The Adobe Flash Player Virus
The Adobe Flash Player Virus is a type of Mac malware that hijacks the main browser and introduces ad-generating elements to it. The ads generated by the Adobe Flash Player Virus typically redirect to sites that have more adverts in them. Such redirects may sometimes endanger your Mac.
If you are wondering what has recently been going on with your browsers, here is your answer:
In case you have been experiencing unwanted Internet ad generation combined with some unwanted and sudden browser redirects as well as the replacement of your previous homepage and search engine, then, unfortunately, your PC has likely been affected by Fake Adobe Flash Player (or a similar page-redirect). Note that this is not the genuine Adobe Flash Player but a browser hijacker-like program pretending to be the real thing!
That is the reason why we are reviewing these hijackers below and you will see exactly what they are like and how to treat and clean your PC of them.
“Adobe Flash Player is out of date” on Mac
The “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” Virus is classified as malware on Mac systems which hijacks almost any browser and displays pop up ads and messages. The ads shown by “Adobe Flash Player is out of date” typically redirect to sites that have more adverts in them.
These page-redirects have some suspicious features such as trying to find out what products you might like by accessing the surfing history data of your browsers. This is not illegal but could be annoying because later on, only the ads related to your search requests will be shown and you may end up having your browser flooded by all sorts of irritating pop-ups and banners.
What else makes the redirects like Fake Adobe Flash Player quite suspicious is the way they may get distributed. Usually, they use some tricky ways to make the users install them on their devices. That happens because hijackers are NOT malware and they typically cannot self-install on your machine without your consent (informed or uninformed) – they usually need you to authorize their installation. Therefore, their major sources, the so-called file bundles, are what you ought to be on the lookout for. Bundles are free software installers that contain a main program (usually the one that the user actually wants installed on their PC) and added software applications (this is where hijackers typically are). Such bundles usually contain some useful software and you might really become interested in trying some of the offered free apps. Still, you might need to read the EULAs and manuals because there might be a browser hijacker or a form of Adware added to the bundle and your browsers could end up infected and needlessly modified.
You can minimize the risks of getting contaminated by Fake Adobe Flash Player, though. All you must do is customize the installation of the software that you want on your PC.
Fake Adobe Flash Player
Fake Adobe Flash Player is known as a browser redirect/browser hijacker. Such products could affect the performance and appearance of all the browsing programs that you have on your PC – Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or any other browser could get affected by such a hijacker.
Talking about browser hijackers, we need to state that the majority of their versions are not really dangerous or harmful in any way. Still, the level of irritation they may provoke can be so significant that most of the online users prefer to have them removed from their systems.
Redirects are a branch of the advertising-oriented software. Along with the Adware versions, they serve as marketing tools and provide the successful promotion of various software products, webpages and services online. You see, as we have certain advertising shown on the TV or on the radio, it is also normal to have it online. And that’s what the page redirects such as Fake Adobe Flash Player do – they advertise different things by opening the pages about them (usually without your clear consent), by generating the ads related to them or by simply putting them as your new homepages and search engines.
However, such a behaviour could be rather unwanted and intrusive which is the reason why hijackers like Fake Adobe Flash Player are typically considered PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
How to install bundles, but opt-out of the potential hijackers inside them?
The right way to install anything on your PC is by carefully reading all the terms and conditions info that is presented. Also, it is essential to choose the extended/custom/advanced installation option that allows for an advanced installation mode. Those options of the wizard are all about letting you customize different aspects of the installation process. By selecting them, you will have the chance opt-out of any optional clauses and added software that you might not want to get installed on your computer.
Make an effort to avoid the quick installation features as much as you can. They might be easy to perform and might save you time but going for them could also turn out to be a pain in the neck if there was anything unwanted bundled with the main piece of software. Such features are often named Recommended, Quick or Easy. Do not use them for the sake of your clean and safe system.
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Fake Adobe Flash Player Removal
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.