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Remove Fake Adobe Flash Player Update Virus

Fake Adobe Flash Player Update Virus is a browser hijacker application which is normally distributed via free download sources, ads, spam messages and download links and is promoted as a helpful addition to browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others. A number of users who have made Fake Adobe Flash Player Update Virus a part of their systems, however, have reported some potentially unwanted behavior and activities which seem to be coming from this application. They have complained about aggressive ads generation all over their screen that start to occur as soon as they start a new browsing session. Various ads, pop-ups, banners, and intrusive new tabs have been reported to interrupt the normal browsing activity as well. Some people have also reported that Fake Adobe Flash Player Update has installed some new toolbar on their default browser and has replaced their main search engine or homepage domain without asking for approval.

Such a behavior is typical for most browser hijackers since these pieces of software are created to aggressively advertise certain domains, search engines, software tools and products on the users’ screen during their web browsing. Many software developers create applications like Fake Adobe Flash Player Update with the sole purpose of earning revenue from sponsored promotions and pay-per-click ads, thus, they program their creations to behave in the above-described way. As a result, the users who have the browser hijacker installed on their system are constantly getting prompted to click on certain ads, pop-up offers and promotional links, as well as forced to deal with automatic page-redirects and potentially unwanted browser changes. If you are facing similar disturbances, you must be wondering whether there is a way to remove the nagging ads and uninstall the strange software. Fortunately, on this page, we have prepared a step-by-step removal guide with exact instructions on that, as well as a trusted Fake Adobe Flash Player Update Virus removal tool for automatic detection and removal.  

Remove Fake Adobe Flash Player Update Virus

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.


Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.


Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.


Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.


Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.


Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.


Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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