10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" from Mac?

What is "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player"?

"10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" is a deceptive notification (pop-up) informing users of 'highly recommended' Adobe Flash Player updates, however, it is displayed on an untrustworthy, deceptive website. Many people visit this type of website inadvertently - potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) cause unwanted redirects to them. Furthermore, installed PUAs often serve intrusive ads and gather various browsing-related (and other) data.

10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player scam

According to the "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" message, the Flash Player installed on the system might be outdated. It encourages users to perform a 'manual update'. It states that running an outdated Flash Player might increase the risk of computer infection by malware (malicious programs). This deceptive notification often tricks people into updating Flash Player by downloading an installer that seems to be official Adobe software (there is a screenshot of it below), however, we strongly recommend that you ignore any offers to update software that is displayed on any unofficial websites. Typically, these sites promote and distribute various unwanted applications (PUAs). We advise you to close this deceptive pop-up and the website that triggered it. If this cannot be done in the normal way, open Activity Monitor and quit the browser from there. Do not restore the previously closed browsing session the next time you open a web browser, since you will be redirected to an identical dubious/deceptive website.

PUAs are usually responsible for redirects to dubious websites, however, unwanted redirects are not the only problem that these apps are capable of causing. PUAs often deliver intrusive ads and gather various information. These apps feed people with ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. These are usually displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. When clicked, they redirect to other untrustworthy websites or execute scripts designed to download/install even more PUAs (that might also be malicious programs). Another downside of having unwanted apps of this type installed is that they gather IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and often other personal information that PUAs developers share with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. The recorded data might fall into the hands of cyber criminals. Therefore, PUAs can lead to various privacy, browsing safety problems, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name"10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" virus
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Many deceptive websites are used to trick people into believing that some of their software needs to be updated, that there are problems with the operating system, and so on. The main purpose of these websites is to trick people into installing software that can be later used to generate revenue in one way or another. In some cases, they encourage visitors to contact scammers who attempt to extort money by offering their services, technical support, and so on. Some examples of other deceptive websites/scams include "APPLE.COM RECOMMENDS", ""Install" Would Like To Control This Computer", and "Apple Support Alert".

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications can be found on websites that are used to promote them, however, most people install these apps inadvertently by clicking various (untrustworthy, deceptive) advertisements or when software developers use "bundling". Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading/installing potentially unwanted apps together with other software. Information about the inclusion of unwanted apps in installation/download set-ups is often not properly disclosed. As a rule, these apps are hidden in "Custom"/"Advanced" settings of the set-ups. Furthermore, many users skip the download/installation steps without checking the included settings, thus causing unwanted downloads and installations that later result in various problems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent unwanted installations/downloads, avoid downloading software from untrustworthy and unofficial sources, using third party software downloaders, installers, and so on. Using direct links and official and trustworthy websites only. Never skip download/installation steps without checking the included "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Dismiss offers to install or download unwanted software, and only then proceed to the next step or finish the download/installation process. Note that many untrustworthy, intrusive ads, redirect users to dubious, potentially malicious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you encounter advertisements or redirects caused by them, check installed applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) on your browser and remove all unknown, unwanted entries immediately. Also check the list of installed programs on your computer (MacOS). If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" scam (GIF):

Appearance of 10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player scam (GIF)

Screenshot of the deceptive "Player Installer" setup:

deceptive Flash Player installer

Instant automatic removal of 10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player virus: 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 10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications distributed via "10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" pop-up scam using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove "10 critical security patches for mac flash player" virus related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

"10 Critical Security Patches For Mac Flash Player" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "10 critical security patches for mac flash player" virus related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove "10 critical security patches for mac flash player" virus related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove "10 critical security patches for mac flash player" virus related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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