What is a Fake Flash Player update on Mac and how to stay safe?

New Mac virus infections are appearing massively these days. Adware like this is already irritating thousands of Apple users. However, some malware types can be more dangerous.

“Fake Flash Player Update” as the term suggests, is a flash player notification displayed by your Mac computer to install a software update recently made available by the system, but in reality, there are chances for it to contain malware disguised under the veil of an update.

There have been several reports where Mac was attacked by the fake Adobe Flash update which essentially originates from the Mac Package installer. The update signs itself with an authentic Developer ID certificate which efficiently traps the mediator of the system into believing that the files that are making it up to the user are completely safe.

Here there are usually two cases; in one, the Package installer is located outside the DMG volume and once the storage is removed, you will be furnished with an error. Nonetheless, when the Package installer is located within the DMG volume, you will be asked several times by the system itself to permit the installation.

The primary cause underlying these fake updates is the lack of strapping security in the Mac devices. Hackers are chiefly capitalizing on the users’ belief that their Mac devices are hardly vulnerable to malware unlike Windows and the programs that they were initially installed with will safeguard the growing threats. In the following section, we will be jotting down a few ways in which the user can be rendered safe from the clutches of these fake updates.

  • Step 1

Open your Mac and then visit “System Preferences” to customize your notification options to be displayed on the window. There are two ways of inputting your choice; firstly, you can click on the option available in the dock, and secondly, you can select the “System Preferences” from the Apple menu itself.

  • Step 2

On reaching this option, click on the Adobe Flash Player Icon and on opening it, select the tab named under “Updates.” Under this, you will find a message that says, “Flash Player can automatically check for updates to help protect your computer.” This is the origin that generates your Mac computer to install unwanted and malicious updates on its own. However, there will be three recourses available under it and they are, (i) “Allow Adobe to install updates,” (ii) “Notify me to install updates (in most cases this is the option that remains selected), (iii) “Never check for updates.”

  • Step 3

The most preferable option to opt for here is the one that says, "Never check for updates." Rather than allowing the native app to look and scan updates for itself, use anti-malware software to scan through the system. On completion, you will be presented with a catalog of files and malware infections that have been detected and let the computer permanently eliminate the update requests from these sources. After scanning, ensure that you reboot the computer and then start using it.

Alternative

On selecting the third option, you will be presented with a pop-up stating “System Preferences is trying to install a new helper tool.” Here, you will be asked to enter your Admin password which will then take you to install Helper. Once this step is finished, you will be no more bothered by the fake update notifications.

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