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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin?

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11% remove it89% keep it
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Global Rank #32,633
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Versions

VersionDistribution
15.0.0.239 2.56%
15.0.0.223 33.33%
15.0.0.167 25.64%
15.0.0.152 38.46%

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Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is 15.0.0.152, 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 installer includes 48 files and is usually about 35.61 MB (37,335,718 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. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 22% of users of Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in IQ 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: 35.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin

  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 r0
  • Uninstall.exe
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 16.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 15.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil9e.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 9.0 r115
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 15.0 r0)
  • Flash32_15_0_0_152.ocx
  • Flash32_15_0_0_167.ocx
  • Flash32_15_0_0_223.ocx
  • Flash32_15_0_0_239.ocx
  • Flash9e.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 9.0 r115
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_152.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_223.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_15_0_0_239.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_235.exe - Adobe Flash Player 16.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_296.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_17_0_0_134.exe - Adobe Flash Player 17.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_160.exe - Adobe Flash Player 18.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_232.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_20_0_0_235.exe - Adobe Flash Player 20.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_182.exe - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_152.dll - Shockwave Flash 15.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_189.dll
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_223.dll
  • NPSWF32_15_0_0_239.dll
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_235.dll - Shockwave Flash 16.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_257.dll
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_134.dll - Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_160.dll - Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_235.dll - Shockwave Flash 20.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll - Shockwave Flash 21.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_20_0_0_267.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

12 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_21_0_0_182.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_235.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_235.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_160.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_18_0_0_160.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_134.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_134.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_296.dll'.
  • Plus 6 more
Mozilla Plugin
  • 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.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 20:09).
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:43).
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.".
12 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • 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_20_0_0_267_pepper.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_20_0_0_267_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_235_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_20_0_0_235_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_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_18_0_0_232_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_160_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_18_0_0_160_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_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_17_0_0_134_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • Plus 6 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe
Memory:1.87 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0368633604%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02554886%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01131450%
0.015104% average
Switches/sec:25
70 average

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 15 ActiveX & Plugin?

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Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 15 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 15 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 15 ActiveX & Plugin.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 7 1%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.95%
Windows 10 24.36%
Windows XP 7.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 43.59%
Windows 7 Professional 12.82%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 8.97%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.69%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

21.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 21.98%
  IQ 6.59%
  Egypt 6.59%
  Brazil 5.49%
  Iran 5.49%
  Russia 4.40%
  India 4.40%
  DZ 4.40%
  Philippines 4.40%
  France 3.30%
  Indonesia 3.30%
  Turkey 3.30%
  MA 2.20%
  Thailand 2.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.09%
Dell 21.74%
Acer 15.22%
Lenovo 10.87%
GIGABYTE 8.70%
ASUS 6.52%
Intel 2.17%
MSI 2.17%
Toshiba 2.17%
American Megatrends 2.17%
Samsung 2.17%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.62%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.08%
Acer Aspire 5742G 3.08%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE L750 1.54%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 1.54%
TOSHIBA Satellite C650 1.54%

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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