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Has anyone encountered this issue? If yes, then how to deal with it (details inside)?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (8549 points ) March 29th, 2014

I’m using Window 8.1. I tried to access Google using Firefox, but when I went to www.google.com, I got a plain message saying: “WARNING! Your Flash Player may be out of date. Please update to continue.” I clicked OK and was redirected to a webpage seemingly of Adobe. I clicked on Install and the Internet Download Manager download screen appeared like normal (I use Internet Download Manager to download). The installation proceeded normally, but when I viewed the downloaded file it was nothing like a Flash Player installation file. It was just a program with a suspicious apple icon.

I think it was some kind of scam. But any attempt of mine to get to Google was useless. My Google Chrome suffered from the same issue too.

What is happening? What should I do to deal with this issue?

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trailsillustrated's avatar

google chrome sux. what you have to do, is go into history and delete your ‘cookies’ , meaning history, for the past day. Then restart your computer. I have this issue like 15 times a day, I have windows 8.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@trailsillustrated Have tried, and didn’t work :(

herculies's avatar

I use ‘advance system care 6.1’ (only this version is free) which has a shortcut fixer, and a driver booster. You should regularly update your driver software devices, to update all your apps and drivers. BUT… only update from a known driver booster.

Shortcuts (those desktop icons) are lightwieght (few lines of code) and are susceptible because of that. I would use ‘restore’ to undue unwanted changes (if you feel you need it) and also always keep my drivers up to date.

Only update your drivers from a source you know! NEVER fall for those breathless warning alerts. There is an old jewish saying… ‘never buy anything from a person who is out of breath’ something like that. Good luck.

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zenvelo's avatar

@trailsillustrated He wasn’t using Google Chrome, he was trying to go to the Google search page. Chrome does not suck, and I recommend it.

Don’t use Firefox, there are a lot of problems using it with Windows 8.1 And firefox has a lot of other problems, always asking to add more to the task bar. And IE is even worse.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I don’t click on ANY pop-up for updates. I to the official website and check for updates.

Clicking randomly on pop-ups biggest reason malware and viruses.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Tropical_Willie The problem here is whenever I go to Google (and just now, Youtube) that pop-up appears and I can do nothing to get rid of it.

herculies's avatar

Google chrome is a great app. It requires the latest gen computers to handle it. A case of the harware catching up to the software. Chrome is way too complex for my taste and should be given an overhaul… what are all those PhDs doing over there at google. Also Chromes’ popularity gets the attention of hackers. You shuld be careful.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@herculies did I state in my question that I didn’t use Google Chrome when I first encountered my issue? I used Firefox and went to Google.

jerv's avatar

This is why I have Adobe bookmarked. Say what you will about Adobe, but at least the updates I download directly from them directly have fewer issues than those downloaded via redirect.

If you need Flash Player, ignore the popup and go here

You’ll notice that the page looks different than the pic you posted. The “Pro” label is a dead giveaway to me that you got duped.

However, having this issue on Google and Youtube is no surprise. Think about it; who owns Youtube?

@zenvelo I’ve been using Firefox since before it was separated from the Mozilla suite, yet never had that issue.

@herculies My Clarkdale i3–530 is three generations behind, yet handles Chrome fine. In fact, my wife’s Pentium 4 has no issues with it.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@jerv So what am I to do now? Just leave them be and forget about Google and Youtube altogether?

jerv's avatar

Scan your computer to undo whatever damage has been done, get the correct version of Flash from a reputable source, and carry on.

herculies's avatar

@jerv By 3 generations you mean ‘ivy bridge,’ ‘sandy bridge’ and ‘haswell’ well… these are not a generational leap. You have a great processor, a game changer for Intel. Intels’ Core processors will finally eliminate the gap between desktop and laptop. My cousin (who lives in Israel, I am an Israeli) worked on the ‘bridge’ processors.

Pentium was a failure.

Later versions with hyper threading were passable and good for video. The problem was the ‘Netburst’ architecture… not my cousins’ work.

herculies's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Something like this happened to a friend and it turned out to be a faulty ethernet router… just throwin it out there. Try if you can to connect with another service see if you get those two…

herculies's avatar

@jerv My cousin swears the ‘bridges’ microarchitecture is superior to Haswell… I’m not the only one to agree with him.

jerv's avatar

@herculies They’ve changed sockets twice, and while I agree that the Ivy/Sandy Bridge change is merely evolutionary, I consider anything that would require a motherboard swap to be a generational change, regardless of whether it’s technically an upgrade. It goes almost without saying that that definition of “generation” gets blurry when dealing with AMD.
While my computer still games well enough that upgrading isn’t a high priority, the fact that a new i3 outperforms a Clarkdale i5 or low-end i7 is enough to put me on the lookout for a good deal on a more modern system, though that’s tempered by the fact that my GTX465 outdoes many current cards under $150.

herculies's avatar

@jerv The socket change generated a lot of buzz, before intel backtracked. I’m sure you heard of the new processor with a graphics package on the chip… as good or better than any graphics card out there. I think these were designed for those new tablets and large smartphones etc. Not only is the graphics so damn good, bur power usage and heat signatures are greatly reduced. Intel is anticipating (or pushing) the new 3D and multi screen market demands.

AMD and Pentium made Intel seem to be slipping (not to me). But competition is a good motivator, I can’t wait to see what AMD does now… they will be clever. Intel is a giant because of its’ brilliant engineering and vast resources. So AMD will have to be clever to compete. Excititng times we live in.

jerv's avatar

@herculies For any real gamer’s needs, the GPU portion of the AMD A-series APU just won’t cut it unless/until they hit R7 260X performance. The Intel HD 4600 on the Haswells is likewise far from adequate. If they could boost Iris Pro 5200 to at least double it’s current performance, they could get the gaming market, but otherwise they’re just going after the Netflix streamers and those gamers who are content with framerates that look stroboscopic at best.

Show me a tablet with a 3840×2160 display (or three) and a need to render and shade 3D models at an absolute bare minimum of 30 FPS in order to avoid being hurled out the window, and I will agree with ”...as good or better than any graphics card out there.” They may be able to look decent at lower resolutions, so tablets and smartphones will benefit, but I see it as a while before they can do away with the desktop gaming PC and it’s discrete graphics, liquid cooling, and 600W power supply.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m impressed that we are so far ahead of where we were even five years ago. I merely think that your expectations and standards are different than mine.

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