no point in them bundling it otherwise.) It doesn't actually protect you from anything itself.

Information Amplifier said...

I had noticed that before. I will note that Firefox received the offer for McAfee, but MSIE received an offer for the Google Toolbar. Seems they can't make up their mind which partner to spam you with.

For any newbies out there reading this, or my mother-in-law, ALWAYS take the Advanced Install option; it's just a few additional clicks and can save you a world of worry later.