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Should I remove Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,079
United States Rank #1,193
Reach 0.6520%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.56 days
104.89 days >
Average installed length: 55.11 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
21.0.0.242 32.65%
21.0.0.232 0.10%
21.0.0.217 0.10%
21.0.0.213 32.92%
21.0.0.204 0.19%
21.0.0.197 13.50%
21.0.0.195 0.04%
21.0.0.191 0.01%
21.0.0.183 0.05%
21.0.0.182 19.95%
21.0.0.174 0.16%
21.0.0.157 0.14%
21.0.0.146 0.07%
21.0.0.136 0.08%
21.0.0.130 0.05%

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Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX

Overview

Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is 21.0.0.213, 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named flashutil32_21_0_0_157_activex.exe. The setup package generally installs about 329 files and is usually about 87.82 MB (92,085,052 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 Vista (SP2). While about 45% of users of Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adobe.com
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_21_0_0_157_ActiveX.exe -maintain activex
Estimated size: 87.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX

Program executable:flashutil32_21_0_0_157_activex.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
Path:C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash\flashutil32_21_0_0_157_activex.exe
MD5:95deb219329ed3066b4128d3ab48fe71
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202)
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_271_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300
  • FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.4 r402
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_110_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_149_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_8_800_168_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.8 r800
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_152_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_206_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 13.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_13_0_0_214_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 14.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_189_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 15.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_239_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_257_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_287_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_305_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_134_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_188_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_190_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_209_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 18.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_18_0_0_232_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_185_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 19.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_226_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_19_0_0_245_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_228_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_235_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_267_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_286_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_182_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_195_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_204_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_204_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_213_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_242_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_242_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_168_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 22.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_192_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 22.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_192_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 23.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_162_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_185_Plugin.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

27 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_24_0_0_186.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_24_0_0_186.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_25_0_0_127.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_25_0_0_127.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_205.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_23_0_0_205.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_162.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_23_0_0_162.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_22_0_0_209.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_22_0_0_192.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_22_0_0_192.dll'.
  • Plus 21 more
7 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.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player' 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_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.
  • Plus 1 more
19 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F5632778-4755-4C82-B7E5-49208941C476}' (runs on registration).
  • FlashUtil32_24_0_0_221_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB908783-EC25-412A-9747-4643BB74198A}' (runs on registration).
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 3:27).
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 05:03 p. m.).
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_148_Plugin.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:27 PM).
  • FlashUtil32_24_0_0_194_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 8:43 PM).
  • Plus 13 more
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Flash Player Updater.
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_pepper.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier.
2 Services
  • 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.".
  • 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.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • FlashUtil32_15_0_0_223_ActiveX.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.
64 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_24_0_0_221_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_24_0_0_221_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_27_0_0_187_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_27_0_0_187_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • FlashUtil32_24_0_0_194_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_24_0_0_194_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_24_0_0_186_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_24_0_0_186_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_25_0_0_127_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_127_pepper.exe -update pepperplugin.
  • 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.
  • Plus 58 more
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_8_800_94.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_11_8_800_94.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

FlashUtil32_11_2_202_235_ActiveX.exe
Memory:3.18 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0295368957%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00730482%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.02223207%
0.015104% average
FlashUtil32_11_3_300_271_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.95 MB
Total CPU:0.0132778850%
Kernel CPU:0.00566442%
User CPU:0.00761347%
Switches/sec:2
FlashUtil32_11_4_402_287_ActiveX.exe
Memory:2.86 MB
Total CPU:0.0184378113%
Kernel CPU:0.01017098%
User CPU:0.00826683%
CPU cycles/sec:149,123
Switches/sec:1
I/O reads/min:416 Bytes
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX?

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Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 21 ActiveX 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 21 ActiveX, 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 21 ActiveX.

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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 81%
Win 7 0%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 86.99%
Windows Vista 7.60%
Windows XP 5.15%
Windows 10 0.25%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.15%
Windows 7 Professional 21.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.58%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.93%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.97%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.26% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.26%
  Germany 7.33%
  France 5.22%
  United Kingdom 3.78%
  Italy 3.64%
  Canada 3.35%
  Brazil 3.09%
  Spain 1.64%
  Russia 1.47%
  DZ 1.31%
  Australia 1.30%
  Netherlands 1.14%
  Mexico 1.02%
  Turkey 0.95%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.36%
Dell 25.47%
Acer 18.82%
ASUS 8.48%
Toshiba 6.14%
GIGABYTE 4.75%
Samsung 3.83%
Lenovo 2.25%
American Megatrends 1.18%
Intel 1.17%
Sahara 0.55%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.28%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.24%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.83%
ASUS All Series 3.23%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.19%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.96%

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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