Virtually every Mac user is familiar with recurring Adobe Flash Player update notifications that show up every time the Web is browsed. Given that the flash player is one of the most commonly used web plug-ins, there is no surprise that hackers try to disguise their malware as the benign app. For this reason, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between the genuine Adobe Flash Player updates and bogus ones. Seasoned Web users are already inured to numerous forms and varieties of fake Adobe updates. Less sophisticated Mac owners, on the other hand, might find it difficult to spot illegitimate Adobe notifications regarding the availability of software updates.
The article aims to assist Mac aficionados in detecting bogus Adobe Flash Player updates. It will also inform them of dangers associated with installing malware that comes in the guise of harmless software.
How Do Fake Adobe Flash Player Updates Look Like?
Update prompts that seek to deceive Mac users into installing malware on their system take various forms. It is important to recognize that rogue package installers will not result in the update of Adobe Flash Player if the user is tricked into downloading them. To avoid harmful consequences of the malware intrusion, it is necessary to know how the most prevalent fake update prompts look like. Consider the images below:
None of these Flash Player updates is the real one. More often than not hacked websites are responsible for spreading such malware. Therefore, the first line of defense against virus intrusions is to restrict the Web browsing to legitimate websites, which don’t pose online security threats.
If, despite being cautious, a Mac user is presented with fake Adobe notifications, they shouldn’t succumb to the urge to get rid of pesky prompts by clicking the Install Now or Update button. Under no circumstances, it is reasonable to proceed with installing the malicious software. The proper response to bogus Flash Player update prompts is to ignore them by simply closing a web page. If the page carrying unsolicited updates cannot be closed, it might be necessary to close Safari browser. When relaunching the browser, it is recommended to hold the Shift key to prevent previously browsed pages from reloading upon the launch.
What Happens If Malware is Installed?
If a user has been deceived into installing malware, they could experience unexpected system crashes. Their Mac may become inexplicably sluggish and unstable, which is manifested through regular hangs and reboots. One of the worst symptoms of malware infection is data loss. Individuals spreading fake Flash Player updates might be able to access users’ passwords and private information, thereby causing them harm the scope of which is difficult to predict.
Should One Uninstall Adobe Flash Player?
Taken into consideration the unreasonable level of security threat associated with the use of Adobe Flash Player, it is smart to uninstall it altogether. The security flaws outweigh the benefits of its use, which are few and far between. After all, the increasingly limited number of websites requires Flash Player for displaying media content. For this reason, the removal of the software is the surefire way of reducing the frequency of exploit attempts. It has to be borne in mind, however, that fraudulent Adobe update prompts can pop up in a browser regardless of whether a Mac owner uses the player or not.