Remove “Update Flash Player” Pop-up (Chrome/FF/IE) Dec. 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove “Update Flash Player” Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have the “Update Flash Player” app on your computer and browser, this might not be the most pleasant of experiences. Still, the good news is that you aren’t dealing with some scary virus infection such as an attack from a Trojan Horse or from a Ransomware cryptovirus. That said, it’s still crucial that you get to know “Update Flash Player” in detail and you learn about the different ways you can get it removed and uninstalled. The main reasons why you might want to do that is because it is likely that this rather irritating app has put a new search engine tool and homepage in your browser and because it is likely triggering unpleasant page redirects and ads generation each time you attempt to browse the Internet using any of your browsers. Typically, the majority of the browsing programs like Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera could get affected by the activities of an app like “Update Flash Player” so it really doesn’t matter what browser you are normally using. Also, know that though it is not a virus, taking away the pesky software component from your PC and computer is likely not going to be as simple as uninstalling a regular program or browser extension. Apps like “Update Flash Player” (better known as browser hijackers) are usually somewhat tricky to remove as they tend to come back if the user hasn’t managed to properly get rid of all the data on the PC that might be related to them. The good news here is that we can help you take care of hijackers like this one by showing you our removal guide that has all the information you might need in order to successfully eliminate the pesky software piece from your computer system. The said guide contains a set of instructions arranged into several steps that anyone could execute which should result in the full removal of “Update Flash Player”.

Remove “Update Flash Player” Pop-up

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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 


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.

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.


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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Update 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 “Update Flash Player” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Update 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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, however, you feel like your level of tech-savviness is not going to be enough for you to accurately complete the guide, worry not as there’s also the automatic method of removing the hijacker which includes using some quality software tool like the one that we have added to the guide. So, if you don’t feel confident enough to follow the steps from the guide, you can always resort to the removal program that we have posted on this page and use it as means of removing and uninstalling the undesirable hijacker.

The importance of cleaning your PC off “Update Flash Player”

Although the sheer annoyance and intrusiveness caused by the browser changes and the constant ads and page redirects is enough for most of the users to want to remove the culprit behind those unpleasant activities, some of you might be able to ignore and put up with the effects of “Update Flash Player” on their browsers and might not necessarily see the need for removing the hijacker. This is where we ought to tell you that there’s one other very important reason why hijackers should normally not be allowed to stay on any computer. This reason has to do with your PC safety and security and the fact that the presence of a software element like “Update Flash Player” on it might compromise them. We aren’t saying that hijackers like this one are viruses – they aren’t. However, because of their oftentimes uncontrolled or loosely controlled advertising campaigns, it is possible that a lot of their banners, pup-ups, redirects and otherwise advertising materials might be unsafe for the user’s machine. It is even possible for you to have your machine attacked by some scary infection like a Trojan Horse virus or a nefarious Ransomware program if you happen to click on some sketchy advert or interact with the contents of some unreliable page that a hijacker has redirected you to. So, remember that it’s pretty much always better to get rid of any hijacker that might be residing in your system.

How to stop hijackers in the future?

Naturally, being cautious and vigilant while surfing the World Wide Web is a necessity for anyone who wishes to keep their computer system clean and safe. No shady sites should ever be visited and no unreliable or sketchy-looking content should get downloaded on the PC. In fact, even if you download some reliable-looking program, it’s still important to check its setup menu for bundled apps before you install it. If you see that there are some added components to the program that you don’t think you can trust, be sure to leave them out by removing the checkmarks next to them before you get the installation started so you don’t get anything unwanted on your computer.


Name “Update Flash Player”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers are really irritating when they are on your browser so you won’t have any difficulty noticing any such app as soon as the pesky ads and page redirects start to flood your screen.
Distribution Method Hijacker creators tend to employ methods such as malvertising, spam messaging and software bundling to distribute their undesirable apps.
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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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