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  • 15. Re: Is this malware?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Ah, there's the problem. I was looking for some sort of app on my system. Also too long ago I did this to remember you have to do it on Adobe's site. I've rewritten the info so this is more clear. Please feel free to modify my modifications if you see something that should be added or changed.

     

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    You can trick Flash into thinking it works and not have to bother allowing that content from the pop-up. This will also remove and prevent any persistent Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects.)

     

    As far as I can tell all sites employing Flash will continue to function properly. I haven't encountered any problems playing Flash content and all that crap is permanently denied.

     

    First, to get a new, clean folder, start by trashing the Macromedia folder in ~/Library/Preferences. That's in your user Library. Next, do not visit the local Flash Pref Pane in Sys Prefs. Instead, go directly to Adobe's Global Privacy settings in the Adobe Settings Manager and set Camera and Mic to "Always deny", as show next.

     

    camera_online.png

     

    Visiting the online Settings Manager will automatically create a new, clean Macromedia folder.

     

    If you were to first visit the local Flash Player preference pane in the System Preferences, the new Macromedia folder will lack the empty default #shared objects folder and its also empty enclosed folder (this is the one with a combination of characters and numerals) I haven't tested to see what will happen if those two folders are not present. I assume, providing the Macromedia folder is unlocked, they would be created as soon as one visits a Flash site, but they will not be empty and this would defeat the entire purpose.

     

    If you visit the local Flash Player preference pane now, all the defaults will remain, except for the Camera and Mic panel, where Block all sites from using the camera and microphone will already be chosen, as shown here.

     

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 1.29.49 PM.png

     

    Next, it seems prudent to go to the Playback tab of the Flash Player pref pane in the System Preferences and "Block all sites from using peer assisted networking."

     

    playback.png

     

    But, important, in the Storage panel, you must leave the default "Allow sites to save...." checked.

     

    storage.png

     

    This is how sites using Flash are tricked into thinking storage of Flash Cookies is being allowed when in fact, they are not.

     

    Next, go back to the Macromedia Folder and, using GetInfo/CMD-I, recursively lock all its enclosed folders. This means starting from the back working ones way up to the front. And, finally, lock the enclosing Macromedia folder itself. Nothing gets stored and everything keeps on working.

     

    (Thanks to Anon at XYMer's for this.)

  • 16. Re: Is this malware?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    That looks good. The added screenshots will be a big help for someone trying to implement this. But, besides those, what else did you change; seems very close to the original?

  • 17. Re: Is this malware?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Mostly just some minor wording so it matches what you actually see. Before, it said Flash Pref Pane. To a newbie, they'll go nuts trying to find that when the name in the System Preferences is Flash Player.

     

    I added the link for the obvious reason. To a newbie, just saying "Adobe's Global Privacy settings" means nothing. Heck, I've done it before, but so long ago that even I didn't remember where it was. I was looking all over my hard drive for an app. The old text gave the reader no clue it was online. The link makes it super easy by taking you there.

     

    Another was Block all sites from using the camera and microphone. The old text said "Always Deny", which no longer matches the panel. So again, I changed it to match what you would actually see instead of looking for a choice that no longer exists by that title.

     

    That and a few other small things.

  • 18. Re: Is this malware?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    Didn't realize there wasn't a link to the Adobe site. Your adding that was certainly no small thing. I think Block all sites from.... was in the  Flash Player Pref Pane when I wrote this. So no idea why I wrote Always Deny. The other changes make sense too.

     

    I'm glad you at least found your way around and that this will be working for you now.

  • 19. Re: Is this malware?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    I think Block all sites from.... was in the  Flash Player Pref Pane when I wrote this. So no idea why I wrote Always Deny.

    I can't really recall either, but I think it was Always Deny in older versions.

  • 20. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this is a very old thread but I recently began experiencing these popups everwhere.

    I found no one had the perfect solution but there it is on Adobe's site.

    So you can un-enable javascript but that means a lot of video no longer works.

    But by going to the macromedia setting manger in global storage settings panel unclick

    "allow third party flash content to be stored on your computer". That completely stopped these 3rd attachments.

    I would then suggest working your way down the setting menu and cleaning out all the 3rd party attachments as they can still acess you computer.

  • 21. Re: Is this malware?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    Try out my way to remove this junk, as adapted by Kurt Lang, above. It works.

  • 22. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I could not follow his instructions. Besides that one click on settings on adobe website  fixed it all.

    I  could not find any macromedia folder in library??? 

  • 23. Re: Is this malware?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    You're likely looking in the Library folder at the root of the drive. You need to go to the Preferences folder of your user account. Which would be like this:

     

    (Hard drive's name)/Users/your_user_name/Library/Preferences/Macromedia

  • 24. Re: Is this malware?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    Even if you may have stopped the pop-ups,  you will still be getting Flash cookies, or Local Shared Objects (LSO's)

  • 25. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
  • 26. Re: Is this malware?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    That won't remove any LSOs currently stored in the Macromedia folder, and if you don't allow LSO's, some sites will not load properly, if at all. What my method does is trick those sites that must install LSO's into thinking they have, when in fact, nothing has been saved.

     

    Please just carefully read through the entire post above. Everything you need to know for how to do this is there.

  • 27. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks but there is no library following your directions. Users/my name/folder opens with no library.

  • 28. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I appreciate your answer but the directions make no sense to me when it comes to finding the Macromedia folder.

    After unchecking alllow third party sites access  I then deleted all those previous sites in manager settings.

    I then went back to eveything I use with adobe and it all works with none of those pop ups. I go back and check in setting and there are not cookies attached anymore.

    If I could figure out how to access Macromedia folder I would love to see it but I cannot find.

    I am running 10.9.2 on a 2013 Mac Air.

    Thanks but I am either  dumb**** or these directions are not applicable to Mavs????

  • 29. Re: Is this malware?
    Harvey 137 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I forgot to mention I also successfully  did the same thing on my 08 MacBook running 10.6.8

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