Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

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.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

The Fake Adobe Flash Player is a pop up window in your browser.

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.


Name Fake Adobe Flash Player
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Ad generation, redirects, browser homepages/search engines which are unusual.
Distribution Method Via many different sources such as bundles, shareware, spam, etc.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Fake Adobe Flash Player Removal

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac How to Remove Fake Adobe Flash Player From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Adobe Flash Player Virus MacHow to Remove Fake Adobe Flash Player From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac.

Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac

 Click Adobe Flash Player Virus Mac again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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!


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