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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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VersionDistribution 66.67% 33.33%

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Adobe Flash

What is Adobe Flash?

Cross-platform plugin plays animations, videos and sound files in .SWF format. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages. Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It allows bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera.


The most used version is, 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 main program executable is FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 6.64 MB (6,958,920 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
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{E24A0015-C73F-4B57-B8DF-5EB84D2E9685}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 6.64 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash

Program executable:FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe
Name:Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r183
Adobe Flash Player installer and uninstaller process that runs in the background. The Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing multimedia, Rich Internet Applications, and streaming video and audio, on a computer web browser or on...
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 11.6 r602)
  • FlashUtil10l_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.1 r102)
  • FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.3 r183
  • FlashUtil10l_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.1 r102)
  • FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.3 r183
  • Flash10l.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 10.1 r102)
  • Flash10x.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.3 r183
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.6 r602
  • NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.6 r602

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll'.
Scheduled Task
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 7:55 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\Adobe Flash Player Updater.job.
  • 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.".
3 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil10x_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\FlashUtil10x_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil10l_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\FlashUtil10l_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_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_11_6_602_180_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to a184-51-159-62.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to a184-51-159-62.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 1935).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to (port 1936).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.91 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0021052754%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00206739%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003788%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:166,220
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:98 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Kernel CPU:0.06203367%
Memory:1.7 MB
Total CPU:0.1839538658%
Kernel CPU:0.14101817%
User CPU:0.04293570%
I/O reads/min:19.17 KB
I/O writes/min:103.23 KB

How do I remove Adobe Flash?

You can uninstall Adobe Flash 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Adobe Flash, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

87.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 87.50%
  Germany 12.50%

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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