Such is the wonderful world of web that it does not take long for shady characters to start pulling their tricks in their bid to trap unsuspecting users. It does not take them long at all.

With news that an early build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 is about to be leaked in the very near future, interest in this particular update to the operating system has steadily been on the rise — this may not exactly be an overly major upgrade, but it is a substantial refresh, nevertheless.

And to exploit this opportunity, a large number of fake ISOs have surfaced, all claiming to contain leaked files with this particular Windows 8.1 Update 1 testing build.

Well, as the saying goes, if something is too good to be true, it probably is.

Several of these fake downloads are distributed via torrents and file sharing sites, with many naïve users downloading them. But if you do a quick hash check of the files, you will find that most of the files included in these packs have been available since last year.

Plus, it is not unreasonable to assume that some of these ISOs may pack in some nasty code or malware. Moral of the story is that you should stay away from these links if you see them.

When (and if) the real deal leaks out, you will hear about it here.

Download that if you are adventurous enough to test it out, and then too, install it on a spare or secondary PC, just to be on safe side. This is early, early code, after all. And it is usually best to avoid trying out this early an operating system build on your main computer.

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