Fake Adobe Flash Player Removal (May 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Fake Adobe Flash Player. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and 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!

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.

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.

Hijackers – threats or simple annoyances?

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).

What else could be done against Fake Adobe Flash Player?

Fake Adobe Flash Player can be fought by using the instructions inside our Removal Guide below. All the steps have been carefully prepared to help you remove this redirect so make sure to carefully complete them all if you wish to get rid of the hijacker.

Fake Adobe Flash Player 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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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. 

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Fake Adobe Flash Player 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 Fake Adobe Flash Player from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Fake Adobe Flash Player 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.

Step6

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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!

What makes Fake Adobe Flash Player and the other redirects suspicious?

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.

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.

SUMMARY:

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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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