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    Recently I keep getting a popup on almost every site I visit saying the site would like me to install Adobe Flash Player, although I have the latest version installed. I have popups blocked. Googling the title gets two threads from YAHOO Answers from 2008 & 2009 asking if it's some kind of virus, with no conclusive solution profered. Virus and malware scans show nothing.

    The machine is running XP-pro SP3 & newly installed IE8. I'm completely baffled.

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    Are these actually pop-ups, or ads that come up in a little box when you hover over certain words on the page?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RochelleP View Post
    Are these actually pop-ups, or ads that come up in a little box when you hover over certain words on the page?
    No, they are that popup bar that appears just below the bars at the top of the page. Clicking on the X Box closes it, but only momentarily. Clicking on the bar itself gives you the standard Microsoft popup warning about add-ons, etc. One of the solutions mentioned in the YAHOO ANSWERS threads I mentioned said to uninstall my version of the Flash Player and reinstall a new version, which I did, altho it had the exact same version number, so it's not an update they want to install. This re-insatallation of the Flash Player had no effect and the popups continue to appear. I get all the graphics and videos on the sites without any problems so I don't know what the purpose of the suggested download could be. Maybe I'm being too suspicious and I should just go ahead and agree to the download and maybe it will overwrite the Flash Player I have on my harddrive and everything will work out and the popup will cease?

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    Hi Bob :

    To "research" this "situation", I have read through your 2 previous
    threads, including the One about "0-day Adobe ( Reader )" .
    There is little known Info in them to assist me in possibly helping you .
    I will start by saying under no circumstances should you "agree" to
    the "download" ; when you hover your mouse over the Link ( there is
    a "link" !? ), what "address" does your "Status Bar" tell you is the
    "true" destination ? I suspect you have some malware on your
    computer !

    I would NEVER have the continually malware-prone Adobe Reader on
    my computer ; I uninstalled it at least a couple of yrs ago and got the
    SAFER & FREE "Foxit Reader" from www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/reader3.php .

    Because of security Concerns, I do not have Adobe Flash Player,
    though I realize many consider it to be indispensable .

    Since you probably have malware ( I NEVER rely on anything from
    "Yahoo Answers " ), this is where the programs you said you would
    look into come into play . I would strongly encourage you, IF you have
    NOT already done so, to get Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    ( www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php ) AND "SUPERAntiSpyware"
    ( www.superantispyware.com ) , BOTH of which come in FREE
    Version(s) and after updating them, run their most "complete"
    Scan .
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    [quote name='Robin Taylor' date='2010-02-01 13:40' timestamp='1265049'][/quote]

    Thanks for the advice, Robin. I did do virus and malware scans, as I stated in one of my posts, with clean results. I was eventually informed that Adobe was, for some unknown reason, not recognizing the Flash Player on my system, although it was working in all other respects. The first time I reinstalled it was, to be safe, directly from the Adobe site. I was told to reinstall it from the popup bar --- which WAS sent from the authentic Adobe site --- and all's now well. So my speculation in my 2nd post about doing just that turned out to be correct --- although I checked with someone more knowledgeable first before going ahead. And I think it was you, Robin, who suggested in the past that I download Malwarebytes, etc. so I did have them on hand. So thanks for that too.

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