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Remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” (Mac Guide) Remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” (Mac Guide)
This page aims to help you remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox , as... Remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” (Mac Guide)

This page aims to help you remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox , as well as every version of Mac OSX.

One of the most annoying types of applications you could possibly get installed inside of your computer system is a browser hijacker. This is a piece of software similar to an extension for browsing programs like Safari, Chrome and Firefox  but the main difference between a regular browser extension and a browser hijacker is the latter is regarded as undesirable. If you have such an app in your computer right now, you probably already know what the reason behind hijackers being undesirable is. Those apps are normally capable of showing you invasive ads inside your browser and page-redirecting you to different sites that are supposed to be getting promoted in this way. Of course, this is bound to irritate most users and make them want to uninstall the hijacker. However, the ads and the redirects are not everything – replaced search engine tool, toolbar and homepage and new-tab page addresses are also things that one could expect if they have a hijacker within their browsing program. Such chances are typically added to further increase the number of advertising materials that get shown on the users’ screen and in this way enhance the hijacker’s ability to promote different sites, services, online sales platforms and so on.

“Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” Pop-up

This is all understandable once you consider the nature and the purpose of the majority of the representatives of the browser hijacker software family. Apps like these aren’t supposed to harm the computer system like Trojans or to mess with the personal files of the user like Ransomware encryption viruses. Their actual goal is to accumulate income through different forms of web advertising. In fact, the hijackers aren’t really harmful, they are simply highly irritating and annoying due to their excessive ads generation. “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” is an example of an app that can be put under the browser hijacker category and is also the likely reason why you’ve found our article. In case you have this software in your machine and want it gone, we will help you through the guide you will see next.

Removing the hijacker isn’t enough

It certainly us important to get rid of the invasive “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” both because it is an irritating application and also because its adverts, redirects, pop-ups and banners may sometimes lead you to sites and pages with obscure and questionable contents. This could, in turn, get your machine exposed to some nasty viruses or Ransomware and Trojans which is definitely something you want to avoid.

However, removing the hijacker app doesn’t mean that you can’t get another similar software piece in the future. Therefore,you need to be careful with what you install in your computer from now on. Normally, software like “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” is distributed with the help of installation packages. It is bundled with such packages and is normally disclosed as an added bonus element to some other software that is the main program of the installation package. However, oftentimes the hijacker would only be disclosed in the Advanced setup menu of the installer and that is why you must always check that menu and see if there aren’t any potentially unwanted components such as “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” so that you can remove them and only then carry on with the rest of the installation.

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Remove “Flash Player Auto Update Daemon” Pop-up

Step 1: Closing Safari (or any other browser that you may be using at the moment)

First, you will need to close your browser if it is still open. If you can’t do that normally, you will need to Force Quit it:

Open the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to do that. You can also use the key + Option Key combination to open the Force Quit Applications dialog box. In this box, select the Safari browser (or whatever browser you are using) and then click on the Quit button. Confirm the action by selecting Force Quit again.

Step 2: Killing suspicious processes

Ope Finder and go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor. Now take a careful look at the processes there – look for any that seem suspicious, unknown and questionable. If you think that a given process may be the culprit behind the issue or may at least be related to it, highlight it with the mouse and select the i option at its top.

In the box that opens, click on Sample.

Scan the sample files with the online scanner we have on this page and if any of them get flagged as malicious, delete them and then kill their processes.

Step 3: Safely launching the browser

Hold the Shift from your keyboard and then launch Safari – holding Shift will prevent any previously opened pages to load again, just in case any of them were related to the problem.

If any problematic pages still load after you safe-launch the browser, then do the following:

Force-Quit the browser (Safari) again and then turn off your Wi-Fi connection by clicking on the Wi-Fi off option from the Mac Menu. If you are using cable Internet, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.

Step 4: Uninstalling suspicious extensions

After you safe-launch Safari and are sure none of the previously opened pages load now, go to Preferences > Extensions.

Select and uninstall (by clicking on the Uninstall button) all extensions there that are unfamiliar to you or that you think may be suspicious. If you are not sure about a certain extension, it’s better to uninstall it – no extension is required for the normal functioning of the browser.

Step 5: Cleaning Safari

If you have other browsers aside from Safari, do the following:

In Safari, open Preferences from the browser’s menu and go to Privacy.

Select Remove All Website Data and then Remove Now. Note that this will delete all stored site data including any saved passwords and usernames. In other words, you will have to manually log-in to every site where you have a registration so make sure you remember your usernames and passwords.

Back in Preferences, click on General and see what your Safari’s homepage is. If it has been changed without your permission, change it back to what it used to be or to whatever you like it to be now.

Now go to the History menu and select the Clear History option.

Do the same to all other browsers you may have in your computer – here are examples with Chrome and Firefox.

Special Offer

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.

Download SpyHunter

More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Please review SpyHunter's EULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. Keep in mind, only SpyHunter’s scanner is free. If it detects a malware, you'll need to purchase its full version to remove it.

Cleaning Chrome

Open Chrome and open its main menu, then go to More Tools > Extensions. Click on the Remove button next to all of the extensions that you do not trust.

Next, from the main menu, go to Settings and type Manage Search Engines in the search bar. Open the result that shows up and then delete all search engines other than the one you normally use by clicking on the three-dot icon next to the other ones and selecting Remove from list.

 

Back in Settings, type Reset and clean up and open the option that shows up (Restore settings to their original defaults). Confirm by selecting Reset Settings.

 

Cleaning Firefox

Open Firefox and then open its main menu. Go to Add-ons and open the Extensions menu from the left. Look at the extensions and Remove the ones you do not trust.

 

Next, open the menu again, go to Help > Troubleshooting information and in the page that opens, select Refresh Firefox and then confirm the action in the window that opens.

 

Daniel Sadakov

Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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