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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #311
United States Rank #342
Reach 2.2511%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 1.36 days
40.17 days >
Average installed length: 21.10 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
18.0.0.326 0.00%
18.0.0.324 0.01%
18.0.0.268 0.00%
18.0.0.261 0.01%
18.0.0.255 0.02%
18.0.0.252 0.00%
18.0.0.241 0.04%
18.0.0.232 40.30%
18.0.0.210 0.14%
18.0.0.209 41.17%
18.0.0.205 0.07%
18.0.0.203 3.34%
18.0.0.198 0.16%
18.0.0.194 8.05%
18.0.0.186 0.07%
18.0.0.162 0.17%
18.0.0.160 5.69%
18.0.0.154 0.07%
18.0.0.144 0.11%
18.0.0.129 0.08%
18.0.0.114 0.13%
18.0.0.107 0.18%
18.0.0.95 0.17%

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Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is 18.0.0.209, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is flashutil32_18_0_0_95_activex.exe. The software installer includes 346 files and is usually about 37.55 MB (39,373,156 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 Vista (SP2). While about 45% of users of Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

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_18_0_0_95_ActiveX.exe -maintain activex
Estimated size: 37.55 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX

Program executable:flashutil32_18_0_0_95_activex.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 d0
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashutil32_18_0_0_95_activex.exe
MD5:92aefc6cb72d33f48956bd89b4d030e2
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202)
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_271_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300
  • 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_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_202_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_174_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_175_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.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_214_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • 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_145_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_167_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_287_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_190_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_190_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_190_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_191_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_191_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_107_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_114_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_154_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_162_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_186_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_194_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_194_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_194_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_198_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_198_pepper.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

38 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_235.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_235.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_267.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_267.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_19_0_0_245.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_19_0_0_245.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_19_0_0_207.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_19_0_0_207.dll'.
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_160.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_160.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll'.
  • Plus 32 more
11 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_18_0_0_209.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 18.0.0.209 Plugin' 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_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 5 more
9 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 11:09 AM).
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 4:53 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 1.39).
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_190_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 08:28 p.m.).
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_194_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 18:39).
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:23).
  • Plus 3 more
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 'AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc' (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.
55 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_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_20_0_0_267_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_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_19_0_0_245_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_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_19_0_0_245_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_235_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_20_0_0_235_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_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_19_0_0_226_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_207_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_19_0_0_207_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • Plus 49 more
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_8_800_94.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_11_8_800_94.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_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.86 MB
Total CPU:0.0184378113%
Kernel CPU:0.01017098%
User CPU:0.00826683%
CPU cycles/sec:149,123
Switches/sec:1
I/O reads/min:416 Bytes
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 ActiveX.

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WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#311

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.77%
Windows Vista 7.51%
Windows XP 4.53%
Windows 8 0.17%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.04%
Windows 7 Professional 17.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.68%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.48%
Windows 7 Enterprise 1.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.84%
  United Kingdom 6.07%
  France 5.02%
  Austria 4.58%
  Germany 4.06%
  Canada 3.25%
  Brazil 2.53%
  Australia 1.98%
  Italy 1.95%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  Spain 1.22%
  Mexico 1.12%
  Belgium 1.05%
  India 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.04%
Dell 24.32%
Acer 17.81%
Toshiba 8.07%
ASUS 7.79%
GIGABYTE 4.40%
Samsung 4.21%
Lenovo 1.70%
Intel 1.16%
American Megatrends 0.77%
Medion 0.72%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.93%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.21%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.62%
ASUS All Series 3.68%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.16%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.80%

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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