Adobe Flash Player plug-in has a big target painted on it, It’s time to kill Adobe Flash Player once and for all. While Adobe Flash Player has been a popular asset to the web, the software has become the vector of many security vulnerabilities.
Flash is going away, and everyone should uninstall it at some point in the future. Here’s how to get rid of Flash, whether you’re using a browser’s built-in plug-in or a system-wide plug-in on Windows and Chrome OS.
Can You Live Without Flash?
Flash is much less necessary than it’s ever been. Modern mobile platforms like Android and Apple’s iOS don’t offer Flash support at all, and that’s slowly pushing Flash out of the web.
You may find you don’t need Flash at all after you uninstall it. Even if you do need Flash right now, there’s a good chance you won’t need it at all in a few years.
If necessary, you can reinstall Flash later. If you need Flash for something, you may want to only install Flash for a specific browser and leave it disabled in your main browser. At the very least, you should enable click-to-run for Flash content so it doesn’t automatically run on web pages you visit.
All Browsers on Windows
Adobe offers three separate Flash player plug-ins for Windows. There’s an ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer, an NPAPI plug-in for Firefox, and a PPAPI plug-in for Opera and Chromium. Depending on the browsers you use and the Flash plug-ins you’ve installed, you may have one ore more of these on your system.
Visit the Control Panel and view your list of installed programs. You’ll see any Flash plug-ins you have installed. Uninstall all the plug-ins beginning with “Adobe Flash Player.”
Chrome on Windows for Adobe Flash Player
Chrome includes a bundled Flash plug-in on all the platforms it supports. If you’d like to disable this plug-in, you have to do it from within Chrome’s settings. Note that Chrome will also use any PPAPI Flash plug-ins you’ve installed system-wide.
To disable it, plug chrome://plugins/ into Google Chrome’s location bar and press Enter. Click the “Disable” link under the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.
Internet Explorer on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10
Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft now bundles a Flash plug-in along with Windows. This is used by both different Internet Explorer browsers on Windows 8 and 8.1, as well as the Internet Explorer browser on Windows 10.
To disable the built-in Flash plug-in for Internet Explorer on modern versions of Windows, open Internet Explorer, click the gear menu, and select “Manage add-ons.” Click the Show box and select “All add-ons.” Locate “Shockwave Flash Object” under “MIcrosoft Windows Third Party Application Component,” select it, and click the Disable button.
Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Microsoft Edge includes a built-in Flash plug-in, too — in fact, this is the only browser plug-in Edge can even run. To disable it, click the menu button in Edge and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings panel and click “View advanced settings.” Set the “Use Adobe Flash Player” slider to “Off.”
All Browsers on Mac OS X
Adobe provides two different Flash plug-ins for Mac OS X, too. There’s an NPAPI plug-in for Safari and Firefox, as well as a PPAPI plug-in for Opera and Chromium.
To uninstall these Flash plug-ins on a Mac, visit Adobe’s website and download the Flash plug-in uninstaller. Run the uninstaller to remove Flash from your Mac. If you’re not sure whether you have Flash installed on your Mac and you don’t want it, just download the uninstaller and try to uninstall it.
All Browsers on Linux
How you go about uninstalling Flash on Linux depends on how you installed it in the first place.
For example, if you’re using Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian and you installed it from the software repositories, you can uninstall it by running the following commands in a terminal.
One thing to keep in mind is that the above action will disable all the plugins. That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully disabled flash in the Safari browser.
That’s all for now and hopefully that helps. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about Flash and its regular vulnerabilities.