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Flash Player Upgrade Required

Posted: September 17, 2009

Although some 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' messages are genuine, others are fake and can be used to install a colorful range of PC threats such as rogue security programs, rootkits, Trojans and viruses. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that recent 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' attacks have been particularly-common on Facebook and other types of social networking websites as well as on fake adult video websites. If you see a 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' message while you're attempting to access content from an unusual source, the safest thing for you to do is to update Flash by going to an official source (like Adobe itself). If your version of Flash is up-to-date and you continue to see this message, you should consider this occurrence of 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' to be an attack on your PC and react with system scans from appropriate anti-malware applications.

The Plausible Lie of a Fake 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' Pop-Up

Legitimate 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' pop-ups do occur if you try to view new Flash content with an outdated version of Flash, but in such cases, simply-updating Flash by safe mechanisms (such as by going to Adobe's website or by using your Flash Player's built-in update feature) will allow you to update Flash to its latest version. You should never see a 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' error message if you have the latest version of Flash; however, SpywareRemove.com malware research team is saddened to note that hackers also utilize 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' for their less than benign purposes.

'Flash Player Upgrade Required' error messages have been previously-noticed on fake adult movie sites and are often embedded into simulations of movie players. Hapless victims that trust this fake 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' screen will be infected after they click the proffered update link; most infections that have been found to use this method are Trojans (like Trojan.Win32.Riern, Trojan.PSW.XYOnline.pb and Trojan.Win32.Jorik.Diodih.z).

A Brand-New 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' with the Same-Old Attacks

SpywareRemove.com malware experts have also found 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' messages being used in Facebook-based attacks. This particular variant of the 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' error, which is coupled with a fake video link, installs Trojan-Downloader.Win32.CodecPack.2GCash. Trojan-Downloader.Win32.CodecPack.2GCash is a 2008-originated Trojan that sets up other forms of damaging software. However, usage of good anti-malware software can remove Trojan-Downloader.Win32.CodecPack.2GCash and any additional types of PC threats that are related to a fake 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' update. Trojan-Downloader.Win32.CodecPack.2GCash may also be detected by its alternate names: Trojan.Click.27984, Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Suurch.rf, Packer.Malware.Lighty.F, TROJ_FAKEALE.SME, TrojanClicker:Win32/Hatigh.C, TR/Crypt.ZPACK.Gen and FakeAlert-DA.

However, as long as you acquire your Flash updates from safe sources (instead of from questionable 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' links), your PC should be under minimal danger from 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' infections. Contact with a 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' pop-up may necessitate a complete system scan, however, since some variants of 'Flash Player Upgrade Required' error screens may use Flash or Java scripts to install harmful software without even acquiring your permission.

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