So I was prompted the other day to update Flash player. Everything looked just as it normally does so I continued to download and install the update to flash, however, after downloaded in noticed something that cause me concern. It had to do with the URL: https://get3.adobe.com/flashplayer/update/ppapiosx/
The little "3" after "get" didn't look familiar. What I need to know is if this is a legit link? If not I need to search for this rouge app and delete it, if at all possible Here is an image of the file in question.
This eases my mind. Thank you so much!
I received a message today from a legit site I use daily that my Flash Player needed an update. I thought I was updating my Flash Player only to find a obnoxious and aggressive sell ad locking my screen. It was for an offshore scam operation called "Advanced Mac Cleaner". Shut down and powered back up.
I had not heard of this particular software or seen it before. The Flash icon appeared to be legit. I then found both a "Flash" installer app with today's date as well as the Advanced Mac bearing today's date. I trashed both.
Is it possible for these scammers to piggyback on a legit Flash Player install? Or do they just copy the Flash Player icon? Does Adobe take any actions to disrupt their operation? Is there an Adobe contact to report such?
It is absolutely possible for scammers to piggyback on legit Flash Player installers, and unfortunately they do. Thanks to your sharp eye you didn't fall prey to installing some unwanted program on your system. Adobe does take action to disrupt them. If you have the URL from where you downloaded the fake installer from you can either private message it to me or send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org (see Notifying Adobe of Security Issues).
im guessing thats part of the reason flash it being discontinued...
we're all gonna miss you flash and thank got that people are making huge databanks of old games so they can be preserved.
I received a pop-up message today which asked me to update my flash player.
When I downloaded the files, I suspected this may be a phishing file and had a slightly different file name than that on the Adobe site. The file on the right side is from the Adobe web site and has a has a create date of June 21, 2016 and a file size of 2.4 MB. The file on the left is from the pop-up and is much smaller (0.77 MB) and has a create date of 9-12-2016.
Assuming the install program from the Adobe website is correct, but looking for confirmation and advice to block this realistic looking pop-up.
Hi markl11848571 ,
Based on the info provided it's possible both are legit, but the June 21 date is a odd. The info from the screenshot on the left seems to be the info from the DMG file, whereas the info from the screenshot on the right seems to be the info from the .app file. Please do the following:
Maria, I got a Flash Out-of-date pop-up notice. Looked like it came from Adobe. Downloaded. Pfish crap. MacCleaner piggy-backed. Totally annoying. Now I need to clean my Mac of Mac Cleaner... I will kill that company...
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Hi martinbay ,
I'm sorry that happened. On occasion (when I have time) I perform internet searches for fake flash player installers and forward them to our fraud/phishing team. I'm very, very familiar with the Flash Player branding, and the branding on our download page, and sometimes I'm amazed at the branding on some of these fake flash sites/installers looks like the official branding. Sometimes it's just one or two words off and this is something the average user wouldn't know. A few ways to avoid downloading a fake installer:
800-722-4077 was the phish number that connected to India...
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How about this one?
I constantly get this window on my screen, Windows 10. I know it is a fake, but how do I stop the window from popping up?
This is the download site for your phishing team.
Thank you. I've reported the URL. Feel free to report it directly to email@example.com. Also including a screenshot of the window is a good idea (I don't click on these types of links)
I know it is a fake, but how do I stop the window from popping up?
The link you have shared is not a genuine adobe link. To get latest version of Flash Player, you can go to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer page. For the link mentioned in your post, I will write to phishing team. In case you see such updates in the future which you feel are not from genuine source you can directly write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legitimate Flash Player installers are ONLY available from adobe.com (and macromedia.com) anything else will most likely install a virus, malware, etc.
Thanks for answering back then,
What I do is to go into my Mac System Preferences and have Adobe automatically install updates. That way the decision to install is not up to me, and there's no chance of getting tricked into downloading malware.