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Installation trends (last 30 days)


VersionDistribution 9.09% 32.73% 40.00% 18.18%

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Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI


Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI is a software program developed by Adobe Systems. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named flashutil32_21_0_0_157_plugin.exe. The setup package generally installs about 57 files and is usually about 45.62 MB (47,833,264 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 8 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 21% of users of Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI come from the United States, it is also popular in Egypt and India.

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_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 45.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI

Program executable:flashutil32_21_0_0_157_plugin.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.3 r300)
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 20.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_130_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_136_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_136_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_146_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_146_Plugin.exe
  • 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 d0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 20.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.3 r300
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.5 r502
  • FlashUtil32_20_0_0_306_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_136_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 21.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_146_ActiveX.dll
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 20.0 r0)
  • Flash32_11_3_300_265.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.3 r300
  • Flash32_11_3_300_268.ocx
  • Flash32_11_5_502_135.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.5 r502
  • Flash32_11_8_800_175.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 11.8 r800
  • Flash32_20_0_0_306.ocx
  • Flash32_21_0_0_136.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 d0
  • Flash32_21_0_0_146.ocx
  • Flash9f.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 9.0 r124
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_3_300_265.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_130.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_136.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_146.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_21_0_0_157.exe
  • NPSWF32_11_3_300_265.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.3 r300
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_136.dll - Shockwave Flash 21.0 d0
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_146.dll
  • NPSWF32_21_0_0_157.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_20_0_0_306.dll - Shockwave Flash 20.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_21_0_0_130.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_21_0_0_136.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_21_0_0_146.dll
  • manifest.json

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NPSWF32_11_3_300_265.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_3_300_265.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPSWF32_11_3_300_265.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Plugin'.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 3:39 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).
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.".
2 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.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_11_3_300_265_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.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_11_5_502_135_ActiveX.exe -update activex.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.12 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0101839481%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00551223%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00467172%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,796,671
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:5.49 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:668 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI 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 NPAPI, 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 NPAPI.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 8 58%
Win 7 (SP1) 2%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 58.18%
Windows 7 32.73%
Windows XP 7.27%
Windows Vista 1.82%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Pro 21.82%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.18%
Windows 10 Home 12.73%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.27%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 7.27%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.27%

Distribution by countryGeography

20.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 20.63%
  Egypt 11.11%
  India 9.52%
  BD 7.94%
  Canada 6.35%
  France 6.35%
  Germany 4.76%
  Italy 4.76%
  DZ 3.17%
  Philippines 3.17%
  AL 1.59%
  Argentina 1.59%
  Australia 1.59%
  Belgium 1.59%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.96%
Acer 19.57%
ASUS 10.87%
Intel 6.52%
Dell 4.35%
Sony 2.17%
Samsung 2.17%
Lenovo 2.17%
American Megatrends 2.17%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N4050 4.26%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 4.26%
Gigabyte G41M-ES2L 4.26%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.13%
Sony VPCF13Z1E 2.13%

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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