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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,463
United States Rank #5,281
Reach 0.1377%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.38 days
276.77 days >
Average installed length: 145.42 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
12.0.0.39 0.05%
12.0.0.31 0.05%
10.0.1.218 1.55%
10.0.0.525 1.04%
9.0.289.0 0.31%
9.0.283.0 0.36%
9.0.280.0 0.78%
9.0.277.0 0.31%
9.0.262.0 0.21%
9.0.260.0 0.05%
9.0.246.0 0.05%
9.0.159.0 0.10%
9.0.151.0 0.41%
9.0.124.0 69.96%
9.0.115.0 15.17%
9.0.64.0 0.98%
9.0.60.184 0.10%
9.0.47.0 5.70%
9.0.45.0 2.80%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Adobe Systems

Adobe Flash Player Plugin

What is Adobe Flash Player Plugin?

The Adobe Flash Player 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.

Overview

The most used version is 9.0.124.0, 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. 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 NPSWF32.dll. The software installer includes 290 files and is usually about 2.51 MB (2,629,241 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.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\System32\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\uninstall_plugin.exe
Estimated size: 2.51 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player Plugin

Program module:NPSWF32.dll
Name:Shockwave Flash
Shockwave Flash 10.0 r22
Path:C:\Windows\System32\macromed\flash\NPSWF32.dll
MD5:72b7f936c68b8b9a1944753702e1f1ff
Shockwave Flash 10.0 r22 allows web pages to display interactive web content like games, business presentations, entertainment, and advertisements from your web browser. This is the plug-in specifically for Internet Explorer and runs as an...
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_ActiveX.exe
  • 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_262_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_268_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_265_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.4 r402
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_278_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_149_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_149_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700
  • 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_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_170_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_38_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_ActiveX.exe
  • 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_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_80_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 13.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10h_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r53)
  • FlashUtil10i_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r82
  • FlashUtil10i_Plugin.exe
  • 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
  • FlashUtil10m_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.2 r152
  • FlashUtil10o_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.2 r153
  • FlashUtil10p_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.2 r159
  • FlashUtil10p_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil10s_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r181
  • FlashUtil10t_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil10v_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r183
  • FlashUtil10w_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil11b_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.0 r1
  • FlashUtil11c_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil11c_Plugin.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

13 Google Chrome Plugins
  • 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_13_0_0_214.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_170.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_170.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll'.
  • Plus 7 more
6 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_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_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_8_800_168.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_94.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 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 with the class '{D33FA0E2-30FF-48D0-9630-17FA5E48D7C1}' (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 'AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "Adobe Flash Player Update Service".
72 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe -p.
  • FlashUtil11b_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\FlashUtil11b_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil10s_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\FlashUtil10s_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • 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_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_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_125_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_14_0_0_125_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • Plus 66 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_4_402_265_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.42 MB
Total CPU:0.0438570654%
Kernel CPU:0.02929838%
User CPU:0.01455869%
CPU cycles/sec:259,322
I/O reads/min:523 Bytes
I/O writes/min:196 Bytes
FlashUtil32_11_4_402_278_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.44 MB
Total CPU:0.0192339325%
Kernel CPU:0.01146159%
User CPU:0.00777235%
CPU cycles/sec:1,350
I/O reads/min:170 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player Plugin?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 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 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 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 Plugin.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player Plugin 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 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 43.97%
Windows XP 25.27%
Windows Vista 17.56%
Windows 8 13.05%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Windows 8.1 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 25.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.75%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.02%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 13.65%
Windows 7 Professional 7.50%
Windows 8.1 3.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.48%
  Iran 8.43%
  MA 5.02%
  United Kingdom 3.59%
  Canada 3.55%
  India 3.13%
  France 2.85%
  Brazil 2.76%
  Australia 2.62%
  DZ 2.53%
  Italy 2.49%
  Germany 2.39%
  Spain 1.34%
  Israel 1.34%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.70%
Dell 22.81%
Acer 13.98%
GIGABYTE 7.21%
ASUS 5.32%
Intel 5.14%
Sony 4.33%
American Megatrends 3.34%
Toshiba 3.07%
Lenovo 2.61%
Medion 2.07%
Sahara 2.07%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.54%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.08%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.17%
GBT AWRDACPI 2.72%
HP Compaq dc7600 Converti... 2.27%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.27%

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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