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VersionDistribution 16.67% 16.67% 16.67% 16.67%
11.9.900.117 16.67%
11.6.602.180 16.67%

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Adobe Flash Player

What is Adobe Flash Player?  (from Adobe Systems)

The Adobe® Flash® Player runtime lets you effortlessly reach over 1.3 billion people across browsers and OS versions with no install — 11 times more people than the best-selling hardware game console.


Adobe Flash Player is a program developed by Adobe Systems. The most used version is, 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 main program executable is flashutil32_11_6_602_180_plugin.exe. The software installer includes 24 files and is usually about 18.14 MB (19,020,900 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 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 50% of users of Adobe Flash Player come from the United States, it is also popular in France and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: get.adobe.com/flashplayer
Help link: www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash
Uninstaller: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_Plugin.exe -maintain plugin
Estimated size: 18.14 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Adobe Flash Player

Program executable:flashutil32_11_6_602_180_plugin.exe
Name:Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller
Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.6 r602
Additional files:
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900)
  • FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 16.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 17.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 17.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 20.0 r0)
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash Player 20.0 r0)
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.6 r602
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_8_800_168.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.8 r800
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.9 r900
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_16_0_0_235.exe - Adobe Flash Player 16.0 r0
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_17_0_0_169.exe - Adobe Flash Player 17.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.6 r602
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.8 r800
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.9 r900
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_235.dll - Shockwave Flash 16.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll - Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_17_0_0_169.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_16_0_0_235.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_16_0_0_235.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_6_602_180.dll'.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'AdobeR FlashR Player 11.9.900.117 Plugin' with a plugin key of '@adobe.com/FlashPlayer' for all users of the PC.
  • NPSWF32_11_8_800_168.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.
Scheduled Task
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Adobe Flash Player Updater' (runs daily at 12:21 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Adobe Flash Player Updater.
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe runs as a service named 'Adobe Update Service' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "This service keeps your Adobe installation up to date with the latest enhancements and security fixes.".
4 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_17_0_0_169_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_17_0_0_169_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_16_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\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_16_0_0_235_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_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_11_9_900_117_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • FlashUtil32_11_6_602_180_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_11_6_602_180_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to a184-51-159-62.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to a184-51-159-62.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 1935).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_6_602_180.exe connects to (port 1936).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe connects to edge21-a.stream.highwebmedia.com ( port 1935).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Kernel CPU:0.06203367%
0.016088% average
Memory:86.08 MB
Total CPU:0.0274019570%
Kernel CPU:0.01586043%
User CPU:0.01154153%
CPU cycles/sec:134,484,191
I/O reads/min:1.54 MB
I/O writes/min:470.67 KB
Memory:37.37 MB
Total CPU:0.0206468334%
Kernel CPU:0.01386385%
User CPU:0.00678298%
CPU cycles/sec:2,061,206
I/O reads/min:44.75 KB
I/O writes/min:14.09 KB

How do I remove Adobe Flash Player?

Quickly and completely remove Adobe Flash Player 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 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, 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Adobe Flash Player you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 8 67%
Win 7 (SP1) 33%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 66.67%
Windows 7 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 33.33%
Windows 10 Home 16.67%
Windows 7 Enterprise 16.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.67%
Windows 8.1 Pro 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  France 12.50%
  India 12.50%
  JO 12.50%
  United Kingdom 12.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.33%
ASUS 33.33%
American Megatrends 16.67%
Lenovo 16.67%
Common models
LENOVO IdeaPad U310 25.00%
ASUSTeK G750JW 25.00%
Dell OptiPlex 790 25.00%
Dell XPS 13 9343 25.00%

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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