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 about some highly recommended Adobe Flash Player's updates. However, it is being displayed on untrustworthy, (also deceptive) website. It is very common for people to visit websites of this type unwillingly. Very often it's potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that cause such unwanted redirects. Besides, having apps of this type installed usually results in being served with various intrusive ads. Quite often PUAs gather various browsing-related (and other) data as well.

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 this website's visitors computers might be outdated. It encourages to perform a manual update. Besides, it is claimed that running outdated Flash Player might increase a risk of having a computer infected by malware (malicious programs). Basically, this deceptive notification is designed to trick people into updating Flash Player by downloading some installer that looks similar to the actual Adobe's installer (there is a screenshot of it below). However, we strongly recommend to ignore any offers to update software that are displayed on various unofficial websites. Typically, websites of this type are designed to promote/distribute various unwanted applications (PUAs). We advise to close this deceptive pop-up and the website that triggered it. If it cannot be done in a normal way, then we recommend to open the Activity Monitor and quit the browser from there. Do not restore the previously closed browsing session the next time you open a web browser - it is very likely that it will result in being redirected to the same unreliable/deceptive website.

Usually it is the potentially unwanted apps that we mentioned above are the ones responsible for redirects to unreliable 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 too. These apps feed people with ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on, these ads usually are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any website. When clicked, they either redirect to other untrustworthy websites or execute scripts designed to download/install even more PUAs (that could be malicious programs as well). 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 various other, personal information as well. The worst parts of this is that PUAs developers share this data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that the recorded data might fall into the hands of cyber criminals as well. Generally speaking, installed PUAs might cause users various privacy, browsing safety problems, or even identity theft.

There are many deceptive websites that are being used to trick people into thinking that some of their software needs to be updated, that there are some problems with the operating system and so on. The main purpose of these websites is to trick people into installing various software that can be later used to generate revenue in one or another way. In some cases websites of this type encourage their visitors to contact scammers who attempt to extract money by offering their services, technical support and so on. Here are some examples of other deceptive websites/scams: "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. Nevertheless, as we mentioned above, most people install these apps unwillingly: it they do it either by clicking various (untrustworthy, deceptive) advertisements or when software developers use a "bundling" method. Bundling is known as a deceptive marketing method that is being used to trick people into downloading/installing potentially unwanted apps together with other software. Information about unwanted apps being included in installation/download set-ups often is not disclosed properly: as a rule, apps of this type are hidden in "Custom"/"Advanced" settings of the set-ups. There are many users who skip the download/installation steps without checking any of the included settings and that is how they cause various unwanted downloads and installations that later result in various problems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent undesired installations or downloads we recommend to avoid downloading software from untrustworthy and unofficial sources, using various third party software downloaders, installers and so on. Most reliable way to do it is using only direct links, official and trustworthy websites. Never skip the download/installation steps without checking the included "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Dismiss all offers to install or download unwanted software first, and only then proceed to the next step or finish the download/installation process. Not that there are many untrustworthy, intrusive ads that redirect users to dubious, potentially malicious websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on). If you encounter such advertisements or redirects caused by them, then see what are the installed applications (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) on your web browser and remove all unknown, unwanted entries as soon as possible. Check the list of installed programs on your computer (MacOS) too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows 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

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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.