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Cannot get rid of Adobe Flash Player Install Update message

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brandyysnapp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Mar 7, 2012 2:47 PM

I have a Mac Mini, OSX 10.5.8 with the highest Adobe update possible for my computer: but it continually wants me to download the latest update which will only work with OSX 10.6 and 10.7


I currently use Camino, but still get this Adobe message even in Safari.


I do not want to upgrade my OS at the moment.


I have tried going into System Preferences and checking "Never check for updates"; but it always reverts to "Check for updates automatically".


I have tried checking the "Do not remind me about this update" on the installer pop-up; but it reverts and still always pops up.


Is there any other possible way to turn this automatic update checker/reminder off?


It's getting annoying.

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPod touch 4.0
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)

    Are you sure that message is coming from Adobe?


    Check out what you are downloading. Mac OS X asks you for you administrator password to install applications for a reason! Only download media and applications from well-known and trusted Web sites, i.e. the developers’ own web sites or the Apple App Store.  If you think you may have downloaded suspicious files, read the installer packages and make sure they are legit. If you cannot determine if the program you downloaded is infected, do a quick Internet search and see if any other users reported issues after installing a particular program.


    Adobe is aware of malware posing as its Flash Player and warns users to ignore any updates that didn't originate on its own servers. "Do not download Flash Player from a site other than," said David Lenoe, Adobe's product security program manager, in an entry on Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team's PSIRT blog. "This goes for any piece of software (Reader, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, etc.). If you get a notice to update, it's not a bad idea to go directly to the site of the software vendor and download the update directly from the source. If the download is from an unfamiliar URL or an IP address, you should be suspicious."


    A version of an existing Trojan Horse posing as a legitimate Flash Player installer (named “Flashback.A” by a security firm) is designed to disable updates to the default Mac OS X anti-malware protection system, potentially leaving the system open to the manual installation of other malware without any system warnings. The latest Macs do not have Plash Player included. In order to prevent a potential infection with “Flashback” Trojans, Mac users are advised to obtain their copy of Adobe Flash Player directly from Adobe’s official website and to disable the "Open 'safe' files after downloading" option in Apple's Safari browser to avoid automatically running files downloaded from the Internet.


  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,565 points)

    Klaus1 posts important stuff.


    What is aking you this?  I almost never see those messages and I run an even older system than you.  I think it is likely the sites you visit that are telling you to upgrade.  I don't know Camino and if there's any kind of script blocking service you can use.


    If you're running a PPC mini you could try this hack: Flash player 11.1 hack on PowerPC -

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)

    You can check here what version of Flash player you actually have installed:


    You can check here:  to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS. Note that version 10,1,102,64 is the last version available to PPC Mac users*. The latest version,, 10.3.x beta, or later, is for Intel Macs only, as Adobe no longer support the PPC platform. Version is for Lion.


    * Unhelpfully, if you want the last version for PPC Macs, you need to go here:  and scroll down to 'Archived Versions/Older Archives'. The first one on the list, Flash Player is the one you download. More information here:


    You should first uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):



    and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first before installing. You must also carry out a permission repair after installing anything from Adobe.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,565 points)

    Well, I am lost. I see absolutely nowhere in System Preferenes or anywhere else to set Adobe to tell me to update or not. There's no Flash preferences to be set anwhere I can see (and do not confuse this with Software Update which is for Apple software only). The only time I see a message (which is rare even these days) is on a web site where I think it is some component they are running that senses the version I am using and presents an Adobe style written message telling me to update.  I don't think it is coming from Adobe itself.  Even then that's because I have Flashblock on my computer and I think the version sensor is seeing no Flash response as an out of date player.  I'm not even running the PPC hack version of Flash.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)

    Have you checked your settings in the Settings Manager?


    Flash Security Rules and Settings:




    To stop receiving notifications of updates, deselect the Notify Me When an Update Is Available option in the Global Notifications Settings panel.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,205 points)

    Flash Player version is the last version available to PPC Mac users. However, this Flash version won't work for many videos on Facebook, YouTube and other sites. Adobe's latest version, 10.2.x or later, is only for Intel Macs. Adobe will not provide a newer Flash version for PPC Macs.


    The message requesting that you download Adobe Flash Player takes you to Flash Player requiring an Intel processor. Doesn't work on a PowerPC processor. I found a hack, installed it & it works with Firefox, TenFourFox & Safari.


    Download this to your desktop, unzip it, and replace the current Flash Player plug-in which is in your main/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, (not the user Library). Save the old one just in case this one doesn't work.


     Cheers, Tom

  • Irish Jacque Calculating status...

    Thanks for the file. Have been looking for the last 2 days to be able to let my wife play her game on her PPC. Worked as adveretised.


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