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Applies to: Make sure that you always install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to protect against security issues. Change your update settings You can change the way Flash Player is updated by right-clicking any rich media content in your browser and choosing Global Settings from the context menu. In the pop-up window, select the Advanced tab, and select an option under Updates. Double-click Flash Player, click the Advanced tab, and select an option under Updates.
How to update Adobe Flash – or uninstall it completely!
Security Update your Flash player now–and do it right Your copy of the Flash player is likely to be buggy and dangerous. Update it now and be sure to remove the older versions first. By Michael Horowitz April 11, 9: Specifically, versions 9. Simply viewing a Web page is all it takes for a bad guy to take control of your computer. This is true on Macs and Linux too. The only way to be safe is to upgrade to the newest version, 9. These bugs in the Flash player will, no doubt, be a huge target for the bad guys since almost every computer Windows, Macs and Linux has some version of Flash installed.
What follows are my suggestions and experiences about updating the Flash player. The right way What do I mean by the right way? I read a number of articles on this topic before writing this posting and none mentioned the fact that you have to update the Flash player for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. The two browsers use separate and independent copies of Flash. The right way also means uninstalling the prior version of Flash before installing the new version, not installing any other software other than the Flash player and being percent sure that all old versions of the software have been removed, even those in nonstandard locations.
What version of Flash do you have? If you haven’t updated the Flash player recently, your computer is probably at risk. Still, before bothering to upgrade, you might as well check which version you have installed. Also, knowing how to check provides a way to verify that an uninstall of the Flash player worked.
More on this below. Sample output from: A screenshot is above showing the output from today before I upgraded. When Adobe purchased the original Flash vendor, Macromedia, it made its own copy of this Web page. The two pages appear to be identical. I don’t get good vibes from this page, however. For one, the fact that it still shows Flash as being a Macromedia product rather than an Adobe product makes me wonder if it has been abandoned. Also, there is a whole section on this page about what to do if it reports the wrong version.
But if you already knew the version, there would be no need for this Web page at all. The security bulletin from Adobe suggests going to the Adobe Player Download center to install the latest version. I wouldn’t, for a couple reasons.
For one, installing the latest version of Flash has never uninstalled the old buggy versions. From my Defensive Computing standpoint, I want to always ensure that old buggy software is fully removed. The uninstall procedures are discussed below.
Another reason is that the Adobe Download Center tries to pawn off additional software on Internet Explorer users.
They don’t do this with Firefox. As shown above, the default is to also install the Google Toolbar. Again speaking defensively, it’s best not to install software unless you absolutely need it. There is always the chance it will break something else, and, new software just becomes something else that needs care and feeding.
The Google Toolbar in particular, has its own very recent security bug. See Trend Micro and Aviv Raff for more on this. Out with the old I suggest starting with the Adobe Flash player unintall program. Removing old versions of the Flash player using the standard Add or Remove Programs applet in the Windows XP Control Panel failed more often than it worked in my tests.
Adobe has instructions on how to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control that include a link to download its uninstall program. There is an uninstall program for Windows and one for Macs, but no mention of Linux at all. The program uninstalls both the Internet Explorer and Firefox versions of the Flash player.
In fact, it even uninstalled a copy used by a portable version of Firefox. The instructions warn that it cannot remove files in use, so be sure to shut down all applications before running the uninstaller. I had no problems with the uninstalls.
Actually, I did. See my next posting. Firefox upgrade procedure Initially, this posting detailed a host of problems trying to use the Control Panel Add or Remove Programs applet in Windows XP to remove the Firefox version of the Flash player. After getting completely inconsistent results on three different machines, it became obvious the Adobe Flash player uninstaller was the way to go. After running the uninstaller, go back to the tester page to verify that the Flash player was uninstalled correctly.
If it was, you should see something like the below, prompting you to install the plug-in. Click on the green squiggly thing and the procedure is self-explanatory. Internet Explorer upgrade procedure Uninstalling the ActiveX version of the Flash player via the Control Panel was just as error-prone as the Firefox plug-in version.
Another machine was not at all happy with the request, as shown below. As with Firefox, start at the tester page to verify that the ActiveX version of the Flash player is no longer installed. To install a new copy of the Flash player, look for a yellow stripe at top of the tester Web page window and click on it.
Then, in the pop-up menu, click on “Install ActiveX control. That should do it. Note that if you are running Internet Explorer in restricted mode with DropMyRights, this won’t work and won’t tell you why. It has to be run unrestricted. When you see the below, you are done. My next posting goes into great detail about the problems I had updating the Flash player in one particularly stubborn copy of Firefox.
If you are having similar problems, my eventual solution may help you, too. December 18 is the “release date” of the security bulletin from Adobe. However, if you browse all the security bulletins from Adobe for Flash, you will see that this particular one was originally posted December 11 and has not been updated since.
Then again, both those dates could be wrong, at least according to this blog which seems to be from an Adobe employee whose initials are JD. When was the latest version of Flash really released? I’m just a blogger, not a reporter. I don’t use the Windows version of Opera or Safari, so if anyone knows if they too need to updated separately, please leave a comment below. See a summary of all my Defensive Computing postings.
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Security Update your Flash player now–and do it right Your copy of the Flash player is likely to be buggy and dangerous. Update it now and be sure to remove the older versions first. By Michael Horowitz April 11, 9: Specifically, versions 9. Simply viewing a Web page is all it takes for a bad guy to take control of your computer. This is true on Macs and Linux too.
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If your browser does not have Adobe Flash Player installed, Flash Player installed, or if the one that you have is getting a little old, it’s time to update! . Adobe Flash Player is free software that should not need a password to install other. Free software for Windows Windows Icon Adobe Flash Player Preview Screen 1 issues and bugs, causing instability, fortunately Adobe, with each update, is fixing issues and Download Adobe Flash Player directly from the manufacturer. Adobe Flash Player is computer software for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform .. Starting in August , Adobe no longer updates Flash for Android. In spite of this, Adobe Flash is still available to install on Android devices .