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Adobe Flash Installer wanted to install Helper Apps

New Here ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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The Adobe Flash Player Install Manager, version 32.0.0.142 (32.0.0.142) popped up and wanted me to update the Flash Player.

I searched the internet and that version was the latest so I decided to accept it.

I checked the URL and it was an adobe.com website so I thought:  Adobe - Adobe Flash Player Download

https: //get3.adobe.com/flashplayer/update/osx/  (I had to include a space between the : and // to be able to type in the URL).

I hit the Update now button and opened it up and ran it.  After entering my admin password, it installed Adobe Flash Player (I believe) and then it asked to install a "Helper" app.  I hit cancel and again I got a request to install another "Helper" app.  Again I refused.

Is Adobe including spam apps now?  I hope that the Flash Player is okay, but I'm concerned.  Please advise.

Thank you.

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Most Valuable Participant , Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019
The helper app is needed because the Flash Player is a system component, and Apple have an extra layer of protection for system components in recent versions of Mac OS. The helper tool is just part of the installer (and updater). If this is the official download, it's fine. Your download is official, so it's ok.

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Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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The helper app is needed because the Flash Player is a system component, and Apple have an extra layer of protection for system components in recent versions of Mac OS. The helper tool is just part of the installer (and updater). If this is the official download, it's fine. Your download is official, so it's ok.

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New Here ,
Jul 02, 2019 Jul 02, 2019

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Baloney! I had to click through the "Helper app" install several times and it installed the BokkingRentalCars.app (and opened it) as well as the Mac Cleanup Pro.app and added the Anysearch extension to Safari, which changed my search to Yahoo.

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Jul 02, 2019 Jul 02, 2019

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Bad stuff. You have been tricked into installing a Fake Adobe Flash Player. Recommend you wipe your hard disk and start from scratch, you may have got some much worse badware than you know.  Never download updates to your software from a link or page given by a web site you visit, even if it seems really trustworthy. Go back to source

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2019 Oct 23, 2019

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Unable to do this was installed by Dell when I purchased it!  This is rediculous, blocking 3 games unable to do anything, this is a pain! Is this legit??  & don't give me any gobeldegook   how to fix it!

 

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 23, 2019 Oct 23, 2019

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Is WHAT legit? Please ask your question clearly and describe your problem in detail. If we assume your problem is the same we may give you bad info. Especially as all the questions up to now were about Mac.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2020 Jan 16, 2020

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That is just one part of the answer. It is correct however, the message comes from an action to install the auto-updater. So Adobe forces Flash-users to opt-in that function in stead of asking for it. An  opt-out should be the default regardless how much "caring" Adobe is for its users. Fiddling around with root priveledges without questions and alternatives is not how modern software developers should behave.

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Jan 16, 2020 Jan 16, 2020

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Opinions differ very much on this. One school of thought (for example, Microsoft with Windows 10 updates) is that because security risks are high and attacks follow fixes very quickly, that this justifies defaulting to automatic updates, and making it difficult or impossible to opt out. Anyway, the problem will be resolved at the end of the year.

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Advisor ,
Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020

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Nothing will be resolved at the end of the year since JavaScript is the main language having 1000 times more attacks and securiity holes than Flash, for example intercept a browser client to calculate crypto currency mining and use all the client machin resources.

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Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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I somewhat agree with that. However, Adobe should at least be more clear about where the message comes from, why, and give the user a choice. Just saying "it's MacOS" and "Flash is a system component" is simply very far from the truth.

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