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thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best is one of many untrustworthy websites designed by scammers who seek to deceive visitors into installing unwanted (potentially malicious) software through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer.
Typically, websites such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best download a file, which is the installer of a browser hijacker, adware or other potentially unwanted application (PUA). These installers sometimes infect systems with Trojans, ransomware or other malicious software. In any case, never trust thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best or other, similar sites.
When visited, thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best displays a pop-up recommending that users download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. As with all sites of this type, however, they download no official software.
At the time of research, thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best downloaded "AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller.dmg", a file that installs a PUA or another malicious program - a browser hijacker, adware-type app, Trojan, ransomware or other high-risk malware. Browser hijacking apps usually promote the address of a fake search engine by changing browser settings.
They also gather information relating to users' browsing habits such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Some browser hijackers record sensitive, personal details. Developers misuse the data to generate revenue, or sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
Adware-type apps can gather data and display intrusive advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups). If clicked, these ads lead to untrustworthy web pages or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Ransomware is malicious software that causes data loss by encryption.
Some victims also lose their money through ransom payments. Trojans proliferate other malware (including ransomware). To avoid installation of unwanted software, never open files downloaded from websites such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best.
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.|
|Fake Claim||This website claims that it can be used to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.|
|Detection Names||Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-ED [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Bundlore-ED [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Bundlore.DPS), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Shlayer.a), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Mac)||
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Install-plug-s3[.]com, managervanilla[.]pw and startnewestmostprogram[.]icu are some examples of other deceptive websites used to trick people into downloading and using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. All of these sites download files that install unwanted, potentially malicious software.
They never download an official Adobe Flash Player installer. Typically, people do not visit pages such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through other untrustworthy sites, deceptive advertisements or potentially unwanted apps installed on the browser and/or computer.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In most cases, people download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements or by legitimately downloading or installing (usually free) software. PUAs are commonly distributed by including them into various download or installation set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling".
Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs are hidden within settings such as "Advanced" or "Custom". Unfortunately, people often leave these settings unchanged, thus allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other, regular software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should not be downloaded from unofficial websites or using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders and so on.
The safest way to download is using direct links and official websites. Perform downloads and installations properly: check all the available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options (dismiss offers to install/download unwanted apps) and only then complete the software download/installation process.
Avoid clicking ads, especially on dubious websites. They might seem legitimate, however, developers invest time and money into their design. When clicked, they can redirect people to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on.
If you experience unwanted redirects or intrusive ads often, they might be caused by installed adware-type or other unwanted apps. Therefore, remove all unwanted/suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) from the browser and programs of this kind from the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.
Text in the initial pop-up window:
Your latest version of Flash Player is ready
We highly recommend that you download and install the latest version of Flash Player of optimal performance.
Download Flash... OK
Screenshot of a pop-up that appears next:
Text in this pop-up:
Go to the ‘Downloads’
Open your downloads list by
clicking on the top right corner
Open the file
Locate and double-click the file
starting with ‘Flash Player’.
Run the application
Confirm the installation by clicking
Continue and Install
Type your password.
Appearance of thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best scam (GIF):
Screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:
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- What is thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best pop-up?
- How to identify a pop-up scam?
- How do pop-up scams work?
- How to remove fake pop-ups?
- How to prevent fake pop-ups?
- What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
How to identify a pop-up scam?
Pop-up windows with various fake messages are a common type of lures cybercriminals use. They collect sensitive personal data, trick Internet users into calling fake tech support numbers, subscribe to useless online services, invest in shady cryptocurrency schemes, etc.
While in the majority of cases these pop-ups don't infect users' devices with malware, they can cause direct monetary loss or could result in identity theft.
Cybercriminals strive to create their rogue pop-up windows to look trustworthy, however, scams typically have the following characteristics:
- Spelling mistakes and non-professional images - Closely inspect the information displayed in a pop-up. Spelling mistakes and unprofessional images could be a sign of a scam.
- Sense of urgency - Countdown timer with a couple of minutes on it, asking you to enter your personal information or subscribe to some online service.
- Statements that you won something - If you haven't participated in a lottery, online competition, etc., and you see a pop-up window stating that you won.
- Computer or mobile device scan - A pop-up window that scans your device and informs of detected issues - is undoubtedly a scam; webpages cannot perform such actions.
- Exclusivity - Pop-up windows stating that only you are given secret access to a financial scheme that can quickly make you rich.
Example of a pop-up scam:
How do pop-up scams work?
Cybercriminals and deceptive marketers usually use various advertising networks, search engine poisoning techniques, and shady websites to generate traffic to their pop-ups. Users land on their online lures after clicking on fake download buttons, using a torrent website, or simply clicking on an Internet search engine result.
Based on users' location and device information, they are presented with a scam pop-up. Lures presented in such pop-ups range from get-rich-quick schemes to fake virus scans.
How to remove fake pop-ups?
In most cases, pop-up scams do not infect users' devices with malware. If you encountered a scam pop-up, simply closing it should be enough. In some cases scam, pop-ups may be hard to close; in such cases - close your Internet browser and restart it.
In extremely rare cases, you might need to reset your Internet browser. For this, use our instructions explaining how to reset Internet browser settings.
How to prevent fake pop-ups?
To prevent seeing pop-up scams, you should visit only reputable websites. Torrent, Crack, free online movie streaming, YouTube video download, and other websites of similar reputation commonly redirect Internet users to pop-up scams.
To minimize the risk of encountering pop-up scams, you should keep your Internet browsers up-to-date and use reputable anti-malware application. For this purpose, we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS.
What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
This depends on the type of scam that you fell for. Most commonly, pop-up scams try to trick users into sending money, giving away personal information, or giving access to one's device.
- If you sent money to scammers: You should contact your financial institution and explain that you were scammed. If informed promptly, there's a chance to get your money back.
- If you gave away your personal information: You should change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication in all online services that you use. Visit Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft and get personalized recovery steps.
- If you let scammers connect to your device: You should scan your computer with reputable anti-malware (we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS) - cyber criminals could have planted trojans, keyloggers, and other malware, don't use your computer until removing possible threats.
- Help other Internet users: report Internet scams to Federal Trade Commission.