Do not trust fake Flash Player updates from centerplaceofupgrade.pro

Also Known As: centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove redirects to centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro from Mac computers

What is centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro?

centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro is a deceptive site promoting a fake Adobe Flash Player updater scam. The web page claims that the plug-in is outdated and recommends installation of the latest updates. Note that bogus software updates are typically used to proliferate nonoperational, untrustworthy and malicious content. I.e., they can spread various Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) such as adware and browser hijackers, and even malware (e.g. ransomware, trojans, etc.). Few people visit scam pages intentionally - most are redirected by intrusive ads or PUAs already installed on the system.

centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam

There are several, practically identical scam variants run on centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro. Visitors first see several pop-up windows that appear in quick succession. Most contain an identical message: Adobe Flash Player is out of date and requires updating. The messages are phrased slightly differently. The large pop-up in the middle of the page goes into more detail. Following claims about Flash being outdated, it informs users that this plug-in is an essential piece of software. Flash Player enables online media such as audio, video, animation and games. Supposedly, the current version on visitors' systems is lacking the latest security updates, and has therefore been blocked. To continue using it, the scam recommends installation of the latest updates. If any of the "Download/Install/Update" buttons are clicked, the fake updates are downloaded and the page provides the installation instructions. The pop-up instructs users to find the downloaded file in within their downloads list, and then to double-click it and confirm installation by clicking "Continue and Install". Note that trusting centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro and following the instructions will not update Adobe Flash Player - instead, users will allow untrustworthy/malicious software onto their devices. This can lead to serious issues, endanger system integrity and users' safety. You are strongly advised against trusting this scam and others similar to it. To avoid downloading/installing bogus and potentially harmful content, all downloads should be performed from official and verified sources. Software should likewise be updated using functions/tools provided by legitimate developers.

As mentioned, deceptive/scam sites are commonly accessed via redirects caused by PUAs, however, these apps can also force-open sale-oriented, untrustworthy, rogue, compromised and malicious web pages. This is not the only capability of these unwanted applications. They can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, delivering dangerous ads that diminish the browsing experience. When clicked, they can redirect to similarly dubious/malicious pages and stealthily download/install unwanted content (e.g. PUAs). Other PUAs can modify browsers and limit/deny access to settings. These apps often have data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor and gather browsing-related information. Data of interest includes (but is not limited to) browsing and search engine histories, IP address, geolocation and users' personal details. This vulnerable information can then be shared with third parties, seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on systems can lead to browser/system infiltration and infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim Scam claims that Adobe Flash Player is outdated.
Detection Names (fake updater)
Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-ED [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Bundlore.DPS), Emsisoft (Adware.MAC.Bundlore.DPS (B)), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Shlayer.a), Full List (VirusTotal)
Promoted Unwanted Application Promotes fake Flash Player updates.
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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centersourceoffreeupgrades.besttheworldofcontents.info, and startmostnewestprogram.icu are examples of other scams similar to centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro. There are various models employed to trick users into performing specific actions (e.g. downloading/installing/purchasing untrustworthy and/or malicious content, revealing their personal information, making monetary transactions, calling expensive numbers, etc.). Through warnings of "outdated/missing" software or infections "detected" on the system, prize announcements, "amazing" offers and similar, the schemes generate profit for their designers. There are thousands of deceptive websites on the web, and you are thus urged to be very cautious when browsing.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Fake updaters are just one way in which PUAs can infiltrate systems. They can also be downloaded/installed together with other products. The deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular content with unwanted or malicious software is called "bundling". While opting-out of these unwanted additions is often possible, rushing download/installation processes (e.g. skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content onto devices. Note that some PUAs have "official" download web pages. Intrusive ads also proliferate PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install these rogue apps without users' consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All products should be researched carefully prior to download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download channels channels, as opposed to free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), third party downloaders or other untrustworthy sources. When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to highly dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the large pop-up in the middle of the page:

Software update
Update your Adobe Flash Player

Install the latest Flash Player for better performances.

Update now

"Adobe Flash Player" is an essential plugin for your browser that allows you to view everything from video to games and animation on the web. The version of “Adobe Flash Player" on your system does not include the latest security updates and has been blocked.

The version of this plug-in on your computer doesn't include the latest security updates. Flash cannot be used until you download an update from Adobe.

> Click "Download Flash"

> Install updates and enjoy performances.

Download Flash... Update

Screenshot of the pop-up that overlays the center of the page:

centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam pop-up that overlays the middle of the page

Text presented in the pop-up windows displayed on this page:

Center pop-up:

 

Software update

“Adobe Flash Player” is out-of-date

The version of this plug-in on your computer doesn't include the latest security updates. Flash cannot be used until you download an update from Adobe.Update Download Flash...

Update Download Flash...

 

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Bottom pop-up:

 

Flash Player Update
Install latest version of Adobe Flash Player in order to continue watching.
Download

Screenshot of the fake Flash Player update installation instructions provided by centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam:

centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam fake flash updates install instructions

Text presented in this page:

1

Go to the ‘Downloads’
Open your downloads list by
clicking on the top right corner
the ‘arrow’.

2

Open the file
Locate and double-click the file
starting with ‘Flash Player’.

3
Run the application
Confirm the installation by clicking
Continue and Install
buttons.
Type your password.

Appearance of centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam (GIF):

Appearance of centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam (GIF)

Appearance of the other variant of centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam (GIF):

Another variant appearance of centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam (GIF)

Screenshot of the fake Flash Player updates installation setup:

centerplaceofupgrade[.]pro scam fake flash updates installer

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

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 centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up 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 centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up 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 centerplaceofupgrade.pro pop-up 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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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