Flash Installer is a rogue browser extension for Mac-compatible web browsing programs. The type of software that Flash Installer belongs to is better known under the umbrella term of browser hijackers.
Browser hijackers are very widespread on the internet and they’ve been around for ages. However, it wasn’t until recent years that software of this type became available for Mac operating systems as well. And as it turns out, variants like Flash Installer are only gaining momentum now.
The good news, however, is that Flash Installer is not a virus and browser hijackers don’t have malicious intentions. All these types of programs do is generate and showcase highly aggressive online ads such as banners, box messages and popups on the screens of the computers they infect. And they do this by embedding ad-generating components in the Firefox, Chrome, Safari or whatever your main browsing program is. These same components are often also responsible for facilitating annoying page redirects to various websites that have paid to be promoted in this way.
Another means by which browser hijackers like Flash Installer may choose to popularize certain websites is by setting them as the new browser homepage and/or its default search engine. And the only way you will be able to reconfigure your browser to its old settings is if you have Flash Installer thoroughly removed from your computer. Unfortunately, this is oftentimes easier said than done as the developers of such apps rarely want you to uninstall them – so they simply don’t include that option. But we have created a removal guide that will show you how to handle this process manually and you can find our guide just below the current post.
Flash Installer for Mac
Flash Installer for Mac operates on the basis of Pay Per Click and/or similar remuneration systems. This means that the developers of Flash Installer for Mac profit from the ads that are displayed on your screen by this software.
This should explain, by the very least, why the many popups and box messages are very often incredibly difficult to avoid. But there’s more that goes into these advertising practices. One is that hijackers like Flash Installer are usually involved in collecting browsing data from users, which may not be made known to said users. Furthermore, that information could be user to various other purposes that you may never come to find out about.
What is Flash Installer ?
Very often software like Flash Installer is mistakenly referred to as viruses. The good news is that Flash Installer is not malicious code and it cannot directly harm or damage your computer.
Nevertheless, software of this type is widely also regarded as potentially unwanted – in part because of its association with the risk of getting infected by viruses. This can happen, for example, as a result of being redirected to a page infected with Trojans and ransomware.
The FlashInstaller app
You are likely to install the FlashInstaller app alongside some other type of software. This is a process known as program bundling in which the developers of pieces like the FlashInstaller app add them to the installers of more attractive programs.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Altered browser configurations, including a changed homepage and/or default search engine; increased numbers of online ads visible during browsing sessions, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly with the help of technique known as program bundling where the hijacker is added to the installer of other software.|
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Flash Installer Mac Removal
For a quick way to remove Flash Installer try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Flash Installer .
- Remove Flash Installer from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Flash Installer !
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.
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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:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
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:
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.
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,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
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.
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,
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
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Flash Installer From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Flash Installer From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!