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How to Remove the Macromedia Flash Player

by Jennifer Claerr
  • Overview

    Adobe Flash Player, previously known as Macromedia Flash Player, uses a plug-in and ActiveX control to function in Internet Explorer and other browsers. Flash Player also runs in several different instant message programs. If you're having problems with Flash Player, the best solution is to uninstall the program completely from your computer. Once the program has been completely removed from your system, you can reinstall it and see if that resolves the error. However, in order to remove Flash Player you must download the uninstaller file from Adobe's website. The uninstaller files are available for both Windows and Mac OS.
 
  • Step 1

    Navigate to Adobe's website. Download the Flash Player uninstaller file that matches your operating system.
  • Step 2

    Save the file in a folder that you can easily find later. For best results, create a "Downloads" folder on your hard drive for all of your downloaded files. Save the uninstaller file there.
  • Step 3

    Save your work and close all open programs. This especially means all open browser windows and instant message programs in which Flash Player might run. If you're running Windows, look for any other application that might be using Flash Player.
  • Step 4

    Navigate to the folder where you saved the Flash Player uninstaller. Double-click the file and complete the uninstallation. Reboot your computer if you are prompted to do so.
  • Step 5

    Run the Flash Player uninstaller program again immediately after your computer reboots. This will remove any Flash components that may have been running when you ran the uninstaller previously.
  • Step 6

    Reinstall Flash Player if you uninstalled it to solve an error. Navigate to the Adobe website and click the "Get Adobe Flash Player" button. Ensure that the file being offered is designed for your operating system and browser. Click "Agree and Install Now."
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  • Uninstalling and reinstalling Flash Player will not resolve all errors with the program. If you still experience problems with Flash Player after following these instructions, you may need to change your Internet settings. In Internet Explorer, click "Tools" and "Internet Options." Select the "Security" tab. Click "Custom Level." Under "Scripting," click "Enable" beside "Active Scripting." If the online re-installation repeatedly fails, you will have to download the standalone Flash Player file. If you choose not to reinstall Flash Player, disable the ActiveX control in Internet Explorer. Click "Tools" and "Internet Options" and select the "Programs" tab. Click "Manage Add Ons" and scroll down until you see "Shockwave Flash Object." Under settings, click "Disable." This will prevent Internet Explorer from prompting you each time you download a page with Flash content.
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling Flash Player will not resolve all errors with the program. If you still experience problems with Flash Player after following these instructions, you may need to change your Internet settings. In Internet Explorer, click "Tools" and "Internet Options." Select the "Security" tab. Click "Custom Level." Under "Scripting," click "Enable" beside "Active Scripting."
  • If the online re-installation repeatedly fails, you will have to download the standalone Flash Player file.
  • If you choose not to reinstall Flash Player, disable the ActiveX control in Internet Explorer. Click "Tools" and "Internet Options" and select the "Programs" tab. Click "Manage Add Ons" and scroll down until you see "Shockwave Flash Object." Under settings, click "Disable." This will prevent Internet Explorer from prompting you each time you download a page with Flash content.

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