Adobe Flash Player Update removal instructions
What is Adobe Flash Player Update?
"Adobe Flash Player Update" (macOS users should read this article) is a deceptive pop-up displayed by a malicious website, which is often visited inadvertently. Users are redirected by potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). Adware is then likely to infiltrate systems without users' permission. Furthermore, these apps deliver intrusive online advertisements and collect various user/system information.
The "Adobe Flash Player Update" pop-up states that Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date and must be updated. Be aware, however, that this pop-up is not genuine and attempts to trick users to install. Rather than updating Adobe Flash Player, set-ups install a number of additional PUPs as well as rogue browser extensions (which modify browsers' settings, gather various data, etc.). Therefore, never trust these pop-ups or update your installed applications using third party tools - this behavior can lead to high-risk computer infections. As mentioned above, adware-type applications deliver various intrusive advertisements such as banners, pop-ups, coupons, and so on. To achieve this, developers employ a 'virtual layer' (a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site). Thus, displayed ads often conceal underlying content, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, they might redirect to malicious websites - even accidental clicks can result in high-risk computer infections. Another downside is information tracking. Adware-type apps often gather information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, search queries, URLs visited, and pages viewed. The data might be personally identifiable and shared by developers with third parties who misuse private details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All potentially unwanted programs should be uninstalled immediately.
|Name||Adobe Flash Player Update virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Pop-up messages claim that the Adobe Flash Player is outdated/missing and encourages users to install it. This is being done to trick users into running malicious setups that inject various unwanted applications and browser extensions.|
|Detection Names (adobe_flash_player_1840612795.exe)||Avast (FileRepMalware [PUP]), AVG (FileRepMalware [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/InstallCore.AYH Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.B!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
The Internet is full of fake pop-ups similar to "Adobe Flash Player Update" including Call Technical Support Immediately, Internet Security Damaged, and Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked. These are just some examples from a long list. Claims that the system is damaged in certain ways, and all of these other errors, are fake. Cyber criminals attempt to trick victims into calling and paying for services that are not needed. All adware-type applications are very similar. By offering 'useful features', PUPs often trick users into believing that they are legitimate and useful. In fact, these applications only deliver intrusive ads and collect personal information.
How did adware install on my computer?
Adware is often distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of PUPs with regular software. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip most steps. Therefore, bundled programs are concealed within the "Custom/Advanced" section of these processes. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent system infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install third party software. The key to computer safety is caution.
Text presented within "Adobe Flash Player Update" pop-up:
Adobe Flash Player Update
Install Adobe Flash Player and enjoy the largest database for:
Music Albums with user-friendly interface
All Song Formats with easy access
Videos Library leading video codec library
Screenshot of "Adobe Flash Player Update" installer set-up promoting various potentially unwanted applications:
Other variants of "Adobe Flash Player Update" pop-up:
Fake flash player update promoting spyware targeted at Android users (users who launch this fake flash player update on their phones are risking to lose their social media logins, banking credentials, etc.):
Text presented in this fake pop-up:
Your player version Adobe Flash Player is outdated. To view the contents of this website You need to upgrade your flash player to version 17.5
Your version 10.2 has a critical vulnerability that allows you to secretly control your phone. Possible leak of your personal data!
Download and installation will take no more than 2-3 minutes. Do not neglect your safety. The upgrade is absolutely free.
Late updates can lead to loss of information, often the cyber criminals to block mobile devices and make sending SMS to premium numbers!
Copyright © 2016 Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Another deceptive website claiming that the Adobe Flash Player is outdated and promoting Power Search browser hijacker:
Text presented within this website:
Update your Flash Player
Install the latest Flash Player for better performances.
"Flash Player" is an essential plugin for your browser that allows you to view everything from video to games and animation on the web.To continue using "Flash Player", download an updated version.
> Click "Download Flash"
> Install updates and enjoy performances.
Download Flash Player Update
Flash Player Update
Install the latest version of Flash Player for better performance.
Appearance of this website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Adobe Flash Player Update?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted applications distributed using fake Adobe Flash Player updates using Combo Cleaner (Mac OS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adobe flash player update virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adobe flash player update virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with adobe flash player update virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adobe flash player update virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove adobe flash player update virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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