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“Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus Scam Removal (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijackers – annoying, intrusive browser add-on applications that somehow always find their way inside user’s browsers only so that the could flood the computer’s screen with all types of pesky ads and redirects to random pages as well as modify the way the targeted browser works and looks by replacing its homepage, search engine or new-tab page. All of this is done for the purposes of online advertising but the real issue here is that if you currently have such software inside your computer, then you are more than likely finding it difficult to use your browser without constantly getting obstructed by the hijacker’s activity. Down below, the readers of this article will be introduced to “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus- yet another addition to the family of browser hijackers that seems to have versions for most of the major browsers – Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and so on. In case you are currently struggling with this page-redirecting application, we advise you to stay with us, read the remainder of this article and then visit our removal guide manual where we have provided our readers with detailed instructions on how to make sure that “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus Scam gets uninstalled from their PC as well as how to restore the affected browsers back to their regular states. Additionally, on this page you can find a suggested software tool that has been designed to combat such intrusive kinds of software as well as more problematic and dangerous programs. We advise you to use that software tool in combination with the removal guide as it can facilitate the removal of the hijacker as well as help you keep your machine protected and secured in case any more such unwanted programs try to get inside your computer.

“Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus Scam Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

It’s all about the ads

As we said above, most of what hijacker do is closely connected to some sort of advertising agenda. Although a hijacker application might initially look like a regular browser add-on that is supposed to improve your online experience in some way, most of the time the one main purpose of such an application would be to generate revenue for its creators by promoting something and giving it more exposure and publicity by imposing it on the user’s browsers. The object of the advertising could be anything – a website, an Internet service, a software product or all the products of a certain software developer, a web store or anything else. The more customers are subjected to such aggressive advertising, the greater the profit for both the creators of the hijacker and the people whose products are getting promoted. Naturally, there’s hardly any benefit for the end-user from such irritating activities. Sure, you might find some potential offers that you might be interested in and some hijackers might also provide some form of supposedly useful trait yet in the long run, the cons of having a hijacker application inside your system almost always vastly outweigh the pros (if there are any pros, that is).

Is there any danger?

Hijackers like “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus Scam, despite what many users might think, aren’t exactly malware program and are typically deemed relatively safe. A page-redirecting application like “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus is likely not capable of causing any harm to your system or messing with the data which has been saved on it – this is something that Trojans and Ransomware viruses could do but not hijackers. Despite that, such applications are still widely regarded as unwanted – some of the reasons for that were already pointed out above. One other important aspect of hijackers that we need to mention here is that sometimes the advertising materials generated by them could actually be hazardous. Now, this is a relatively rare occurrence but it’s still something you need to be aware of. After all, all that it sometimes takes to get your system infected by some nasty Trojan Horse or some insidious Ransomware is a single click on the wrong link or ad. Therefore, we advise you to be careful with anything that comes from “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” as it might not be safe to interact with. It’s best if you simply keep away from any advertising materials that are generated by the hijacker.


File-bundles are basically software packages with one main program and some optional components added to it as bundled installs. This techniques is very commonly used for spreading potentially unwanted software the likes of hijackers, adware, etc. However, it is fairly easy to avoid getting something unwanted installed on your PC as long as you know what you are doing when installing new programs on your PC. The thing you need to remember is to always carefully examine the setup wizard for any optional clauses. For example, if there’s an Advanced/Custom installation option, go for it because this is likely where any settings regarded optional installs might be presented. Once you find if and what added applications there are, take a closer look at them and see if there’s anything that might be unwanted. If you are not sure, look up the name of the bundled apps and see what results come up. If there’s indeed anything that you might not want inside your system simply uncheck it from the setup settings and then move on to the installation without fear of landing some undesirable piece of software.


Name “Adobe Flash Player is out of date”
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browsing disturbance caused by unwanted browser changes and frequent ads getting displayed on the screen.
Distribution Method Suspicious e-mails and other forms of spam, malvertising, file-bundling, torrents, etc.
Detection Tool

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