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Should I remove Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,902
United States Rank #10,071
Reach 0.0625%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.48 days
309.29 days >
Average installed length: 162.51 days


VersionDistribution 0.24% 0.08% 1.46% 97.89% 0.16% 0.16%

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Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin

What is Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin?

Flash Player is software for viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio, content created on the Flash platform. Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and various other major web browsers.


The most common release 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. 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 Flash8.ocx. The setup package generally installs about 316 files and is usually about 35.96 MB (37,708,694 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.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.macromedia.com
Help link: www.macromedia.com/go/flashplayer_support
Installation folder: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{91057632-CA70-413C-B628-2D3CDBBB906B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 35.96 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin

Program executable:Flash8.ocx
Name:Shockwave Flash
Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r22
Additional files:
  • GetFlash.exe - Shockwave Flash Updater (Macromedia Flash Player Updater 7.0 r14)
  • Flash.ocx - Shockwave Flash (Macromedia Flash Player 7.0 r14)
  • Flash8.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r22
  • Flash8b.ocx - Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 r24
  • NPSWF32.dll - Shockwave Flash 8.0 r22
  • SWFlash.ocx - Flash 5.0 (Flash Player 5.0 r42)
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_ActiveX.exe (by Adobe Systems) - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller (Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.7 r700)
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_Plugin.exe (by Adobe Systems)
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_224_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_117_Plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.9 r900
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_Plugin.exe
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Installer/Uninstaller 11.2 r202
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service (Adobe® Flash® Player Update Service 12.0 r0)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Utility
  • uninstall_activeX.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX (Adobe® Flash® Player ActiveX Installer)
  • uninstall_plugin.exe - Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin (Adobe® Flash® Player Plugin Installer)
  • FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll - Flash Player Helper (Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.3 r372)
  • FlashUtil10d.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r42
  • FlashUtil32_11_7_700_202_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 11.7 r700
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.dll - Adobe Flash Player Helper 12.0 r0
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.dll
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe - Adobe Flash Player Helper 10.0 r32
  • Flash10d.ocx - Adobe Flash Player 10.0 r42
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_7_700_224.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.7 r700
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe - Adobe Flash Player 11.9 r900
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_170.exe
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_12_0_0_44.exe - Adobe Flash Player 12.0 r0
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_224.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.7 r700
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll - Shockwave Flash 11.9 r900

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Google Chrome Plugins
  • NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_9_900_117.dll'.
  • NPSWF32_11_7_700_224.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_7_700_224.dll'.
  • NPSWF32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32.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.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Adobe?Flash?Player 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 22:26).
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 'AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc' (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) "Mit diesem Dienst ist Ihre Flash Player-Installation immer aktuell und verwendet die neuesten Verbesserungen und Sicherheits-Fixes.".
9 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_77_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_12_0_0_77_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_12_0_0_70_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_12_0_0_70_ActiveX.exe -update activex.
  • FlashUtil32_11_9_900_170_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_170_Plugin.exe -update plugin.
  • NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe -p.
  • 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.
  • FlashUtil10d.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'FlashPlayerUpdate' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10d.exe.
  • Plus 3 more
Network connections
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_7_700_224.exe connects to a60-254-131-61.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_7_700_224.exe connects to server5.diwip.com ( port 443).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_7_700_224.exe connects to (port 1935).
  • FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe connects to a65-32-34-57.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_117.exe connects to edge21-a.stream.highwebmedia.com ( port 1935).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.39 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0191652312%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00800424%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01116099%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:247,268
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:5.45 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:5 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.7 MB
Kernel CPU:0.02330219%
Memory:40.03 MB
Total CPU:0.0490669009%
Kernel CPU:0.02119295%
User CPU:0.02787395%
CPU cycles/sec:15,274,339
I/O reads/min:310.47 KB
I/O writes/min:67.63 KB

How do I remove Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin?

You can uninstall Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Macromedia Flash Player 8 Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 44%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.36%
Windows 10 27.44%
Windows XP 11.12%
Windows Vista 3.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.76%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.94%
Windows 7 Professional 10.04%
Windows 10 Home 4.90%
Windows 10 Pro 4.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.12%
  India 11.67%
  Indonesia 4.39%
  TN 3.48%
  United Kingdom 3.41%
  Mexico 2.80%
  Italy 2.50%
  France 2.35%
  Brazil 2.27%
  Spain 2.27%
  Australia 1.82%
  MA 1.67%
  Canada 1.67%
  Singapore 1.59%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.53%
Dell 21.94%
Acer 16.62%
ASUS 10.64%
Samsung 4.79%
Lenovo 4.52%
Toshiba 4.39%
Intel 4.12%
American Megatrends 1.33%
MSI 0.66%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.74%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.72%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.38%
INTEL DG31PR 3.04%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.70%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.36%

About Macromedia

Macromedia was a graphics and web development software company that produced such products as Flash and Dreamweaver and was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.
Publisher URL: www.adobe.com


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