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Tech Tip: Check if Adobe Flash is installed, then get rid of it

By dkpope
Nov 3, 2015
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  1. Flash, it's been a good run. We've had a lot of fun together, but it's time to get some distance... permanently. That doesn't erase my fond memories of playing together back in the day, but we both have to wake up and face the truth. You're outdated and insecure and untrustworthy. It's not me, it's you.

    Fake breakup aside, if you've been following the recent issues with Flash that just don't seem to stop you might be thinking you want to be done with it altogether. That's where we come in. It's simple to wipe every trace of Flash from your computer, but first you have to know what you're dealing with. I wasn't sure if I still had it installed so I checked, and there it was.

    The next step is to remove Flash from your Windows or Mac system, and from any browsers you use.

    Read the complete article.

     
  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,257   +222

    And how will I view the pr0n sites I go on without it? :( Some aren't HTML5 ready.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,051

    I feel your pain buddy. ;) It looks like you'll just have to stick with it a bit longer then.
     
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  4. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 206   +47

    Problem here is that with windows 10 you can not exactly get rid of flash... it's kind of inbuilt into the OS with edge... and if you forcibly remove it, by deleting the files, you break windows update...
     
  5. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Hold it right there buddy!!! Did you just discover a way to prevent auto updates!???!??!?!?!? :D
     
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  6. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 192   +58

    No tutorial for Opera users? :p
     
  7. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 192   +58

    When I got my Windows Phone and wanted to search for porn, I thought, what other device is popular and doesn't use Flash? I searched for iPad/iPhone porn and voila.

    Funny story. It works though.
     
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  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Too bad so many vendor sites require the use of flash or I would have already started pushing the subject at my workplace...
     
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,257   +222

    haha! Well, If I want to search for pr0n on my phone, I need to unblock my Adult filter which requires me to phone up the carrier (Three UK). Sort of reminds me of this really ...
     
  10. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +12

  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    I'm wondering about alternatives which are almost as effective. I removed Flash as a program and implemented "FlashControl".

    Does this work well enough to keep drive-by Flash from clobbering me?
     
  12. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 218   +92

    Just change the group policy. I don't get why people think its so difficult.
     
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  13. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 218   +92

  14. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Rookie Posts: 17

    You never know but there's always hope..
     
  15. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    Just download the videos. Most of the popular sites are HTML5 from what I've seen anywho.
    Because most people have Home Premium / Home editions, which lacks group policy and security policy. Even then, I thought they could disable the service to prevent them. Been awhile since I looked into it, but I thought even Enterprise couldn't fully disable it either, and could only go as far as LTS branch with Gpolicy? Memory is getting fuzzy.

    I only have Professional editions due to Dreamspark, otherwise I would've gotten Home again for instance.
     
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  16. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Booster Posts: 69   +20

    I'll feel no separation anxiety after removing flashplayer. In fact it is cause for celebration. Twitch.tv still uses it and so I will keep it around until the changeover to HTML5.
     
  17. biggerthanyou

    biggerthanyou TS Rookie

    Yet another site that tells you to uninstall Flash when it loads it on every page. Hard to take anyone serious these days.
     
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  18. Master Hamachi

    Master Hamachi TS Rookie

    Ironic how this Techspot article preaches about security yet has 23 tracking cookies embedded in it.
     
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    I believe these are related to the Ads and the CDN implementation. Try disabling all 3rd party cookies.
     
  20. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,903   +529

    Many important websites still use flash and if you want to watch any stream besides youtube you are forced to use flash. while I hate flash, it's still too early to stop using it on my desktop. maybe in 2-3 years when I can watch live TV streams using html5. (because I stopped paying for regular TV)
     
  21. Dyson Parkes

    Dyson Parkes TS Rookie

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  22. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,456   +606

    Someone give the author a bottle, sing a nice lullaby and rock him till he falls asleep.
     
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  23. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 141   +21

    I understand how difficult, it must be to want to watch that sexy kitten getting eaten alive by that monstrous beast on a Flash disabled web browser. So painful and frustrating, that's why I use two web browser, Chrome and Firefox. Chrome just sits there and watch, whereas Firefox does all the heavy lifting.
     
  24. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    I don't have much trouble with flash. It's very lightweight, and it would be good if it just didn't require so many prompts when it updates, altho I think there is an option like that. Firefox and internet explorer have now reached the limit of 32 bit architecture due to html5, the flash alternative, as a stupid browser requires 6 gig to run. We ran 200 people on the mainframe in the 70s on 5 meg of memory. Windows 10 is even worse. You can blame jobs and gates in an era they ironically called the new efficiency, where a 3 line visual c++ program required 300 meg.
     
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  25. BarryAllen

    BarryAllen TS Rookie

    Everyone hated Adobe Flash and other shitware that need to update once a day! What does that say about your piece of crapware, it was never safe or stable, that's why u need to plug holes in it every second day!!!!!

    I can understand if he/she has a personal vendetta against flash but as a professional, I failed to see any real sense of this article author advising users to uninstall flash when clearly he can't and no one out there can yet, provide a better replacement in lieu of flash, which is needed for most things flashy out there in the net.

    This advise of don't use flash almost amount to ditch all Operating Systems, they are all evil and use your computer without one... yes, as a footstool maybe.
     
    dusseldorf likes this.

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