Remove InstallFlashPlayer.exe Virus (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove InstallFlashPlayer.exe. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

One of the worst things that could happen to your computer is for it to get infected with a Trojan Horse malware program such as the one that we will be focusing in the next lines. The main topic of this post will be a particularly dangerous and highly stealthy Trojan Horse infection named InstallFlashPlayer.exe. Many users have already experienced getting their machines infected by this nasty malware program and that is why out goal with this article is to help all of you who may have had a close encounter with the noxious InstallFlashPlayer.exe. A guide will be presented to you further below on this page that includes a set of detailed steps that could help you find any malware data related to the Trojan and remove it from your PC. And, if that’s not enough, the guide also includes a suggested anti-malware program that can automatically take care of the infection. However, before we get to that, there are some things we got to tell you about the nature of the Trojan Horse malware programs.

One of the more typical traits of Trojans the likes of InstallFlashPlayer.exe is that they are different from most other kinds of malware you may have heard about – Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware and so on. While a Ransomware or a Spyware infection would normally have a very specific purpose and its abilities would be limited by that purpose, Trojans are famous for their multipurpose nature and for their versatility. Anything from data theft, system destruction and software damage to espionage, establishing remote control over the computer and sneaking other malware programs in (as well as many other activities) is within the capabilities of many representatives of the Trojan Horse category. Because of that, it may be difficult to determine what the goal behind a given Trojan Horse attack may be. Nevertheless, eliminating the infection still remains a top priority if you wish to save your computer.

Remove InstallFlashPlayer.exe Virus

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).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. 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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:



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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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

Other things you need to be aware of when it comes to Trojans

InstallFlashPlayer.exe as well as the majority of other Trojan Horse programs are threats that can be really difficult to discern from regular and harmless types of content. For example, a Trojan executable could oftentimes get send directly to your email inbox in the form of a spam message’s attachment and if you are not vigilant and attentive enough, you could easily make the mistake of opening the said attachment and thus allowing the Trojan to infect your machine. The same could happen if you download some obscure piece of software or a pirated program or click on a random unsafe advert from a sketchy site. There are many other possible ways of getting infected by Trojans – those were only a few examples.

Vigilance is also important when it come to your system behavior. Increased RAM and processor use as well as frequent crashes to the Blue Screen of Death and frequent error messages could indicate a Trojan invasion. However, since those symptoms may not always be present, it is very important to keep a good antivirus program at your side that could help you spot potential malware threats that you might not be able to notice on your own.


Name InstallFlashPlayer.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Some of the Trojan threats could cause odd behavior of your PC but oftentimes there might be no symptos whatsoever.
Distribution Method A Trojan could come to you in the form of a spam message attachment, a misleading link, a fake update prompt as well as in many other ways.
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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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