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Kudos0

Security Log Question about flash

I saw Norton allowed FlashPlayerInstaller.exe (located in SysWOW64) to run. I looked at the File Insight and it couldn't find the file. Does it delete itself? The firewall says it was from Adobe. Restarted my computer and saw the firewall rule disappeared.

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Kudos0

Re: Security Log Question about flash

Hello Gurkobliken. What OS are you using? This is what I see in syswow 64 on Windows 10 Pro 64 bit. Just the updater executable for the app itself, not an installer. Please note that on Windows 10 the file origin is Microsoft as they provide updates.

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Home / Professional x 64 version 1903 / build 18362.175 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.2.47 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 2.00
Kudos0

Re: Security Log Question about flash

Windows 10 Home. I looked at the log again in the history and saw it said I created a rule to allow it to work. Though I never created the rule myself.
Kudos0

Re: Security Log Question about flash

Being that you are using Windows 10 ALL Flash Player updates will come from Microsoft. Therefore there won't be an installer that A/V can see while the updates are being installed. That suggests something passed through while surfing, etc and malware often disguises itself in a fake flashplayer update. Since Norton allowed it I would download Malwarebytes and run a full scan if for nothing other than piece of mind that there isn't any hidden infection.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Home / Professional x 64 version 1903 / build 18362.175 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.2.47 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 2.00
Kudos0

Re: Security Log Question about flash

If it makes a difference, windows 10 wasn't the original OS. It was 7 or 8, I believe, then upgraded to 10. I ran full system scan through norton and NPE. Nothing showed up. I ran MB and nothing showed up. I actually don't have the flashplayerapp.exe file you pictured.

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/firewall-rule I found this thread from a long time ago and it explains what happened on my comp.
Kudos0

Re: Security Log Question about flash

All my systems are upgrades from Windows 8.1 Pro, all x64. The file in SysWow64 exists on them all so I wouldn't think the upgrade is the reason you aren't seeing the file. I AM on Windows 10 Pro version 1809. That may be the difference however I'm not sure 100%.

The older thread seems to point to an older Windows version where the OS periodically checks for flash player updates on its own. Since you have performed scans and are clean there shouldn't be anything to worry about going forward. I don't see anything logged in system event or Norton suggesting FlashPlayerInstaller.exe was ever present or allowed a firewall rule.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Home / Professional x 64 version 1903 / build 18362.175 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.2.47 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 2.00

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