How to get rid of “Flash player out of date” virus on Mac
“Your Flash Player is out of date” is one of the most common scams on the internet. It plays on the fact that most people know that Adobe Flash is vulnerable to malware and that keeping it up to date is essential. By warning you it’s out of date, the scammers hope to trick you into clicking a link.
Everything you need to know about the "Flash Player out of date" virus
The pop-up that warns you that Flash Player is out of date isn’t a virus, but it is malware. Adware, to be precise. Its aim is to scare you into clicking a link, which will then download more malware to your Mac. Whatever you do, don’t click the link.
The pop-up can appear on your Mac for a couple of reasons. One is that a website you have visited has either been compromised and scammers have placed an advert on it, or that the site owner has been paid to display the advert and thinks so little of their visitors they are happy to put them at risk in order to earn money. The other is that you have already downloaded malware, perhaps a browser extension that has infiltrated your browser and is displaying intrusive adverts, no matter which sites you visit.
You can tell which is the most likely in your situation by asking yourself if the adverts only appear when you visit specific sites or whether they appear randomly. If it’s the latter, your browser has likely been compromised by a malicious extension. Fortunately, these aren’t too difficult to remove. Read on to find out how.
How to remove the "Flash Player is out of date" virus
Some instances of the pop-up occur because of a website you visit. Others will appear because your browser has been infected by a malware extension. Here’s how to deal with those extensions. We’ll also show you how to remove any files, like cookies, the website that displayed the pop-up may have placed on your Mac.
Remove extensions from Safari
- Launch Safari, click on the Safari menu, and choose Preferences.
- Select the Extensions tab.
- Review the installed extensions and look for one that you don’t recognize or that looks suspicious.
- Click on the suspicious extension and press Uninstall.
- Choose the Privacy tab and select Manage website data.
6. Scroll through the list of sites until you see the one that displayed the pop-up and press Remove.
Remove extensions and data from Chrome
- Launch Chrome, then click on the More button (three dots) in the toolbar.
- In the menu, choose More Tools then Extensions.
- Alternatively, type
chrome://extensionsinto the address bar.
4. Look for an extension that you haven’t installed yourself, or that looks suspicious.
5. Choose it, and press Remove.
chrome://settings into the address bar.
7. Press Advanced, then Privacy and Security.
8. Scroll down and click on Clear Browsing Data.
9. Check the boxes next to all three options and choose a time period from the menu.
10. Scroll down and press Clear browsing data.
Remove extensions and data from Firefox
- Click on the three horizontal lines at the right of Firefox’s toolbar.
- Choose Add-ons.
- Select Extensions and look for an extension you haven’t installed.
- Click Remove.
- Click on the three lines again and choose Options.
- Select Privacy in the sidebar and click on “clear your recent history.”
- Choose a time range from the menu, check “cookies” and “cache.”
- Press Clear Now.
In most cases, that will be enough to make sure that any malware that’s causing you to see the “Your Flash Player is out of date” pop up has been removed. However, there may also be a launch agent that will cause the extension to be reinstalled the next time you start your Mac. Here’s how to remove it.
Remove suspicious Launch Agents
The easiest way to remove launch agents is to use CleanMyMac X. It can also quickly and easily remove website data like cookies and cache, as well as uninstall browser extensions from some web browsers.
Here’s how to use it to remove launch agents:
- Download and install CleanMyMac X.
- Launch it and choose the Optimization tool.
- Press View all Items.
- Choose Launch Agents.
- Select the launch agent you want to remove and press Remove.
The “Your Flash Player is out of date” pop-up is one of the most common scams on the web. It can appear even if you don’t have Flash installed on your Mac. It’s an attempt to scare you into clicking on a link that will then download malware to your Mac. Don’t ever click the link. If you do, you should scan your Mac for malware, which you can do using CleanMyMac X’s Malware Removal tool:
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