While Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of Microsoft’s operating system, the company surprised everyone by unveiling Windows 11 in June. This new version offers a more modern design, but also offers new features, including support for Android applications, without going through a third-party emulator.

In essence, there are plenty of good reasons to install this new version of Windows 11, even though Microsoft still plans to support Windows 10 for quite some time. The problem is that for now, Windows 11 is still only available as a preview.

Beware, infected files are circulating on the web

And this situation, cybercriminals take advantage of it to infect the computers of Internet users. How do they do this? By offering fake installation files of Windows 11, for impatient users, in order to inject malware.

This new practice is highlighted in a recent publication by cybersecurity specialist Kaspersky. In some cases, the file may well contain Windows 11, but also malware. In other cases, the files don’t even install the new version of Windows 11.

In any case, if you download these files, you are at great risk. “Kaspersky products have already thwarted several hundred infection attempts using similar schemes to Windows 11. Much of this malware consists of downloaders, whose job is to download and run other programs. These other programs can range from relatively harmless adware, which our solutions classify as non-virus, to full-fledged Trojans, password stealers, exploits and other nasty things,” Kaspersky says.

The company cites an example: an executable file called 86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe. This one would weigh 1.75 GB (filled with useless information), and would imitate the installation of Windows 11. However, this executable file launches another executable file that can infect the user’s machine with sponsored software as well as malware.

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If you want to install Windows 11, opt for the official source (instead of downloading dubious files)

In essence, like Microsoft, Kaspersky recommends downloading Windows 11 only from the official website of the Redmond firm. If you still have to wait for the official release, the new version of Windows is already available in preview. However, to access it, you’ll have to sign up for the Microsoft Insider program.

The only downside is that for the moment, Windows 11 is still in test version and therefore potentially unstable. So, if you want to have a preview of the new version (by installing it following Microsoft’s recommendations, of course), it is better to use theYou can install it on a second machine, but not on your main computer.