Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Check If Adobe Flash is Installed, Then Get Rid of It

Flash, it's been a good run. We've had a lot of fun together, but it's time to get some distance... permanently. That doesn't erase my fond memories of playing together back in the day, but we both have to wake up and face the truth. You're outdated and insecure and untrustworthy. It's not me, it's you.
Fake breakup aside, if you've been following the recent issues with Flash that just don't seem to stop you might be thinking you want to be done with it altogether. That's where we come in. It's simple to wipe every trace of Flash from your computer, but first you have to know what you're dealing with. I wasn't sure if I still had it installed so I checked, and there it was.
The next step is to remove Flash from your Windows or Mac system, and from any browsers you use. And don't worry, if you feel some separation anxiety — or there's something you really need Flash to use — we've also included instructions for downloading Flash back onto your system at the bottom of this quick guide.

Disabling Flash on Windows

Download and install the Windows Flash uninstaller from Adobe here. Close down all browsers and any other programs that use Flash. Open up the uninstaller program and just click “Uninstall” and it should do all the work for you.
To check if the uninstall was successful, click on the Start menu and click Run (keyboard shortcut: Win+R). Then paste C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash into the query box. If the installation was successful, there will be no folders found. If there are still folders lurking about, you can delete them manually.

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