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Remove Flash Player Pro virus (Free Instructions) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Flash Player Pro malware finds new ways to target netizens

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Flash Player Pro virus pretends to be a fake application of the original Adobe Flash Player. According to security experts, it is spread via fake notifications: “Flash Player Update!,” “Download Flash Player Pro”, “Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to continue,” “A Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content”, etc.

Typically, the pop-ups appear when a user tries to play the video on the Internet or download some kind of program to the system. Sometimes such notifications can be simply turned off by exiting the tab. Otherwise, if you switch to another site and it still prompts you to install Flash Player Pro, it suggests that the browser has been plagued with adware.

Note that the title highly resembles the original title of the application. If you are wondering what is Flash Player Pro, it is the adware program created for the purposes of deceiving users and directing them to specific domains. Originally, adware programs:

  • display pop-up alerts 
  • direct users to specific sponsored web pages
  • offer to install questionable or even malicious add-ons

One of the main hints suggesting the suspicious origin of the tool is the URL domain name. Note that Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded or update via www.adobe.com. You should not download anything which is promoted by apis.googlesupport(…) or other domain with a random and long page name. 

Additionally, you may notice that the name of the extension slightly differs as well. Is Flash Player safe? The original application is not related to these adware variations in any way.

Though the very software is safe, indeed, its vulnerabilities have encouraged malware developers to target it constantly. If you notice the commercial offers of this PUP, initiate Flash Player Pro malware removal. ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes will assist you in the process.

Adobe Flash Player – inspiration for cyber criminals

It is no news that the latter browser plug-in has been targeted by cyber crooks multiple times already.[1] Due to its widespread use, even authors of more menacing virtual threats have been exploiting it.[2] Furthermore, since it is constantly updated[3], racketeers make advantage of it as well. Thus, you may notice such adware variations as Flash Player Pro v5.4, etc. 

If you install such adware extension, you may soon witness a series of the bothersome phenomenon. Besides already mentioned Flash Player Pro redirect issue and pop-up issues, you may notice that the toolbar is gradually filled up with questionable add-ons. 

Questions about Flash Player Pro virus

Furthermore, you may dislike the fact that your online activity is constantly surveyed by the web scripts of this PUP. depending on what sort of Adobe Flash Player Pro adware resides on the system, not only your non-personal information may be transferred to third parties, but your personal details might be leaked as well. Thus, make a rush to remove Flash Player Pro. Flash Player Pro adware samplesFlash Player Pro update ads might pop up in any movie streaming or torrent sharing site as well.

Ways how to prevent the infiltration of PUPs

The PUP might be distributed via adware-type applications, especially the ones promoted on the websites, such as treyeats.com, update91.com, updateplayers.com/flash/, overcrowded with fake download buttons. Alternatively, you may encounter “Flash Player Pro hijack” when you visit one of the mentioned sites and click on the link provided there. If you get directed to the site which advertises questionable virus scanners, you are also likely to encounter the PUP.

If you get directed to the site which advertises questionable virus scanners, you are also likely to encounter the PUP. In lower the risk of encountering such PUPs, anti-malware tools will come in handy. When you download any applications, make sure you choose “Advanced” method. It will disclose optional programs and you will be able to cease the irrelevant add-ons before they enter the system.

Eliminate Flash Player Pro elements

You can successfully get rid of the adware scripts by clearing the browser cache files., cookies and web scripts. You can do so by following manual Flash Player Pro removal guidelines or you can opt for a faster solution – run the scan with malware elimination tool. It will also come in handy dealing with more elaborate threats.

Note that original Adobe Flash Player update notifications pop-up right after Windows or Mac OS logs in. You should treat all such Flash Player Pro ads and similar alerts as fake if they emerge only after you visit a respective site. This adware does not have preferences on its targets, so either you are a Chinese netizen[4] or Portuguese, you should be vigilant for the similar adware lurking on the Web.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Flash Player Pro virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Flash Player Pro from Windows systems

If you notice that similar Flash Player Pro popups only plague one browser, clean it with the assistance of malware elimination utility or reset the browser settings. More information on how to perform it on each browser is displayed in the instructions provided below the browser headlines.

To remove Flash Player Pro from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Flash Player Pro (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Flash Player Pro from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Flash Player Pro from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Flash Player Pro-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Flash Player Pro, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Flash Player Pro and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Flash Player Pro-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Flash Player Pro from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Flash Player Pro and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Flash Player Pro removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Flash Player Pro virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Flash Player Pro-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Flash Player Pro from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Flash Player Pro and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Flash Player Pro did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Flash Player Pro removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Flash Player Pro from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Flash Player Pro by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Flash Player Pro-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Flash Player Pro removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Flash Player Pro from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Flash Player Pro and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Kathleen Bendinelli says:
    July 7th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I stupidly downloaded it, and my tech guy just removed it for me. How do you keep the pop up from trying to install it again? Any way to block it?

  2. Locika boys says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    i have this when i try to open facebook or youtube

  3. Pali says:
    August 10th, 2014 at 2:09 am

    SpyHunter only detects malware and wont remove it unless the software is purchased? Please confirm.

  4. amir says:
    December 28th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    u r totally right ,, useless stupid program

  5. Jonny says:
    December 29th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Using a virtual private network solved it for me

  6. Krishna says:
    May 18th, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Is there any proper slotuion to this

  7. nfarlow says:
    August 17th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I went through the steps listed above, did not find Flash Player Pro or any other suspicious items in my apps, and found no suspicious extensions in Safari. I also installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and have been running it, but it finds nothing suspicious either. Yet I still get this really annoying Download Flash Player window replacing the page I am on, at random times. Any other suggestions for getting rid of this thing?

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