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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #92
United States Rank #113
Reach 5.2594%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.52 days
133.44 days >
Average installed length: 70.11 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
15.0.0.246 19.55%
15.0.0.239 12.74%
15.0.0.223 3.66%
15.0.0.222 0.09%
15.0.0.215 0.17%
15.0.0.207 0.07%
15.0.0.199 0.12%
15.0.0.189 9.24%
15.0.0.183 0.24%
15.0.0.170 0.10%
15.0.0.159 0.20%
15.0.0.152 53.07%
15.0.0.144 0.27%
15.0.0.130 0.20%
15.0.0.114 0.11%
15.0.0.108 0.16%
10.0.2.54 0.01%

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Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin

What is Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin?  (from Adobe Systems)

Adobe Flash Player is the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content. Designs, animation, and application user interfaces are deployed immediately across all browsers and platforms, attracting and engaging users with a rich Web experience.

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is 15.0.0.152, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is flashutil32_15_0_0_108_plugin.exe. The software installer includes 287 files and is usually about 48.81 MB (51,182,596 bytes). The Adobe Flash Player Update Service (FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe) included with the Flash Player is set to run once per day if Flash Player has been configured during installation to install updates automatically when available. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 45% of users of Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

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_15_0_0_108_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 48.81 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin

Program executable:flashutil32_15_0_0_108_plugin.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 d0
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashutil32_15_0_0_108_plugin.exe
MD5:eb85eb68ff4af2d5d1ed08ace5d5f125
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_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_257_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_270_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.4 r402
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_146_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_149_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_169_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700
  • 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_168_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_174_ActiveX.exe
  • 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_170_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_182_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.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_176_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_179_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_144_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_159_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_167_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_170_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_199_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_207_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_215_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_240_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_240_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_ActiveX.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 15.0 r0)
  • 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 15.0 r0)
  • 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

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

34 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_239.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_15_0_0_239.dll'.
  • pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_235.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_235.dll'.
  • pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_240.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_240.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_223.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_15_0_0_223.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_246.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_15_0_0_246.dll'.
  • Plus 28 more
10 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_239.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.239 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.
  • NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.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 4 more
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 9:35 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:22 PM).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_189.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C336E9D7-51DB-44ED-BE56-CDC36CA09363}' (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.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_Plugin.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.
44 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_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_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_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_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_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_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_pepper.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_235_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_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_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_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_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • Plus 38 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_135_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.12 MB
Total CPU:0.0101839481%
Kernel CPU:0.00551223%
User CPU:0.00467172%
CPU cycles/sec:1,796,671
Switches/sec:138
I/O reads/min:5.49 KB
I/O writes/min:668 Bytes
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

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 Plugin.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 15 Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#92

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.90%
Windows 8 26.43%
Windows Vista 5.56%
Windows XP 5.06%
Windows 8.1 0.03%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.19%
Windows 8.1 13.10%
Windows 7 Professional 11.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.01%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.93%
  United Kingdom 4.94%
  Germany 3.63%
  Canada 3.55%
  France 3.47%
  Italy 2.94%
  Brazil 2.81%
  India 2.42%
  Australia 1.81%
  Netherlands 1.74%
  Belgium 1.09%
  Spain 1.08%
  Sweden 1.07%
  MA 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.43%
Dell 21.31%
Acer 17.58%
ASUS 10.12%
Toshiba 8.93%
GIGABYTE 4.54%
Lenovo 4.17%
Samsung 3.92%
Intel 1.31%
American Megatrends 0.71%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.49%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.27%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.24%
ASUS All Series 3.47%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.94%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.81%

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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