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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #86
United States Rank #157
Reach 5.4093%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.14 days
92.77 days >
Average installed length: 48.74 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
12.0.0.77 47.91%
12.0.0.70 22.49%
12.0.0.54 0.26%
12.0.0.47 0.21%
12.0.0.44 17.97%
12.0.0.43 9.46%
12.0.0.39 0.81%
12.0.0.31 0.14%
12.0.0.24 0.20%
12.0.0.17 0.19%
12.0.0.9 0.18%
12.0.0.3 0.17%
10.0.2.54 0.01%

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Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin

What is Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin?  (from Adobe Systems)

Cross-platform plugin plays animations, videos and sound files in .SWF format. Adobe® Flash® Player is a lightweight browser plug-in and rich Internet application runtime that delivers consistent and engaging user experiences.

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 12.0.0.77, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named flashutil32_12_0_0_3_plugin.exe. The setup package generally installs about 215 files and is usually about 38.18 MB (40,033,947 bytes). The Adobe Flash Player Update Service (FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe) is the Flash Player auto-update service that runs as a service and a scheduled task and used to automatically check for new releases. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 40% of users of Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_12_0_0_3_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 38.18 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin

Program executable:flashutil32_12_0_0_3_plugin.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 d0
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashutil32_12_0_0_3_plugin.exe
MD5:ce6ff9f909069444712f9f9973632045
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_228_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202)
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_257_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_271_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_146_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_149_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_169_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_224_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_168_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.8 r800
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_175_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_152_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_24_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_38_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_39_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_39_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_43_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_47_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_54_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_54_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_9_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_182_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_176_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10k_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r85)
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r181
  • FlashUtil11c_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.0 r1
  • FlashUtil11e_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.1 r102
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • uninstall_activeX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX (Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX Installer)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r2
  • FlashUtil10a.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r12
  • FlashUtil10b.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r22
  • FlashUtil10c.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r32
  • FlashUtil10d.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r42
  • FlashUtil10e.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r45
  • FlashUtil10k_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.1 r85
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.3 r181

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

20 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_77.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_77.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_70.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_70.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_44.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_44.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_54.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_54.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_47.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_47.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_43.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_43.dll'.
  • Plus 14 more
5 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.9.900.117 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_152.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.9.900.152 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_4_402_287.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.4.402.287 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_5_502_135.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.5.502.135 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E22ADAAF-2C70-4846-B07A-9AEAD2A1A01E}' (runs on registration).
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_ActiveX.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F0CB7E66-C557-40E2-9413-E47A76FF32E3}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Flash Player Updater.
Service
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe Flash Player Update Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "This service keeps your Adobe Flash Player installation up to date with the latest enhancements and security fixes.".
47 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_176_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_14_0_0_176_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_182_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_13_0_0_182_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • Plus 41 more
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\WINXP\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe'.
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.18 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0295368957%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00730482%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02223207%
0.015104% average
FlashUtil32_11_3_300_271_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.95 MB
Total CPU:0.0132778850%
Kernel CPU:0.00566442%
User CPU:0.00761347%
Switches/sec:2
FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.66 MB
Total CPU:0.0173510764%
Kernel CPU:0.00704978%
User CPU:0.01030130%
CPU cycles/sec:226,449
I/O reads/min:1.27 KB
I/O writes/min:25 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 12 Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 59%
0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.10%
Windows 8 21.95%
Windows XP 7.66%
Windows Vista 5.25%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.32%
Windows 7 Professional 12.11%
Windows 8.1 7.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.63%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 40.09%
  France 7.72%
  United Kingdom 4.49%
  Brazil 4.09%
  Canada 3.32%
  Germany 3.26%
  Italy 3.02%
  Finland 2.50%
  India 2.19%
  Netherlands 1.66%
  Australia 1.59%
  Czech Republic 1.51%
  Belgium 1.29%
  Israel 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.41%
Dell 21.53%
Acer 17.63%
ASUS 10.85%
Toshiba 6.75%
GIGABYTE 6.67%
Samsung 4.09%
Lenovo 3.41%
Intel 1.77%
American Megatrends 1.19%
MSI 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.20%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.08%
ASUS All Series 3.22%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.83%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.54%

About Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems Incorporated is computer program company focused on the creation of multimedia & creativity program products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Net application program development.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com

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