As is the case with all programs, where you download exactly Windows 11 of the matter. If you venture outside the confines of Microsoft's Windows Insider program, you could end up with more than you agreed to, as there is a round-the-clock installer that contains a malicious download manager.
According to Kaspersky, the malicious installer is labeled 86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe. It's checked at 1.75 GB, so at first glance, it may look like a legitimate installation file. However, most of this space belongs to a single DLL file that contains "a lot of useless information".
It’s not really Windows 11. Instead, it asks for permission to get a second executable that presents itself as a download manager for Windows 11, with a license agreement to install some sponsored software as well. Users who accept the deal end up with a variety of fun applications installed on their PCs, with different levels of malice.
"These other programs can be very broad, from relatively harmless ad programs, which our solutions classify as non-antivirus, to full-fledged Trojans, password theft, exploits, and other nasty things." Kaspersky warns.
Having all this unleashed on your system could ruin your day in a hurry. It's also not the only malicious Windows 11 installer out there.
While it may seem obvious to avoid downloading Windows 11 from third-party sources, a leaked version was the only way for onlookers to take a look at the next operating system before it became available in Windows Insider.
Now that there is an official source, however, this is the only place you should take it. Joining the Windows Insider program is easy and free. Note that preview versions are essentially unfinished versions that may contain bugs and may not be fully stable in some configurations.
If you want to do a test of Windows 11 but are not interested in installing it wholesale on your PC, using a virtual machine is relatively risk-free. I can confirm that it works well VMWare & # 39; s Workstation 16 Player (version 16.1.2), which is also a free download.