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You Should Disable Adobe Flash Player Now: Here's How

How to disable Adobe Flash Player

Google Chrome

1. Type "chrome://plugins" into a new browser tab and hit Enter or Return.

2. Click the Disable link under Adobe Flash Player.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click the gear icon at the top right of the browser window.

2. Scroll down to and click Manage add-ons.

3. Select Shockwave Flash Object.

4. Click Disable.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Click the stacks icon at the top right of the browser window. (Or type "about:addons" into a new browser tab.)

2. Scroll down to and click Add-ons.

3. Scroll down to Shockwave Flash and change the setting to Never Activate.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari in the menu bar.

2. Scroll down to Preferences and click.

3. Click the Security tab in the pop-up window.

4. Click the second Website Settings button, next to Allow Plug-ins.

5. Select Adobe Flash Player.

Our Safari installation didn't have the Flash plug-in, which is probaby a good thing.

Our Safari installation didn't have the Flash plug-in, which is probaby a good thing.

6. Select Block.

7. Click Done.

Opera

1. Type "opera:plugins" into a new browser tab and hit Enter or Return.

2. Scroll down to Shockwave Flash and click Disable.

Paul Wagenseil is a senior editor at Tom's Guide focused on security and gaming. Follow him at @snd_wagenseilFollow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

  • HEXiT
    what are these vulnerability and how do they affect us?. most of the content i consume is flash based so some insight would be useful rather than just saying flash bad. kill flash. aslo what do they replace it with? silverlight?, hahaha NO!.
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  • Paul Wagenseil
    what are these vulnerability and how do they affect us?. most of the content i consume is flash based so some insight would be useful rather than just saying flash bad. kill fash. aslo what do they replace it with? silverlight?, hahaha NO!.

    The vulnerabilities allow attackers to remotely control your computer through malware that infects your browser when it lands on a compromised website or runs a compromised Flash-based ad.

    Much of the content that's currently Flash-based also has alternate versions based on HTML5, which is more advanced and much less risky.
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  • HEXiT
    thank you...
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  • hydrodane
    WINDOWS 10 tech preview: for those who are using the "new" operating system, BEWARE!!

    it is not possible with the new WIN10 to disable and it is not possible to uninstall adobe flash player (18X) from the oeprating

    system.

    MS has made it obvious they want adoble flash to support edge/spartan...but it is also clear that HTML5 works just find with IE11

    and prior versions.

    what this shows me, is that MICROSOFT is hoping you don't notice as they experiment with your security..

    if you think WIN10 is secure, think again..

    here is my prediction for 2015/16: massive market shift to apple and google products as windows heaves it last sighs of heavy

    handed heavy gutted nonsense on the market.

    and about time, this creature called microsoft was a joke ten years ago...it is not shocking they want to ship adobe flash ..and

    make it impossible to remove it.

    think about it..

    the most widely distributed operating system vendor in the world, insisting that adobe flash is important.

    think clearly about what they are really doing here...

    and move away...very fast..very far.

    it will die..I give it six months.
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  • deemon
    My method works best! Simply uninstall Flash and never re-install.
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  • webworkings
    Alas, so much uses Adobe Flash Player that removing it completely also limits a lot of things you can access online. Many things use it.
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