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  1. Every second Tuesday of each month Microsoft rolls out a new series of updates and patches for Windows and their various products and technologies, and to coincide with this, Adobe, the makers of Adobe Flash Player also publish updates for the popular Flash Player plugin for web browsers on the same day. It's important to remember to update your Flash Player along with your normal Windows Updates/Microsoft Updates because the bad guys love to exploit vulnerabilities in Flash Player and other browser plugins, especially since such vulnerabilities are typically operating system and sometimes even browser agnostic, meaning you're vulnerable to it no matter what version of Windows you may be using and regardless of which web browser you might use to access the internet. While there are scheduled update checks for Flash by default upon installation and while the version integrated into Edge gets updated through Windows Update/Microsoft Update, it's important to remember to update the plugin yourself if you use any other browsers and to check to see if your Flash might be out of date regularly, at least once a month on Patch Tuesday when dealing with the monthly Windows Updates. To that end, the following links may prove useful, especially if you're like me and you handle the updating yourself and disable the scheduled update checks for Flash Player. I keep them in my Favorites/Bookmarks to make checking and updating Flash easy. First, you can check to see if the version of Flash you have installed is the latest or not by visiting the following page with your browser: Check Flash Player Version http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/about/ Next, assuming you're like me and prefer to perform a clean uninstall of any old Flash Player versions prior to upgrading to the latest, you'll want to run this tool from Adobe designed for that purpose (it will uninstall all downloadable versions of Flash for all browsers so you only need to run it once even if, like me, you have Flash installed for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer): Flash Player Uninstaller http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe Note: I've also attached a tool of my own that I always use when upgrading Flash. If you decide to use it yourself, be sure to follow the included instructions in the text file in the attached archive and that you only run it after you have already either run the above Flash uninstall tool linked above, or after having already removed all versions of Flash Player via Programs and Features/Add/Remove Programs; I will NOT be held responsible if you accidentally break your Flash plugin by using the attached tool incorrectly (though if you do, all you should need to do is reinstall the version of Flash appropriate to your browser to fix it so it isn't the end of the world). Flash Post-Uninstall Clean Tool.zip Now for the installers. Currently there are 3 separate Flash Player downloads for Windows depending on which browser you use. Also note that some of these apply to more than one browser. For example, all Chromium based browsers such as Google Chrome and SRWare Iron use the PPAPI version of Flash Player, while Firefox and other browsers based on its open source code use the NPAPI plugin version and Internet Explorer uses the ActiveX version (Microsoft Edge, which ships with newer Windows versions has its own version of Flash integrated into it which gets patched through Windows Update/Microsoft Update). These are the standalone installers which include no toolbars, browsers or any other bundled or add-on applications (the stuff offered by Adobe when you download Flash and their other free tools from their normal webpage): Flash Player Chromium based browsers (PPAPI) http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe Flash Player Firefox (NPAPI) http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe Flash Player ActiveX for Internet Explorer http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe While the day is rapidly approaching that the web will no longer rely on such plugins (thankfully, since they have pretty much been a constant source of vulnerabilities for exploits), the fact remains that many sites still rely on Flash Player as it is one of the last lingering plugins which still has yet to be almost completely phased out of use (if you still have the Java browser plugin installed, PLEASE REMOVE IT NOW!) so if you need to have Flash, as I still do, then you need to be responsible and keep it patched for the security of your system as well as others' because malware spreads. So remember to keep not only your operating system patched each month, but also your web facing plugins like Flash if you use them, especially if you don't have the Premium version of Malwarebytes (its anti-exploit technology tends to prevent the kinds of 0-day vulnerabilities that Flash and other browser plugins tend to contain) because you don't want to give the bad guys an easy target when you go out there surfing the web. I hope you found this information useful. Happy surfing and remember to stay safe out there !
  2. What is Adobe Flash TSS? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Adobe Flash TSS is a Tech Support Scam. These so-called "Tech Support Scammers" try to trick you into calling their phone number for various reasons, all of which turn out to be fraudulent in the end. How do I know if my computer is affected by Adobe Flash TSS? You will see this screen as soon as the executable is run: and this screen if you click on the highlight part of the blue bar, marked "Security": How did Adobe Flash TSS get on my computer? Tech Support Scammers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as an installer for Adobe Player. How do I remove Adobe Flash TSS? Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application, but due to the nature of the infection thiks will require a few extra steps. When confronted with the lockscreen shown above, use the key combination Ctrl-Alt-Del From the menu choose "Task Manager". In Taskmanager select the process called "Adobe Flash Player" with the description "Shell". Click on "End Process" to stop the screenlocker. When you return to the desktop, you may see this site open in your default browser: Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop. Double-click mbam-setup-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to: Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Then click Finish. Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu. If an update is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected. Restart your computer when prompted to do so. Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Adobe Flash TSS? No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Adobe Flash TSS completely. How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me? We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker. As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Tech Supprt Scam. Technical details for experts You may see these entries in FRST logs: HKCU\...\Winlogon: [Shell] C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe [354816 2016-10-27] () <==== ATTENTION () C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe Alterations made by the installer: Registry details [View: All details] (Selection) ------------------------------------------------ [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] "Shell"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe" Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware www.malwarebytes.org Scan Date: 10/27/2016 Scan Time: 12:17 PM Logfile: mbamAdobeTSS.txt Administrator: Yes Version: Malware Database: v2016.10.27.04 Rootkit Database: v2016.09.26.02 License: Premium Malware Protection: Disabled Malicious Website Protection: Enabled Self-protection: Enabled OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 CPU: x64 File System: NTFS User: {username} Scan Type: Threat Scan Result: Completed Objects Scanned: 326781 Time Elapsed: 9 min, 48 sec Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Enabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Enabled PUM: Enabled Processes: 1 Rogue.TechSupportScam, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe, 880, Delete-on-Reboot, [78b8841a7e1c5bdba839f92506ffc53b] Modules: 0 (No malicious items detected) Registry Keys: 0 (No malicious items detected) Registry Values: 1 Trojan.TechSupportScam, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINLOGON|Shell, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe, Quarantined, [cd63d9c55941ca6c00c763b15da83cc4] Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected) Folders: 0 (No malicious items detected) Files: 1 Rogue.TechSupportScam, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Adobe Flash Player.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [78b8841a7e1c5bdba839f92506ffc53b], Physical Sectors: 0 (No malicious items detected) (end) As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat. We use different ways of protecting your computer(s): Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers Malware Execution Prevention Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
  3. Hello MBAM forums! Today (A little over an hour ago, 3:00 PM EST), I came back from doing some work outside, and when my computer screensaver goes away, theres a message from my firewall (PC Tools Firewall), saying that Adobe Flash Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0 wants to access the internet. Having not done anything like this before, I click "details". Seemed legitimate enough. After clicking "Accept", I googled it. Apparently someone on bleepingcomputer downloaded it the same way, firewall asked and then accept, and later on he got a Trojan, Zeroacess.exe. I decided to run a few scans, a MBAM full scan, and an Avast! scan on the specific files. Nothing came up, and the full scan is still running. However, the person said that even though they ran scans, they didn't get anything detected initially. How do I know if its infected or not? Any help would be appreciated.
  4. I am having a problem with Adobe Flash Player with Internet Explorer 11. The problem is that whenever I visit a website that has content that needs the flash player in order to work, Internet Explorer asks me if it is okay to run the content. When I click "Allow", the page refreshes and I am asked again. I do not understand why it behaves this way because I have all Adobe plugins for Internet Explorer activated. To see the problem that I am having in action, watch this video.
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