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Friday, March 20, 2015

Remove "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop up (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
"Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date" is a fake pop-up being displayed by adware on popular web services like Steam and also web browsers. Usually, it shows up when you open a new tab or start a program. Please note that it's not a legitimate Flash Player update pop-up. If in doubt, you can always verify your version of Flash Player with the Adobe site. Have you ever wondered what exactly adware is? Adware, or advertising supported software to give it its full name, is not as harmful as some types of malicious software but about the best thing you can say about it is that usually you can ignore it, while at the other end of the scale, adware can be something that will drive you absolutely nuts thanks to its proliferation of "Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date" pop-up windows. And of course, there is the added fact that whether you choose to ignore it or not, adware is still something that is monitoring everything you do when you're connected to the Internet. The fake pop-up reads:
The version of this plug-in on your computer does not include the latest security updates and is blocked. To continue using "Adobe Flash Player", download and update from Adobe. 

The problem is that the given link won't redirect you to Adobe's official update website nor it will start a download from Adobe servers. What you will get is a malicious file that will install more adware on your computer.

So what does being infected with "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up and adware mean for you? Let's take a look at what adware actually is. We all see advertising everywhere we go; from television adverts to magazine ads and from billboards to adverts on the side of buses, we are constantly being marketed to. And the Internet is no different. Adware is a means for software developers who give away apps or programs, or who share files for free, to generate an income. It costs money to develop an app and selling advertising online is a potential way for a programmer to recoup some of their losses. But how do you get adware on your computer in the first place? It is usually bundled with the original program, file or app that you have downloaded.

So while adware that displays Adobe Flash Player is out of date pop-ups and similar adverts might be a good source of income for the programmer, what effect can it have on end users like me and you? As mentioned, in its most innocuous form, adware is nothing more than something which you can usually ignore, however if you've been infected by a nasty strain of it, it can have a detrimental knock on effect on the operation of your computer. And that's because adware installs a component on your PC that is tracking your browsing habits.

This component has been designed to monitor what websites you're visiting, collect that data and send it back to the programmer. This enables them to then show you adverts that have been tailored to match your interests – i.e. the goods or services that you have recently been looking at online. Clearly by showing you ads that you are more interested in increases the chances of you clicking on the advert and visiting, and of course potentially buying something. Even if you don't purchase anything, clicked-on adverts are still generating traffic to a site, which is in its own way beneficial to the website's owner. The downside for you is that this component slows down your CPU, your Internet connection and can leave your PC vulnerable to security breaches.

So how do you stop adware from installing itself on your computer and displaying "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up windows? The singularly most important thing you can do (aside from installing a good anti-malware – which we are going to assume you already have!) is to make sure you read End User License Agreements carefully. They will tell you what exactly you are installing – it will be hidden there somewhere in the small print – so make sure you take a couple of minutes extra to check.

If it's already too late and you are constantly flooded with "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-ups, then please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

"Adobe Flash Player is out of date" Pop-up Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove deals4me, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove deals4me, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove "Adobe Flash Player is out of date" pop-up related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.


Anonymous said...

Clean install, NO adware present, still getting this popup.