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Old 03-11-2020, 06:45 AM   #1
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"update flash player" redirects?

I'm getting redirected to "update your flash player" web pages whenever I open an updated forum thread.

I can usually click "back" and get to the thread.

It's only occurring on this site...anyone else?

Mac OS 10.12 Safari web browser.
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:52 AM   #2
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Old 03-11-2020, 07:30 AM   #3
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That request to update Flash Player would be caused by some ad that is being served to you (not everyone). It's always a good idea to update your software to the latest version just for fixes to security vulnerabilities.
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:07 AM   #4
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i am getting this on Safari too. I think it may be Malware.
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:25 AM   #5
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You are likely seeing a popup caused by unwanted adware. DO NOT CLICK.

As you surf the internet, your machine gets cookies and other "gifts" and occasionally some of those are persistent or even malicious. I've seen numerous reports of this same thing in the past week. Good reading here: https://macsecurity.net/view/227-ado...date-mac-virus

This is not a new issue for mac users but seems to have been recently resurrected.

You can begin by cleaning your cookies and cache and doing a restart. You may want to run malwarebytes or some other utility to rid yourself of this. They have a free version that should do the trick

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:29 AM   #6
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I'm getting redirected to this or similar sites when I go to some (not all) pages on the forum. Maybe it is due to one of the ads. I don't get it on my iPad, but do on my laptop PC (Windows 10, Edge, Norton).

I ran CCleaner to clean out cookies and so on, and then scanned used Norton and Malwarebytes but to no avail. They aren't finding anything malicious on my laptop.
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MacBook with latest flash player...

This is the only website it happens, nowhere else. Started yesterday in earnest.

So frequent that it prevents me from using the site at times. Early yesterday could not use website, constantly came up on every page. Was able to use late yesterday for awhile. Today I got it a couple of times already.

Agreed that it's likely malware/phishing (presumably from an ad), but not sure what to do.
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Old 03-11-2020, 11:12 AM   #8
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Agreed that it's likely malware/phishing (presumably from an ad), but not sure what to do.
Best thing to do is what Janet H recommended above.
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I don't have Flash Player installed at all, due to ongoing security issues. I haven't run into a problem on this site, but any time I want to change my AA chart on Vanguard it tells me I need to install Macromedia Flash. I won't do it so I can't use that feature. Annoying. I guess they'll get around to HTML5 sometime this decade.
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download adwcleaner.exe and see what it finds.
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I don't see that at all. I recommend installing uBlock Origin or uBlock Matrix. Blocking website ads is a security issue, and should be addressed with extreme prejudice.
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No problem (fingers crossed!) here running Safari 13.0.5 under MacOS Catalina 10.15.
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malwarebytes seems to have fixed it for now...quarantined a couple of items.

EDIT: also installed ublock

problem came back, disabled javascript...that seems to have worked.
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My problem (reported in post #6 above) seems to have vanished without me doing or changing anything at all. Thank you, forum admins and staff.
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download adwcleaner.exe and see what it finds.
Of course that would require OP to purchase a Windows PC to run the program!
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I have it on this site, bad. Tried Malware, but that did not solve the problem. I only tried the free service, but I am not inclined to buy the "Premium" product since the free download did not solve it.

I have Safari 11.1.2, on Mac OS X 10.11.6

Any other suggestions? It's driving me nuts. It does eventually stop, but I have to keep hitting the back page button, sometimes a dozen times to make it stop.
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I'd buy a PC.


Try all steps in this article:
https://www.lifewire.com/restoring-s...ettings-446560
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tried it all...worse now than ever....

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I kept getting a Flash update redirect on a youtube to mp3 site that worked for otheres BUT I know I have the latest Flash and refuse to download from non Adobe site. In fact, I only activate Flash for specific sites. So any redirects are definitely suspect for malware. Love Malwarebytes
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I kept getting a Flash update redirect on a youtube to mp3 site that worked for otheres BUT I know I have the latest Flash and refuse to download from non Adobe site. In fact, I only activate Flash for specific sites. So any redirects are definitely suspect for malware. Love Malwarebytes
I get flash player and realplayer update popups from time to time (especially flash player). I have heard they can be from dangerous websites which can install malware. So, I always go to the adobe or realplayer websites to download any new or updated software.
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