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Startup disk full after Adobe Flash player update

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May 15, 2012 4:30 AM

I received an update request for a new version of the Adobe Flash player this morning. I accepted it and the installation seemed to work fine. The only special was that the last 5% of the installation took some minutes to install.

Minutes later the system (MAC OS Lion) sent a warning that my startup disk is nearly full. The disk had about 150GB free disk space. When I checked it with the finder my disk space was about 350 MB and declining. I disconnected the MacBook from the internet and the the declining of the available disk size stopped.

 

If I check the disk information (using the finder) of the harddrive and it showed only 350MB as free. If I check the size of the folders on the top layer and add them together I should still have about 150GB of free disk space.

 

Did somebody have the same problem? What can I do now?

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,045 points)
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    May 15, 2012 4:39 AM (in response to grubes)

    Ughhh...you probably downloaded Flash from a non-Adobe site.  That's a spoof, and it is filling your hard drive, if that's the case.    What you need to do is read if this is the actual problem here

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20111639-263/another-os-x-trojan-imitates-a dobe-flash-installer/

    Regardless, to avoid it, you need to update to 10.7.3 and apply the Flashback trojan patch:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3261

    To recover from the situation, I would boot off an external hard drive and find what's filling your system, and delete that which you don't need*:

    http://www.macmaps.com/diskfull.html

    Users -> yourname -> Library -> Internet Plugins and System -> Library -> Internet Plugins, and Hard drive -> Library Internet Plugins should all have Adobe plugins removed.    You can install the legit plugin, and should only from http://www.adobe.com once your system is recovered.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    May 16, 2012 12:10 AM (in response to grubes)

    grubes wrote:

     

    I received an update request for a new version of the Adobe Flash player this morning. I accepted it and the installation seemed to work fine. The only special was that the last 5% of the installation took some minutes to install.

    Minutes later the system (MAC OS Lion) sent a warning that my startup disk is nearly full. The disk had about 150GB free disk space. When I checked it with the finder my disk space was about 350 MB and declining. I disconnected the MacBook from the internet and the the declining of the available disk size stopped.

    Strange. There hasn't been a Flashback variant that used this for a long time and those didn't fill up the hard drive, so if it's malware it must be something new. Do you recall what kind of update request your received? Was it from a web site or the new feature that came with either the Flash Player Preference Pane or Safari 5.1.7 that tells you that you that a new version is available?

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    May 16, 2012 1:32 AM (in response to grubes)

    grubes wrote:

     

    the flash player download looked really like the original from Adobe. It simply appeared as an update request as som many others as well. What I want to say is that I didn't go to a web site and downloaded it. In fact I think it was the original and everything was a coincidence.

    It could well be. This Flash Player update thing is an evolving process that I don't think any of us fully appreciate yet. It started when Adobe added the update notification system, but it never followed through with the ability to automatically install the update.

     

    Now Apple has built something like that into Safari, so you should never have to go to the Adobe site again, but with all the phony alerts that we've seen for years, it's going to be a long time before anybody really trusts a pop-up.

    ...I accepted the adobe flash upgrade.

    In the system log files I found an entry that showed I had about 8GB of disk space free at this time. It should have been about 160GB. So somehow this file grew already that much during the night.

    And it obviously grew further until I got the disk full message minutes later.

     

    It is scary! So what I did now is delete the file and it seems the Macbook is ok again.

    I'm not sure I followed this part. You deleted the FlashPlayer update file? Did you notice how big it was?

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