Editorial: Adobe's Flash Updater is Bloated and Shady

By Julio Franco
Dec 7, 2012
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  1. Win7 64 SP1 machine. Wasn't paying attention to the Adobe Updater prompt and ended up with Chrome installed. Followed instructions for removal and basically rendered my machine useless. All default file type associations were associated with Chrome (which I uninstalled). The great folks at Google conveniently left out the coding to reset your file types to default upon it's removal. No browser could be accessed, no fix-it program could be downloaded, and no .exe files could be executed. Finally found a .reg file that changed my .exe problem, but only on my Admin. profile. Other home users are still bricked due to botched registry entries remaining from Google. You can't even access a Command Prompt, let alone an Elevated Prompt (required in Win7 64 to make Reg. changes apply to all Users). Bottom line? I should have paid closer attention. But what's to say for the majority out there who don't know what nasties are exploiting their machines, and how they're doing it? Adobe bundling this software was shady business. I also don't think it is asking too much for Adobe to have 1 updater handling all of their products, and to limit the activity to just that.
  2. Ed Mann

    Ed Mann Newcomer, in training


    I agree 100% with Per Hansson's assessment of Flash. I have over 100 machines to look after and at first I welcomed Adobe's promise to automatically update Flash. Scripting uninstalls and reinstalls was time consuming and tedious given Flash's weekly new security vulnerabilities. As if Adobe doesn't already take more than enough of my money for Acrobat, they want to give me bloatware they have sold-off to google and mcafee? Adobe is no friend of the system administrator.
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  3. jonjonjon

    jonjonjon Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    really? flash is already dead on mobile because of html5. you dont need flash anymore for youtube. flash is on its last leg. adobe flat out sucks. what good does chrome do? all it does is have garbage flash directly integrated into it. that's exactly what I want a crappy plugin integrated into my browser.
  4. I wish I could find proof, but there is one nagging thing about your opinion piece here that bothers me... Windows 8 is not the first Microsoft-based operating system that came pre-bundled with a version of Flash. I don't recall if it was Win95 or Win98, but one of those two (I'm quite sure) had a very, very early version of Flash preinstalled.

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