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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #116
United States Rank #115
Reach 4.5985%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.93 days
86.44 days >
Average installed length: 45.42 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
15.0.0.246 22.74%
15.0.0.239 12.28%
15.0.0.223 3.68%
15.0.0.222 0.06%
15.0.0.215 0.12%
15.0.0.207 0.05%
15.0.0.199 0.09%
15.0.0.189 6.61%
15.0.0.183 0.17%
15.0.0.170 0.07%
15.0.0.167 36.48%
15.0.0.159 0.13%
15.0.0.152 17.00%
15.0.0.144 0.16%
15.0.0.130 0.14%
15.0.0.114 0.10%
15.0.0.108 0.10%

Typically installed together

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Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX

What is Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX?

Cross-platform plugin plays animations, videos and sound files in .SWF format.

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 15.0.0.167, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 primary executable is named flashutil32_15_0_0_108_activex.exe. The setup package generally installs about 274 files and is usually about 34.09 MB (35,741,105 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 Vista (SP2). While about 49% of users of Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\System32\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_15_0_0_108_ActiveX.exe -maintain activex
Estimated size: 34.09 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX

Program executable:flashutil32_15_0_0_108_activex.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 d0
Path:C:\Windows\System32\macromed\flash\flashutil32_15_0_0_108_activex.exe
MD5:eb85eb68ff4af2d5d1ed08ace5d5f125
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.4 r402)
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_146_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_224_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_168_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.8 r800
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_130_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_144_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_167_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_215_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_233_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_240_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_240_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 16.0 r0)
  • Uninstall.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.1 r102)
  • uninstall_plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin (Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin Installer)
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.4 r402)
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_146_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_168_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.8 r800
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_174_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_176_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_108_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 15.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_130_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_144_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_167_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.dll
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r45
  • Flash32_11_2_202_228.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 11.2 r202)
  • Flash32_11_2_202_233.ocx
  • Flash32_11_3_300_257.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.3 r300
  • Flash32_11_3_300_270.ocx
  • Flash32_11_3_300_271.ocx
  • Flash32_11_4_402_278.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.4 r402
  • Flash32_11_4_402_287.ocx
  • Flash32_11_5_502_135.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.5 r502
  • Flash32_11_5_502_146.ocx
  • Flash32_11_7_700_169.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.7 r700

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

25 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_188.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_188.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_134.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_134.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_305.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_305.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll'.
  • Plus 19 more
9 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_305.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.305 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • 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_15_0_0_152.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.152 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_179.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 14.0.0.179 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_145.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/FlashPlayer' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • Plus 3 more
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C52BB194-81D7-4744-8D60-02FAA798A8BF}' (runs on registration).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_189.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C336E9D7-51DB-44ED-BE56-CDC36CA09363}' (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 Update Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "This service keeps your Adobe installation up to date with the latest enhancements and security fixes.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe' and executes as C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe.
24 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_Plugin.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_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.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_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_Plugin.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_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_Plugin.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_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.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_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_Plugin.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_16_0_0_257_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • Plus 18 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.86 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0184378113%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01017098%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00826683%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:149,123
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:1
70 average
I/O reads/min:416 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
105.02 KB average
FlashUtil32_11_5_502_146_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.09 MB
Total CPU:0.0089397281%
Kernel CPU:0.00486633%
User CPU:0.00407339%
CPU cycles/sec:330,322
Switches/sec:27
I/O reads/min:4.33 KB
I/O writes/min:174 Bytes
FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.34 MB
Total CPU:0.0063162606%
Kernel CPU:0.00376010%
User CPU:0.00255616%
CPU cycles/sec:2,651,254
Switches/sec:2
I/O reads/min:33.57 KB
I/O writes/min:233 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX 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 15 ActiveX 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 15 ActiveX, 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 15 ActiveX.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 80%
Win 8 0%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 85.49%
Windows Vista 8.51%
Windows XP 5.92%
Windows 8 0.04%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.58%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.07%
Windows 7 Professional 15.91%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.51%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.86%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.73%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.74% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.74%
  United Kingdom 5.47%
  Canada 3.87%
  France 3.21%
  Germany 2.97%
  Brazil 2.68%
  Italy 2.19%
  Australia 2.05%
  Netherlands 2.00%
  India 1.84%
  Sweden 1.21%
  Belgium 1.18%
  DK 1.17%
  Spain 1.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.04%
Dell 25.45%
Acer 17.45%
Toshiba 8.29%
ASUS 7.79%
GIGABYTE 4.52%
Samsung 3.58%
Lenovo 1.79%
Intel 1.35%
American Megatrends 0.74%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.81%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.75%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.23%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.08%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.96%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.77%

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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