Adobe Flash Player Update
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Posted 2012-04-06 23:46:45
2 days ago I received an update notification from flash player which I installed as usual.
A few minutes after I had installed my browser and actually my complete computer would freeze and I had to manually restart it with the reset button.
Again a few minutes later I got the same problem,and even a third time.At that point I decided to do a system restore,but mysteriously there were no restore points available,so I choose to remove adobe flashplayer through the program and features function.After the removal my system worked flawless untill tonight,when I could not view posted youtubes,so I went to the adobe site and reinstalled flashplayer.
A few minutes ago I got the bluescreen,which has never happened as long as I remember, and the system did a restart.
Posted 2012-04-07 00:42:01
A couple of things. One, is your video driver up to date? Another, sometimes you need to uninstall Flash with their uninstaller to clean the registry up correctly, then re-install the new version. Uninstall Flash. Another resort is to go back to a version that did work. Archived Flash.
Posted 2012-04-07 08:01:21
I've been reading a lot about fake flash player updates. I'm now only doing it from the official Adobe website...ignoring any other notices. Seems it's a real problem now....
Posted 2012-04-07 09:39:48
They are driving me crazy as well, I keep ignoring them and look for the official one. I'll uninstall and keep my fingers crossed.
Posted 2012-04-07 14:37:02
Are you using ESET NOD32 AnitVirus?
There is a know issues with this latest Flash Player update and older NOD (older than 4.2.5xx I think). Download the latest NOD and the problem goes away :-)
Posted 2012-04-07 20:55:03
Thanks for the tip,as i indeed use Nod 188.8.131.52.I will look into it.
I followed Tywais advice and uninstalled using the adobe uninstaller and then reinstalled it right from the adobe website,but had to remove it again for the very same reasons stated in the OP.
Posted 2012-04-07 22:15:05
I deleted flash about 3 months ago, but thought i needed to watch some tutorials on the adobe website, because none of the videos would show.
So i downloaded it 3 days ago, and my computer is freezing up again. It happened three times today, so im about to delete it again.
Which brings me to another point, apart from 'cookies' there are also 'flash cookies' and the only way to delete them and disable it is by going to the macromedia website.
These cookies are much more powerful than regular cookies and are able to initiate scripts, i encourage everyone thats reading this to go to the macromedia website and check it out for themselves. You can only control the flash cookies at the macromedia website.
I bet 99% of the people on here did not even know flash cookies exist.
Posted 2012-04-07 23:13:36
Local Shared Object (LSO)
Flash cookies or Flash in general allows websites to control your microphone and camera to effectively see and hear what you are doing also
If some of you dont believe. google 'flash cookie' and go to the macromedia link and find the setting on the control panel.
Flash also allows people to use your bandwidth, or in other words upload files from your computer.
My built in laptop camera has been taped up since purchase, and good thing there is no built in microphone
Why Flash would even allow these actions is beyond me, and to me seems extremely sinister.
also - Google Chrome has flash built in, even if you delete Flash and are using Chrome, Flash will still be on your computer. But i take a chance and use it because I dont like the way Firefox renders webpages and IE always hangs on me.
Edited by KRS1, 2012-04-07 23:26:48.
Posted 2012-04-07 23:16:02
Sorry for my ignorance, but does Windows have an central update place where upgraded softwares are tested and then offered to the end users?
Posted 2012-04-08 10:48:34
As far as flash updates are concerned I always uninstall flash first and then install the latest version as per Thaiways post #2. Stops any possible update problems.
As per LSO s (flash cookies) if you are using Firefox the "Better Privacy" add-on, (Google it ,sorry cant post link) will automatically remove all flash cookies at the end of a session or allow you to keep any you wish to retain from trusted sites. Do not know if similar extensions are available for other browsers.
Posted 2012-04-08 10:55:08
Thanks for that information, very useful. Here's the link: BetterPrivacy
Posted 2012-04-08 11:24:27
Thanks KRS1, ThaidDown, and Tywais for the very useful information.
Posted 2012-04-08 11:49:13
Deleting the flash cookies is not enough.
You have to go to the control panel at the Macromedia website and deny permissions and set memory usage to '0'...as well as disabling P2P uplink, Its the last one on the right.
It probably seems weird too many, but the link (webpage) below changes settings on your computer. And there is nothing local about it, its a remote location.
here is the link to change your settings.
Posted 2012-04-08 12:08:31
Highly recommend Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) (it's free) as they seem to have the first word on any updates and provide direct links to any that your computer is not set to automatically download. Windows itself has an update control panel for there OS and various programs and many of us (since Win7) let it automatically update most things.
Posted 2012-04-08 12:09:43
This kind of bothers me. If these settings are controlled remotely without a local control, what stops others from gaining control remotely?
Posted 2012-04-08 12:26:53
They are driving me crazy as well
Edited by Ernest63, 2012-04-08 12:27:03.
Posted 2012-04-08 23:10:20
I found this :
control panel > system & security > action center > view performance information > advanced tools = performance issues: "programs are interfering with windows entering sleep mode" > view details :
Name : Updates notifier application
Filename : AAM updates notifier.exe
Publisher : Adobe systems incorporated
It starts up in the background and i cant find where it is to disable it upon start up - i cant find the exe anywhere at all.
Any of you super users know where it is? So i can kill it ?
Adobe is proving to be quite the evil organization.
Posted 2012-04-08 23:57:02
Go here > C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA and move "AAM Updates Notifier.exe" to a safe place in case you need it again later.
Posted 2012-04-09 00:41:20
Thanks Tywais, i'll move it now and see what happens tomorrow morning when i boot up.Go here > C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA and move "AAM Updates Notifier.exe" to a safe place in case you need it again later.
Edited by KRS1, 2012-04-09 00:45:16.
Posted 2012-04-09 03:42:23
There are 4 possible ways to disable it.
Edited by BB1950, 2012-04-09 04:04:58.
Posted 2012-04-09 04:20:05
Note: It is not recommended to disable updates to Adobe Flash Player unless you periodically update it manually, as malware attacks are often targeted against vulnerabilities in the Flash Player.