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VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper


Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. 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 primary executable is named flashutil32_16_0_0_219_pepper.exe. The setup package generally installs about 40 files and is usually about 54.58 MB (57,229,119 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 XP. While about 47% of users of Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Arab Emirates.

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_16_0_0_219_pepper.exe -maintain pepperplugin
Estimated size: 54.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper

Program executable:flashutil32_16_0_0_219_pepper.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 d0
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_219_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 16.0 d0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 16.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_219_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 16.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 17.0 r0
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 16.0 r0)
  • Flash32_11_6_602_171.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.6 r602
  • Flash32_15_0_0_189.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 15.0 r0
  • Flash32_16_0_0_219.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 16.0 d0
  • Flash32_16_0_0_257.ocx
  • Flash32_17_0_0_134.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 17.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_189.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_257.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_209.exe - Adobe Flash Player 18.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_189.dll - Shockwave Flash 15.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll - Shockwave Flash 16.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll - Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_219.dll - Shockwave Flash 16.0 d0

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_189.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_15_0_0_189.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 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 named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 16:17).
  • 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.
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe Flash Player Update Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "Mit diesem Dienst ist Ihre Flash Player-Installation immer aktuell und verwendet die neuesten Verbesserungen und Sicherheits-Fixes.".
5 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_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_18_0_0_209_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_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_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_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_257_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_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_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_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_12_0_0_70_Plugin.exe -update plugin.

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper 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 16 Pepper 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 16 Pepper, 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 16 Pepper.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 16 Pepper you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win 8 10%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.00%
Windows XP 10.00%
Windows Vista 10.00%
Windows 8 10.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.00%
Windows 7 Enterprise 10.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 10.00%
Windows 7 Professional 10.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.67%
  Germany 13.33%
  United Arab Emirates 6.67%
  Egypt 6.67%
  United Kingdom 6.67%
  Indonesia 6.67%
  Mexico 6.67%
  Norway 6.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 20.00%
Hewlett-Packard 20.00%
American Megatrends 20.00%
Lenovo 10.00%
Dell 10.00%
Acer 10.00%
Common models
Sony VPCEH35EN 12.50%
Sony VGN-CR508E 12.50%
LENOVO 4061AG3 12.50%
LENOVO 20354 12.50%
HP dx5150 SFF 12.50%

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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