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Global Rank #20,360
United States Rank #36,554
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Versions

VersionDistribution
12.0.0.77 14.49%
12.0.0.70 44.44%
12.0.0.38 41.06%

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Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX & Plugin

What is Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX & Plugin?  (from Adobe Systems)

Adobe┬« Flash┬« Player 12 drives innovation for rich, engaging digital experiences with new features for cross-platform browser-based viewing of expressive rich internet applications, content, and videos across devices. This beta release provides access to the Flash Player 12 runtime for Mac OS and Windows desktop enviro...  Read more

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX & Plugin is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 12.0.0.70, 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 setup package generally installs about 129 files and is usually about 52.25 MB (54,790,734 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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 14% of users of Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX & Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in DZ and Egypt.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\System32\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\Uninstall.exe -maintain
Estimated size: 52.25 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX & Plugin

  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • 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_160_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_108_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_152_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_240_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_pepper.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_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 19.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 22.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 23.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_148_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 25.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_113_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 29.0 r0
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil10o_ActiveX.exe - Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 10.2 r153)
  • 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 11.3 r372)
  • FlashUtil10o_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.2 r153
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_Plugin.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 22.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_pepper.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 23.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_pepper.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_pepper.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_Plugin.dll
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_148_pepper.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 25.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_113_Plugin.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 29.0 r0
  • FlashUtil9e.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 9.0 r115
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r42
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 11.3 r372)
  • Flash10a.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r12
  • Flash10d.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r42
  • Flash10o.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.2 r153
  • Flash32_12_0_0_38.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 12.0 r0
  • Flash32_12_0_0_70.ocx
  • Flash32_12_0_0_77.ocx
  • Flash9e.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 9.0 r115
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.9 r900

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

27 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_205.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_23_0_0_205.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_306.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_306.dll'.
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_160.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_160.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll'.
  • Plus 21 more
6 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_15_0_0_152.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.152 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.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.
13 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_113_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 02:48).
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 15:12).
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_148_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:27 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:50).
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 4:04 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:43).
  • Plus 7 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 'Adobe Flash Player Update Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "Mit diesem Dienst ist Ihre Flash Player-Installation immer aktuell und verwendet die neuesten Verbesserungen und Sicherheits-Fixes.".
33 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_113_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_29_0_0_113_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_148_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_25_0_0_148_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_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_23_0_0_185_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_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_23_0_0_162_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_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_23_0_0_205_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_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_22_0_0_209_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • Plus 27 more
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_77.exe'.
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe connects to edge21-a.stream.highwebmedia.com (64.38.238.122 port 1935).

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
FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe
Memory:45.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0276339659%
Kernel CPU:0.01426892%
User CPU:0.01336505%
CPU cycles/sec:95,908,118
Switches/sec:425
I/O reads/min:2.36 MB
I/O writes/min:287.76 KB

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  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 12 ActiveX & 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 12 ActiveX & Plugin.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win Server 2003 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.67%
Windows 10 28.99%
Windows XP 3.86%
Windows Server 2003 0.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 43.69%
Windows 7 Professional 14.08%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.71%
Windows 8 Pro 6.80%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 3.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 13.88%
  DZ 12.44%
  Egypt 5.26%
  India 4.78%
  IQ 4.31%
  United Kingdom 4.31%
  Brazil 3.35%
  Philippines 3.35%
  Indonesia 2.87%
  MA 2.39%
  Iran 2.39%
  Italy 2.39%
  LY 1.91%
  GE 1.91%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 30.28%
Hewlett-Packard 27.46%
Dell 22.54%
Lenovo 7.04%
ASUS 3.52%
GIGABYTE 2.82%
Samsung 2.11%
Toshiba 2.11%
Sahara 1.41%
Sony 0.70%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.91%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.34%
Dell Inspiron N5050 2.34%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.34%
Dell Latitude E6410 1.56%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.56%

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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