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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #256
United States Rank #312
Reach 2.6475%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.96 days
28.26 days >
Average installed length: 14.85 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
20.0.0.306 27.21%
20.0.0.294 0.08%
20.0.0.286 23.24%
20.0.0.285 0.07%
20.0.0.279 0.02%
20.0.0.274 0.02%
20.0.0.267 26.65%
20.0.0.255 0.20%
20.0.0.248 0.06%
20.0.0.238 0.04%
20.0.0.235 22.02%
20.0.0.231 0.14%
20.0.0.229 0.02%
20.0.0.214 0.07%
20.0.0.203 0.07%
20.0.0.195 0.09%

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Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is 20.0.0.306, 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_20_0_0_231_plugin.exe. The software installer includes 222 files and is usually about 42.66 MB (44,736,718 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 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 42% of users of Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Italy.

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_20_0_0_231_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 42.66 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI

Program executable:flashutil32_20_0_0_231_plugin.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 d0
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashutil32_20_0_0_231_plugin.exe
MD5:bde1fa35a6936f50c8417645d145f087
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_168_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.8 r800)
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_185_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 19.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_195_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_203_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_214_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_214_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_235_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_248_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_255_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_270_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_285_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_294_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_294_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_157_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 20.0 r0)
  • Uninstall.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.1 r102)
  • 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 20.0 r0)
  • 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
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 18.0 r0

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

26 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_286.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_286.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_306.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_306.dll'.
  • 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'.
  • Plus 20 more
7 Mozilla Plugins
  • 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 '@adobe.com/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 '@adobe.com/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 '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_145.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/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 '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • Plus 1 more
8 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 13:24).
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:25 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 1:01).
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:43).
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 08:36 p.m.).
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 4:53 PM).
  • Plus 2 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) "Mit diesem Dienst ist Ihre Flash Player-Installation immer aktuell und verwendet die neuesten Verbesserungen und Sicherheits-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.
35 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.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_306_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_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_306_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_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_286_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_pepper.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_286_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_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_20_0_0_228_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_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_20_0_0_228_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • Plus 29 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe
Memory:1.7 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.02330219%
0.016088% average
Switches/sec:3
70 average
FlashUtil10b.exe
Memory:1.68 MB
Total CPU:0.0088902833%
Kernel CPU:0.00444514%
User CPU:0.00444514%
FlashUtil10c.exe
Memory:1.46 MB
Total CPU:0.0143737794%
Kernel CPU:0.01391638%
User CPU:0.00045740%
Switches/sec:7

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Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 20 NPAPI 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 20 NPAPI, 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 20 NPAPI.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 8 54%
Win 7 (SP1) 0%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 54.14%
Windows 7 39.01%
Windows Vista 3.94%
Windows XP 2.89%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 27.99%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.34%
Windows 10 Pro 11.27%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.71%
Windows 7 Professional 8.64%
Windows 8.1 6.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.03%
  Canada 6.25%
  Italy 5.83%
  France 5.66%
  United Kingdom 5.10%
  Germany 4.44%
  Brazil 2.21%
  Russia 1.76%
  Australia 1.60%
  Spain 1.31%
  Netherlands 1.27%
  Sweden 1.11%
  India 0.95%
  Poland 0.90%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.34%
Dell 18.79%
Acer 17.22%
ASUS 11.88%
Toshiba 7.50%
Lenovo 6.04%
GIGABYTE 3.92%
Samsung 3.86%
Intel 1.05%
MSI 0.78%
American Megatrends 0.61%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.16%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.55%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.16%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.09%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.67%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.29%

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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