Malware on my Mac

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    See attached Screenshot. Malware Bytes is not detecting nor eliminating this Malware. Please advise.
     

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  3. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Malware bytes cannot find nor eliminate this malware. If you have a solution I am all ears.
     
  4. willmtaylor, Apr 30, 2019
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    That’s bc Adobe Flash—a legitimate program.

    While it is a program that has often been vulnerable to malware and attacks, it in and of itself is not malware.


    This is simply a rogue pop up ad.

    Seriously, you NEED to have real-time protection 24/7 if you can’t figure this one out.

    Also, as I also said before, Malwarebytes is one word.
     
  5. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No this is not legit! This is malware disguised as Adobe Flash Player that installs garbage on my computer. I know because when I get flash player updates they do not look like this screen. Besides system prefs day my version of flash player is up to date. I definitely have malware here.
     
  6. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    I would go to the adobe site and check for an update manually and if it shows one, then update.

    This looks like a legitimate adobe message. My son accidentally downloaded the fake one on his computer and it didn’t look like this.
     
  7. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No it’s not because I just updated adobe and besides systems prefs day adobe is up to date.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Ok, then is this a Safari window or in Finder?

    At second glance, it appears to just be a Safari window, which means this isn’t Malware but simply a nefarious pop up.
     
  9. chrfr macrumors 604

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    That is not a legitimate notification about Flash Player!
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    It's just a browser window- close it. You'd only get the malware if you actually installed whatever it is they're trying to make you install.
     
  10. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The window pops up all the time
     
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Indeed! I edited, as I also just came to the same conclusion.
     
  12. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How do I get rid of this annoying and constant pop up?
     
  13. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    On the same website or at random? Regardless, perhaps get a Safari content blocker extension.
     
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    command-q to quit Safari, then hold down the shift key as you launch Safari again. That should stop it from redirecting to that skeevy site.
     
  15. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will try this thanks.
     
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    When I asked if it were a joke, I was thinking it was either A) Because you'd gone to a site with a fake update warning and called a single website malware for fun. Or 2) Because you were trying to call Adobe Flash itself malware because of how crap it is.

    You say it pops up all the time. If the recommendation you replied to doesn't work, check that there's no Safari extension installed that looks suspicious. It's likely not dangerous at all, but something could be installed as a Safari extension to just show that all the time.

    I've also seen really tricky 'extensions' that change the search engine to Yahoo. If you try and change it back to Google or anything else, it immediately reverts. Uninstalling the extension the typical way also didn't work; You had to find it through Finder and trash it.
     
  17. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Only once but the popup appears once in a while (dont know how often). It never used to show up and I want it gone permanently.
     
  18. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If you are seeing website pop-ups like that, I am guessing you aren't using a pop-up blocker. If that is the case, I suggest you get one.

    The reason Malwarebytes didn't detect anything is because the pop-up in and of itself doesn't contain malware. If one installs the dmg file from the pop-up redirect, one would get malware.
     
  19. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What popup blocker do you recommend? Thanks..
     
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    The history wouldn't do anything. Caches, maybe. The history is just a list of where you've been.
     
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    I have never had Flash on my current MAC (late 2015) and eliminated it on my previous Mac (2009). I get the Flash pop up ad periodically. Several sites automatically sent a multitude of downloads to my download folder that I had to clear out (Zillow and the Pixie Pit SCRABBLE game), but none of them actually installed anything. I run Malwarebytes at least once a week and always after I get the annoying pop up;
     
  23. sracer macrumors G3

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    Good thought.

    That particular pop-up (fake Flash update notice) appears to be immune to pop-up blockers (at least the ones that I've tried). I have found that using the uBlock Origin extension in Chrome will prevent it from appearing. (I assume the uBO service used for Safari would do the same)
     
  24. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will take a look at this extension.
     
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    I use uBlock Origin with Safari and never have pop-ups (ever).
     

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