Adobe May Be Threatening Your FS Installation

Here’s a message we received tonight from Mike at, about a bit of Adobe software that may harm FS installations. Mike writes: “……… member Ocala has identified a serious threat to the FS community, please see the following thread in the FS2004 forum … “.

“… member Asad Khawer is technically knowledgable and was aware of this application and what it is used for.  It’s just that he didn’t know the FS significance of a .air file and so was not able to connect the dots till ocala spoke.  Anyway, Asad has agreed to write an article explaining the problem and its implications.

Here are some additional remarks made by email to me by Asad …

“After some research and personal testing I have identifed that, contrary to what I thought prior to this, Adobe AIR is not automatically added in Adobe updates.
However, it remains a huge cause of concern, because it is being used on major online websites such as NASDAQ, Nickolodeon, and AOL, and many users may unwittingly download Adobe AIR, hence corrupting almost all freeware and payware FS addons…….. “.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008 19:58

Latest news just in from Mike McCarthy…..: All, I’ve cc’ed you because you deserve to know that the problem is not as serious as I had originally asserted. If I’m causing you too to have to backpedal, my apologies. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I’m terribly sorry and terribly embarassed, Francois. The notice I sent you apparently exaggerated the problem. It’s not that .air files are getting deleted, it’s that the Adobe AIR software is reporting them as not being valid Adobe files. FS itself will not have been harmed and will continue to run in the normal way. The solution is to change… Read more »