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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,581
Reach 0.0047%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.73 days
375.47 days >
Average installed length: 197.28 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
14.0.0.145 51.65%
14.0.0.125 48.35%

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Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin

What is Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin?  (from Adobe Systems)

Adobe Flash Player is an essential plug-in for your browser that lets you view everything from videos, to games, to animations on the web.

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 14.0.0.145, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 setup package generally installs about 64 files and is usually about 51 MB (53,479,548 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 16% of users of Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in IQ and Philippines.

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: 51 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin

  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_179_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • 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_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_185_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 19.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 25.0 r0
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 14.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 16.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_Plugin.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 25.0 r0
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 16.0 r0)
  • Flash32_14_0_0_125.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 14.0 r0
  • Flash32_14_0_0_145.ocx
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_14_0_0_125.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_14_0_0_145.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_14_0_0_179.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_189.exe - Adobe Flash Player 15.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_223.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_235.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_296.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_305.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_17_0_0_169.exe - Adobe Flash Player 17.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_17_0_0_188.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_209.exe - Adobe Flash Player 18.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_232.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_182.exe - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_213.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_25_0_0_127.exe - Adobe Flash Player 25.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_125.dll - Shockwave Flash 14.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_145.dll
  • NPSWF32_14_0_0_179.dll
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_189.dll - Shockwave Flash 15.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_223.dll
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_235.dll - Shockwave Flash 16.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_305.dll
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll - Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_188.dll
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll - Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll
  • NPSWF32_19_0_0_185.dll - Shockwave Flash 19.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll - Shockwave Flash 21.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll
  • NPSWF32_25_0_0_127.dll - Shockwave Flash 25.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_16_0_0_305.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_17_0_0_169.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_209.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

18 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_25_0_0_127.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_25_0_0_127.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_19_0_0_185.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_19_0_0_185.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 12 more
5 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 21.0.0.213 Plugin' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • 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_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_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.
8 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 3:27).
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 14:21).
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 4:11).
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 19:22).
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 1.39).
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 21:10).
  • Plus 2 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 'AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "Mit diesem Dienst ist Ihre Flash Player-Installation immer aktuell und verwendet die neuesten Verbesserungen und Sicherheits-Fixes.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_Plugin.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe' and executes as C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe.
19 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_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_25_0_0_127_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_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_21_0_0_213_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_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_21_0_0_213_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_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_21_0_0_182_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_185_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_19_0_0_185_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_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_18_0_0_232_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • Plus 13 more
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_14_0_0_125.exe connects to a184-27-45-61.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com (184.27.45.61 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_14_0_0_125.exe
Memory:46.63 MB
Total CPU:0.0302119429%
Kernel CPU:0.01663945%
User CPU:0.01357249%
CPU cycles/sec:87,804,727
Switches/sec:100
I/O reads/min:404.59 KB
I/O writes/min:61.32 KB

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & Plugin from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX & 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 14 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 14 ActiveX & Plugin.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win XP 1%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.73%
Windows 10 24.18%
Windows XP 1.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 43.96%
Windows 7 Professional 19.78%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.69%
Windows 8 Pro 6.59%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.59%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 4.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.16% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 16.16%
  IQ 13.13%
  Philippines 8.08%
  MA 6.06%
  DZ 5.05%
  Iran 4.04%
  Brazil 3.03%
  Russia 3.03%
  India 3.03%
  Turkey 3.03%
  Egypt 3.03%
  France 2.02%
  Sweden 2.02%
  Spain 2.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 28.17%
Dell 21.13%
Hewlett-Packard 21.13%
Toshiba 8.45%
ASUS 8.45%
Lenovo 5.63%
GIGABYTE 2.82%
Sony 1.41%
Samsung 1.41%
Intel 1.41%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.70%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.47%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq 61... 2.47%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.47%
LENOVO 20238 2.47%
TOSHIBA Satellite U840 1.23%

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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