Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” virus

“A Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” pop-up is a social engineering technique, which is used cybercriminals to install adware and other malicious programs on users machines.
[Image: Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content virus]
“A Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” virus is distributed through several means. Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised, may drop this Trojan onto a compromised computer. This drive-by-download often happens surreptitiously. Another method used to propagate this type of malware is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software.
“Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” virus is also prevalent on peer-to-peer file sharing websites and is often packaged with pirated or illegally acquired software.
On infected or compromised websites, cybercriminals will display a pop-up box stating that Flash Player needs to be updated. If you click on the “Recommended Download” button, instead of installing a Flash Player update, you’ll agree to install adware or another malicious program.
The text of this pop-up is:

A Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content

  • 100% Free Update
  • Experience the Web at its fullest
  • Beautiful HD video, faster graphics rendering, and high performance
  • Richer, more immersive user experiences

See details….
This update will only take a couple of minutes.

“A Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” link may install on your computer, toolbars (Babylon Toolbar, Delta Toolbar), adware (Yontoo, DealPly, CouponBuddy) or other forms of malware.
[Image: Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content popup]
This infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.

Depending on what is causing the “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” popup ads, the malware removal process can be different for each particular case, however using the below guide, you should be able to remove this infection from your computer.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

“Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” programs from your computer

“Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” popup may be displayed by a adware program that you recently have installed. In our case “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” adware was installed with DownloadTerms, LyricsPal or HD Flash Player programs, and we will need to uninstall any of these programs.

  1. To uninstall Kaq Pagerte programs from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall DownloadTerms, LyricsPal, Yontoo, BrowserProtect, HD Flash Player and any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content programs]

Depending on what program has installed this adware, the above programs may have a different name.
We recommend that you uninstall any other unknown or unwated programs.


STEP 2 : Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” pop-ups ads from your browser

Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” pop-ups from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content virus
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” pop-ups from Google Chrome

  1. Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
  2. In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the YontooFindLyrics and any other unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
    [Image: Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content extensions]

STEP 3: Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” registry keys with AdwCleaner

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.

STEP 4: Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a powerfull on-demand scanner which will remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” malicious files from your computer.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked,then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab,select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” malicious files as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content virus
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing virus]
  7. After your computer restarts, open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform a full system scan to verify that there are no remaining threats.

STEP 5: Remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” malicious files with HitmanPro

“Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” may also install a rootkit on victims computer, to remove this malicious program we will use HitmanPro.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link, then double-click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
    IF you are experiencing problems while trying to start HitmanPro, you can use the Force Breach mode.To start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode, hold down the left CTRL key when you start HitmanPro and all non-essential processes are terminated, including the malware process. (How to start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode – Video)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro scanner
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” malicious files as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scanning for Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove this malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

STEP 6: Reset the Windows Hosts file back to its default settings

The “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” trojan has modified your Hosts file, so that you’ll be redirected to those Flash Player update pages. To reset the Hosts file back to its default settings, we will run Microsoft Fix it 50267.

  1. Download Microsoft Fix it 50267 from the below link.
    MICROSOFT FIX IT 50267 DOWNLOAD LINK  (This link will automatically download Microsoft Fix it 50267 on your computer)
  2. Double click on MicrosoftFixit50267, then follow the prompts to reset your Windows Hosts file.
    [Image: Repair HOSTS file]

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove “Flash Player Update is Required to View this Content” virus from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
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