If you have seen a pop-up windows on your computer with a message saying WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to Continue. Then read ahead to know more about it and how to remove it.
Firstly before i explain what no body have explained online, i will like to point this out clearly, a complete format and reinstallation of your operating system will not solve this problem so don’t stress yourself formatting your computer, as i have tried it, after formatting my computer i still got the same pop-up window.
How it started
Few weeks ago i wanted logging into my router web interface then i noticed my password was not working anymore, which i am very sure i didn’t changed , so i had to call my ISP and they asked me to use my account number which i did and got access to my router admin page, i immediately changed the admin password and the wireless password as my ISP couldn’t tell me why my password changed suddenly.
That was when i started noticing the pop-up message saying WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to Continue. I didn’t update the flash player from the pop-windows, i went to adobe’s official website to download the latest flash player but still kept getting the same message to update my flash player when try to access websites like facebook.com, youtube.com, google.com, nairaland.com.
I did some searches online as now i was very sure it was something fishy, then i read about it that it was a malware which could be removed by so many methods like uninstalling the last installed applications, scanning with latest malware removers etc. trust me i did everything but this keeps coming.
Now I was getting smart as i noticed I was getting same message on any device connected to my router, but still wanted to act dumb like it was my computer that was effected and its spreading the malware across my network.
Now I had to format my computer and did a clean re-installation of my Windows 8.1 Pro, just after reinstalling the operating system, i was going to download the latest flash player first, entered google.com and bang the pop-up message again telling me WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to Continue.
Now even the dumbest person on earth should know it is not coming from my computer but from the network but why every other site i visited never made mention of network they all talked about uninstalling/scanning/formatting etc.
How to Remove WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to Continue.
As simple as it could get, i just had to reset my router (by holding down the reset button under the router for 6 seconds).
Note after restart all your ISP settings will be lost, so if you know the settings you could insert them in or just call your ISP and they will work you through the configuration. Now you just need to clear your browsers cache and you will not get that pop-up message again.
As i am not very sure how much of your settings the malware must have changed that is why i am recommending a reset if not, just change your DNS back to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 will solve the problem.
Finally I learnt my lessons about how to secure my router and you can read here 8 Simple steps to secure your Wireless Router.
News: 300,000 routers were attacked worldwide between the 4th and 7th of March through some sort of loophole that allows malware to change your router password.
Please comment below if you have had similar experience and share with friends to help them stay secured.