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Should I remove Macromedia Flash Player 8?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,484
United States Rank #5,736
Reach 0.2915%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.69 days
374.30 days >
Average installed length: 196.66 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
9.0.124.0 0.51%
9.0.115.0 0.17%
8.0.5.0 0.73%
8.0.42.0 0.10%
8.0.39.0 0.07%
8.0.35.0 0.07%
8.0.34.0 0.02%
8.0.24.0 3.16%
8.0.22.0 43.77%
8.0.0.434 0.78%
8 50.60%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Macromedia

Macromedia Flash Player 8

What is Macromedia Flash Player 8?

The Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing multimedia, Rich Internet Applications, and streaming video and audio, on a computer web browser or on supported mobile devices. 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 was created by Macromedia and now developed and distributed by Adobe Systems.

Overview

The most used version is 8, 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 Flash8.ocx. The software installer includes 359 files and is usually about 34.45 MB (36,123,864 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.macromedia.com
Help link: www.macromedia.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\
Uninstaller: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection C:\Windows\INF\swflash.inf,DefaultUninstall,5
Estimated size: 34.45 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Macromedia Flash Player 8

Program executable:Flash8.ocx
Name:Shockwave Flash
Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r22
Path:C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\Flash8.ocx
MD5:912139e4df5b5c38c572e032fb69b5ff
Additional files:
  • GetFlash.exe - Shockwave Flash Updater (Macromedia Flash Player Updater 8.0 r22)
  • flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 r79)
  • Flash6.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 r88
  • Flash8.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r22
  • Flash8a.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r24
  • Flash8b.ocx
  • Flash8c.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r33
  • Flash8f.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r39
  • Flash8g.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r42
  • NPSWF32.dll - Shockwave Flash 8.0 r24
  • swflash.ocx - Flash 4.0 (Flash Player 4.0 r7)
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_228_ActiveX.exe (by Adobe Systems) - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202)
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.exe (by Adobe Systems) - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_169_ActiveX.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_94_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.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_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_179_Plugin.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 11.9 r900)
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r181)
  • FlashUtil11e_ActiveX.exe - 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)
  • uninstall_plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin (Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin Installer)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 13.0 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
  • FlashUtil10u_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.3 r181
  • FlashUtil11e_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.1 r102
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_228_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.2 r202
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.8 r800
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_44_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil9b.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 9.0 r28
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 9.0 r47
  • Flash10b.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r22
  • Flash10c.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r32
  • Flash10d.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r42
  • Flash10e.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r45
  • Flash10u.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.3 r181
  • Flash32_11_2_202_228.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.2 r202

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

10 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_13_0_0_206.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_13_0_0_206.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_13_0_0_214.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_12_0_0_77.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_12_0_0_77.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_152.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_152.dll'.
  • Plus 4 more
6 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Pluginl' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/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 '@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_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 '@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.
  • 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 '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{02632001-94C6-4E41-9A43-B08073ECE259}' (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.".
28 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.
  • 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_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_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_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_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_206_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • Plus 22 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'.
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe connects to a65-32-34-57.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (65.32.34.57 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil32_11_6_602_171_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.34 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0063162606%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00376010%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00255616%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,651,254
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:2
70 average
I/O reads/min:33.57 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:233 Bytes
105.02 KB average
FlashUtil32_11_8_800_94_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.74 MB
Total CPU:0.0041443250%
Kernel CPU:0.00296413%
User CPU:0.00118019%
CPU cycles/sec:89,103
I/O reads/min:152 Bytes
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe
Kernel CPU:0.29527559%

How do I remove Macromedia Flash Player 8?

Quickly and completely remove Macromedia Flash Player 8 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Macromedia Flash Player 8 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 Macromedia Flash Player 8, 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 Macromedia Flash Player 8.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Macromedia Flash Player 8 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 40%
Win 8.1 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.34%
Windows 8 25.65%
Windows XP 17.51%
Windows Vista 3.37%
Windows Server 2003 0.10%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.51%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.01%
Windows 7 Professional 10.40%
Windows 8.1 4.67%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 16.04%
  India 7.89%
  Iran 5.89%
  Indonesia 4.97%
  Italy 3.58%
  France 3.48%
  Vietnam 3.41%
  Germany 3.02%
  Brazil 2.92%
  United Kingdom 2.46%
  BD 2.19%
  Spain 2.09%
  TN 2.07%
  Turkey 1.87%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.15%
Dell 21.31%
Acer 15.04%
ASUS 10.85%
GIGABYTE 6.96%
Lenovo 5.58%
Toshiba 5.19%
Samsung 4.54%
Intel 2.73%
American Megatrends 2.38%
Sahara 2.27%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.42%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.76%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.54%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.32%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.32%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.32%

About Macromedia

Macromedia was a graphics and web development software company that produced such products as Flash and Dreamweaver and was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com

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