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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX & Plugins?

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How common is it?
Global Rank #40,389
United States Rank #38,673
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Versions

VersionDistribution
18.0.0.232 31.25%
18.0.0.209 47.92%
18.0.0.194 18.75%
18.0.0.160 2.08%

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Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX & Plugins

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX & Plugins is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is 18.0.0.209, 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 63 files and is usually about 73.08 MB (76,629,133 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 10. While about 42% of users of Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX & Plugins come from the United States, it is also popular in India and DZ.

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: 73.08 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 18 ActiveX & Plugins

  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_207_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 19.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_157_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_Plugin.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_185_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 23.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_26_0_0_137_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 26.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 27.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_140_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 29.0 r0
  • Uninstall.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerFeedbackService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Feedback Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Feedback Service 21.0 d0)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 21.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • uninstall_plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin (Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin Installer)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 22.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_Plugin.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_Plugin.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 23.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_205_pepper.dll
  • FlashUtil32_26_0_0_137_Plugin.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 26.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_pepper.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 27.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_140_pepper.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 29.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r22
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 22.0 r0)
  • Flash32_18_0_0_160.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 18.0 r0
  • Flash32_18_0_0_194.ocx
  • Flash32_18_0_0_209.ocx
  • Flash32_18_0_0_232.ocx
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_194.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_209.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_18_0_0_232.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_20_0_0_286.exe - Adobe Flash Player 20.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_20_0_0_306.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_157.exe - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 d0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_213.exe - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_22_0_0_209.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_23_0_0_185.exe - Adobe Flash Player 23.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_26_0_0_137.exe - Adobe Flash Player 26.0 r0
  • NPSWF32.dll - Shockwave Flash 10.0 r22
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_194.dll - Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_209.dll
  • NPSWF32_18_0_0_232.dll
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_286.dll - Shockwave Flash 20.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_306.dll
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_157.dll - Shockwave Flash 21.0 d0
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll - Shockwave Flash 21.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll - Shockwave Flash 22.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_185.dll - Shockwave Flash 23.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_26_0_0_137.dll - Shockwave Flash 26.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_160.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_194.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_209.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_18_0_0_232.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_19_0_0_207.dll - Shockwave Flash 19.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_20_0_0_286.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_20_0_0_306.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_23_0_0_205.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_27_0_0_187.dll - Shockwave Flash 27.0 r0

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

9 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_21_0_0_213.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_20_0_0_286.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_20_0_0_286.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'.
  • Plus 3 more
4 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_185.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe(r) Flash(r) Player 23.0.0.185 Plugin' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • 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.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.
8 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 9:58 AM).
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_140_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 9:26).
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 00:01).
  • FlashUtil32_26_0_0_137_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 02:09).
  • 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_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:25 PM).
  • Plus 2 more
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Flash Player Updater.
2 Services
  • 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.".
  • FlashPlayerFeedbackService.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe Flash Player Feedback Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerFeedbackSvc) "Flash Player Feedback Service sends anonymous usage data to Adobe to help improve Flash Player.".
12 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_29_0_0_140_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_29_0_0_140_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_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_27_0_0_187_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.
  • FlashUtil32_23_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_23_0_0_185_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • 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.
  • Plus 6 more

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

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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 18 ActiveX & Plugins, 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 18 ActiveX & Plugins.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 2%
 
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 68.75%
Windows 10 29.17%
Windows XP 2.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 52.08%
Windows 7 Professional 12.50%
Windows 10 Pro 10.42%
Windows 8.1 6.25%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.17%
Windows 8 Pro N 2.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.37%
  India 6.78%
  DZ 5.08%
  IQ 5.08%
  Saudi Arabia 5.08%
  Philippines 3.39%
  Egypt 3.39%
  NP 3.39%
  MA 1.69%
  France 1.69%
  RS 1.69%
  Russia 1.69%
  Portugal 1.69%
  Indonesia 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.88%
Acer 21.88%
Lenovo 15.63%
Dell 9.38%
ASUS 9.38%
GIGABYTE 6.25%
Toshiba 6.25%
Samsung 3.13%
American Megatrends 3.13%
Sony 3.13%
Common models
LENOVO 80Q6 7.50%
Dell Inspiron 1564 5.00%
XPC___ SN41 2.50%
TOSHIBA Satellite Pro L30... 2.50%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.50%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-B 2.50%

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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