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VersionDistribution 48.39% 25.81% 25.81%

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Adobe Flash Player 23 NPAPI


Adobe Flash Player 23 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_23_0_0_134_plugin.exe. The setup package generally installs about 51 files and is usually about 64.6 MB (67,741,683 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 25% of users of Adobe Flash Player 23 NPAPI come from the United States, it is also popular in Egypt and Philippines.

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_23_0_0_134_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 64.6 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player 23 NPAPI

Program executable:flashutil32_23_0_0_134_plugin.exe
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 21.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_144_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 22.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 22.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_210_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_111_pepper.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 23.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_111_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_pepper.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_134_ActiveX.exe
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_134_pepper.exe
  • FlashPlayerFeedbackService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Feedback Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Feedback Service 23.0 d0)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 23.0 d0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 22.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 21.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_pepper.dll
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_210_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_111_pepper.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 23.0 d0
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_111_Plugin.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_pepper.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_126_Plugin.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_134_ActiveX.dll
  • FlashUtil32_23_0_0_134_pepper.dll
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 22.0 r0)
  • Flash32_21_0_0_197.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 21.0 r0
  • Flash32_22_0_0_210.ocx
  • Flash32_23_0_0_111.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 23.0 d0
  • Flash32_23_0_0_126.ocx
  • Flash32_23_0_0_134.ocx
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_23_0_0_111.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_23_0_0_126.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_23_0_0_134.exe
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_165.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.7 r700
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_170.dll
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_111.dll - Shockwave Flash 23.0 d0
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_126.dll
  • NPSWF32_23_0_0_134.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_22_0_0_144.dll - Shockwave Flash 22.0 d0
  • pepflashplayer32_22_0_0_209.dll - Shockwave Flash 22.0 r0
  • pepflashplayer32_23_0_0_111.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_23_0_0_126.dll
  • pepflashplayer32_23_0_0_134.dll
  • manifest.json

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_170.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_7_700_170.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_165.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_7_700_165.dll'.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 11:31).
  • FlashUtil32_22_0_0_209_pepper.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier' (runs daily at 01:16).
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.".
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_21_0_0_197_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_21_0_0_197_Plugin.exe -update plugin.

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player 23 NPAPI?

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Or, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player 23 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 23 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 23 NPAPI.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player 23 NPAPI you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 8 48%
Win Vista 3%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 48.39%
Windows 7 48.39%
Windows Vista 3.23%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.81%
Windows 10 Home 16.13%
Windows 7 Professional 12.90%
Windows 10 Pro 9.68%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 6.45%
Windows 10 Education 3.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.00%
  Egypt 8.33%
  Philippines 8.33%
  Vietnam 8.33%
  Argentina 5.56%
  Italy 5.56%
  Australia 2.78%
  BD 2.78%
  Brazil 2.78%
  Canada 2.78%
  CM 2.78%
  DZ 2.78%
  Ecuador 2.78%
  France 2.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.59%
Lenovo 17.24%
ASUS 13.79%
Acer 13.79%
Dell 10.34%
Toshiba 3.45%
Sony 3.45%
MSI 3.45%
Common models
Dell Latitude E5450 7.14%
LENOVO HuronRiver Platfor... 7.14%
VIT VIT P2400 3.57%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 3.57%
Sony VPCEH3AEA 3.57%
LENOVO F0B50052US 3.57%

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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