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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,784
United States Rank #4,701
Reach 0.2512%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.86 days
320.31 days >
Average installed length: 168.30 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
9.0.124.0 9.20%
9.0.115.0 19.51%
9.0.47.0 2.90%
9.0.45.0 45.60%
9.0.37.0 0.03%
9.0.28.0 2.07%
9.0.16.0 20.70%

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Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX

What is Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX?

Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX is software for viewing multimedia, Rich Internet Applications, and streaming video and audio, on a computer web browser. Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Adobe Flash authoring tool, by Adobe Flex or by a number of other Macromedia and third party tools. Flash Player is freely available as a plugin for recent versions of web browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari) on selected platforms. Google Chrome integrated the player into the distribution. Each version of the plugin is backwards-compatible.

About  (from Adobe Systems)

Flash Player 9 is a lightweight, highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices. Flash Player 9 builds on the advances in Flash Player 8 by focusing on three main areas: creating a more robust programming model...  Read more

Overview

The most common release is 9.0.45.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named Flash9.ocx. The setup package generally installs about 230 files and is usually about 39.69 MB (41,613,229 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.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{BC4F8E84-5E29-49EC-B4E7-E6F9CB50986C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 39.69 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX

Program executable:Flash9.ocx
Name:Shockwave Flash
Adobe Flash Player 9.0 r16
Path:C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\Flash9.ocx
MD5:99f80ca1ebe95677668f54cac6f4ad6d
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202)
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_265_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.4 r402
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_265_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_169_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_224_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_224_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.8 r800
  • 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_117_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_152_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_152_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_43_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_Plugin.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_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_179_Plugin.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 14.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10g_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r52)
  • FlashUtil10h_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r53
  • FlashUtil10k_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r85
  • FlashUtil10l_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r102
  • FlashUtil10l_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10p_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.2 r159
  • FlashUtil10p_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10q_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r181
  • FlashUtil10q_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10s_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil10u_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10w_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r183
  • FlashUtil11c_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.0 r1
  • FlashUtil11c_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil11e_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.1 r102
  • FlashUtil11f_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil11g_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • uninstall_activeX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX (Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX Installer)
  • uninstall_plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin (Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin Installer)
  • GetFlash.exe - Shockwave Flash Updater (Adobe Flash Player Updater 9.0 r16)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 14.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r2
  • FlashUtil10a.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r12

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

24 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_179.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_14_0_0_179.dll'.
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_145.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_14_0_0_145.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_125.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_14_0_0_125.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_13_0_0_206.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_13_0_0_206.dll'.
  • Plus 18 more
10 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Pluginl' 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_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.
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_152.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.9.900.152 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • Plus 4 more
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{02632001-94C6-4E41-9A43-B08073ECE259}' (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.".
61 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_179_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_14_0_0_179_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil9d.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil9d.exe.
  • GetFlash.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\GetFlash.exe.
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_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_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_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_14_0_0_125_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_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_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • Plus 55 more
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\WINXP\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe'.
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe'.
  • 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_4_402_265_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.42 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0438570654%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02929838%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01455869%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:259,322
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:523 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:196 Bytes
105.02 KB average
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
FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.66 MB
Total CPU:0.0173510764%
Kernel CPU:0.00704978%
User CPU:0.01030130%
CPU cycles/sec:226,449
I/O reads/min:1.27 KB
I/O writes/min:25 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 ActiveX.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 35%
Win 8.1 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.98%
Windows 8 28.08%
Windows XP 11.88%
Windows Vista 11.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Windows 8.1 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.13%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.84%
Windows 7 Professional 11.24%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.70%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.83%
Windows 8.1 6.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.23%
  India 6.98%
  Germany 4.22%
  France 4.17%
  Iran 4.11%
  Indonesia 3.79%
  MA 3.19%
  United Kingdom 2.87%
  Italy 2.82%
  Philippines 2.68%
  Brazil 2.14%
  BD 1.95%
  Canada 1.73%
  Turkey 1.41%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.44%
Dell 20.62%
Acer 16.76%
Toshiba 10.38%
ASUS 8.98%
GIGABYTE 8.26%
Lenovo 4.73%
Intel 4.15%
Samsung 3.28%
American Megatrends 1.40%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 7.51%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.23%
ASUS All Series 3.96%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.73%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305D 2.60%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.46%

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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