'Game of Thrones' Facebook post tricks users into downloading malware

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No, "Game of Thrones" is not canceled.

Yes, the series is famous for killing off most of its beloved characters – but HBO has not decided to pull a similar move and execute its most popular show of all time.

A Facebook post that went viral this week claims otherwise, stating the series will end after the fourth-season finale next Sunday.

But clicking on the post’s link leads you to a place almost as dangerous as Westeros: An Internet scam.

The link takes you to a web page that claims your web browser needs to update its Java plugin before you can view the page's contents.

The page will then ask you to download “Java Version 7 Update 25.”

The real Java Version 7 is already at Update 60, and Version 8 is at Update 5.

According to several tech blogs , the software being offered is really adware and malware – and should not be downloaded. Actual Java updates should always be downloaded from the official Oracle website .

So for all you "Game of Thrones" fans, don't worry: Winter is still coming.


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