What Is Adobe Flash, and How Can You Get Rid of It?

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    Jul 16, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif OMG, there is so many dam problems with flash player, especially in Internet Explorer 11. There are still websites that require a Java applet to view media content and most website banner ads use flash player, so bye bye banner ads (you know, the one on top of You Tube)

    I wonder if it will be the same for Adobe Shockwave Flash Active X?

    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/what-is-adobe-flash-and-how-can-you-get-rid-of-124087958879.html


    Google and Mozilla each announced this week that their Web browsers will be dropping default support for Adobe Flash, citing the plug-in software’s newly discovered vulnerabilities to cyberattacks. These moves came only a few days after Facebook’s chief of security called for Adobe to set an “end of life” date for the oft-exploited 20-year-old platform.


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    Jul 16, 2015 4:56 PM GMT
    You can uninstall it like any other program by going to the control panel and following the leads from there. Trouble is, LOTS of sites use it and it may automatically reinstall next time you visit one. Give it a google and see if there are any alternatives, like Foxit for Adobe Reader, which has proved to be an excellent substitute.
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    Jul 16, 2015 5:23 PM GMT
    Chrome has its own non-Adobe version of Flash which is somewhat faster and presumably safer. This whole clusterf*** is a mess, though (don't get me started on that), so don't expect any happy endings whatever you do.
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    Jul 16, 2015 5:25 PM GMT
    anotherphil saidChrome has its own non-Adobe version of Flash which is somewhat faster and presumably safer. This whole clusterf*** is a mess, though (don't get me started on that), so don't expect any happy endings whatever you do.


    That's "Shockwave Flash," right? I find that it crashes a lot, too.
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    Jul 16, 2015 5:50 PM GMT
    ELNathB saidWhat Is Adobe Flash,
    Evil

    ELNathB saidand How Can You Get Rid of It?
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    Jul 16, 2015 7:51 PM GMT
    I deactivated adobe and java on firefox...and it goes so much faster without crashing and stalling.

    Other solution, use safari. Somehow apple stopped using adobe a long time ago. I use firefox primarily, but if I get to a site that won't work due not using adobe or java I copy and paste the address into safari, and somehow it works.
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    Jul 17, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    anotherphil saidChrome has its own non-Adobe version of Flash which is somewhat faster and presumably safer. This whole clusterf*** is a mess, though (don't get me started on that), so don't expect any happy endings whatever you do.


    That's "Shockwave Flash," right? I find that it crashes a lot, too.


    Apparently it is labelled as such, though all Flash is apparently descended from Shockwave (an old Adobe acquisition). The Chrome version is sometimes referred to as "Pepper Flash"; I was wrong to refer to it as "non-Adobe", though, as its original source apparently does still come from Adobe with some extra review and packaging by Google.

    Here's one older article about a previous iteration of the same discussion.
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    Jul 17, 2015 2:16 AM GMT
    This is the only way I know to eliminate Adobe Flash:

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    Jul 17, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    embrace it:
    create a virtual machine and when it becomes infected hit fallback/rebuild. some examples; VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion.

    so after a complete wipe rebuild of your computer consider installing a virtual machine on top that you actually use day to day.