Do not trust "Adobe Flash Player" is out of date scam

Also Known As: "Adobe Flash Player" is out of date pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove ""Adobe Flash Player" is out of date" from Mac?

What is ""Adobe Flash Player" is out of date"?

When visited, this deceptive website displays a pop-up window suggesting that the version of installed Adobe Flash Player is out of date and encouraging to download, and install the latest one. At the time of the research this page downloaded an installer of two applications: Media Player and MyCouponsmart. Like most websites of this type, this page is designed to trick people into installing potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). In most cases they distribute PUAs like browser hijackers, adware. However, it is possible that a website of this type may be used to trick visitors into installing some Trojan, ransomware or other high-risk malware.

adobe-flash-player-is-out-of-date-scam-homepage

According to this website, installed Adobe Flash Player does not include the latest security updates and cannot be used unless it is updated. It is designed to download a file named "Adobe Flash Player.dmg" which supposed to be designed to install the latest Adobe Flash Player. However, instead of installing legitimate software it installs Media Player and MyCouponsmart. MyCouponsmart is a type of software that is categorized as adware. It is designed to serve intrusive ads (like coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on). The problem with such ads is that they conceal contents of visited pages and, if clicked, open potentially malicious pages or download and/or install unwanted software. Also, adware can be designed to gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other browsing data. In some cases software of this type can be designed to collect sensitive details as well. Quite often people behind such apps misuse gathered data to generate revenue or sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). There is a high possibility that another app that is included in this fake Adobe Flash Player installer operated as adware too. In some cases fake installers are used to infect systems with malware like a Trojan, ransomware, or other malicious software. People who have their computers infected with programs of this kind usually experience data, financial loss, problems with browsing safety, privacy, become victims of identity theft, and so on. Therefore, software should never be downloaded from scam websites like this one.

Threat Summary:
Name "Adobe Flash Player" is out of date pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim According to this website installed version of Adobe Flash Player is out of date.
Detection Names (Adobe Flash Player.dmg) Avast (MacOS:Agent-FJ [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-FJ [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Mac.Bundlore.775), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero.ah), Full List (VirusTotal)
Promoted Unwanted Application Media Player, MyCouponsmart
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.
Removal

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More examples of similar scam websites are operatedevelopeduberprogram[.]icu, operateuberrefinedprogram[.]icu and mainspotupdatesfreenew[.]info. Typically, they are designed to deceive visitors into using fake Adobe Flash Player installers by suggesting that the installed version of this software is out of date. Those installers never install the actual Adobe Flash Player. They install either some potentially unwanted app (or apps), or some malicious software. It is worth mentioning that websites of this type often get opened by PUAs that are already installed on browsers and/or operating systems.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most of the times people download and/or install potentially unwanted applications accidentally (unintentionally). It usually happens when they are included in download and/or installation setups of some other, mainly free software. Usually information about additional downloads and/or installations can be found in setup's settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", etc. When some software is downloaded and/or installed without checking and changing any of these settings, then PUAs get permission to be downloaded and installed too. This distribution method of various PUAs is known as "bundling". Developers user to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with other, desired software. In other cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Unwanted downloads and installations can be avoided by downloading software only from official websites, and not through third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, or other similar channels. Also, it can be done by checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of any download or installation setup and dismissing offers to download and/or install additionally included software. Furthermore, we recommend not to click intrusive ads that appear on shady pages. They often are designed to cause redirects to untrustworthy (and potentially malicious) websites or downloads, installations of various PUAs. If some unwanted, suspicious application (extension, plug-in, and/or add-on) is already installed on a browser, then it should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be done with software that is installed on 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.

Appearance of ""Adobe Flash Player" is out of date" scam (GIF):

adobe flash player is out of date scam appearance

Text in a pop-up window:

Latest version of Player is recommended to encode and/or decode (play) audio files in high quality - click here to update for latest version.

"Adobe Flash Player" is out of date

The version of "Adobe Flash Player" on your system does not include the latest flash update and has been blocked. To continue using "Adobe Flash Player", download an update version.

The download process will be performed by launching mediadownloader, which is a platform for the installation of software ("Installer"). The Installer may include suggestions for the installation of additional free software offers ("Offers"), alongside the installation. You may choose to install the offers during the installation process. You may also remove the offers after you have chosen to install them. IP address will be logged for analytics and fraud detection reasons and will be deleted from our records after 24 hours. You can download without using the Installer from its original site. Your use of the Installer is subject to the Installer's Terms of Use & Privacy Policy. Uninstall

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake installer of adobe flash player

Another screenshot of fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

dialog box of a fake adobe flash player installer

Instant automatic removal of Adobe Flash Player is out of date pop-up: 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 Adobe Flash Player is out of date pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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 "adobe flash player" is out of date 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.

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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.

"Adobe Flash Player" is out of date pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "adobe flash player" is out of date 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 "adobe flash player" is out of date 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 "adobe flash player" is out of date 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.

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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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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