Windows 10: How to permenantly remove Adobe Flash Player ?

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  1. Posts : 5,076
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       04 Feb 2018 #11

    Plankton said: View Post
    LOL...that's funny on the control panel........open up control panel, then in the upper right corner just above "User Accounts" you'll see view by: Category. Click on category and select either large or small icons. It's change a bit from windows 7 till now.
    I knew how to use View by options.
    I am saying I do not have what you showed on your screenshot.

    Here is my CP using View by > small

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  2.    04 Feb 2018 #12

    Looks the same to me except he has some apps pinned to a taskbar above the explorer address bar (maybe has QTTabBar installed?). Just checked mine and it looks exactly like yours after I changed from Large to Small icons.
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       04 Feb 2018 #13

    I misunderstood what I saw on post #7.
    Sometimes old age can be tricky.

    Anyway, The Updates tab on Adobe Flash Player from my CP is geyed out. Probably because I have it uninstalled ( see post #8. )

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  4. Posts : 526
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       04 Feb 2018 #14

    Looks like the uninstall didn't work? Run the official uninstaller:

    Direct download link:

    https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/ge...ash_player.exe

    Close browsers and any other programs that use flash then right click the uninstaller and run as administrator.

    Reboot when finished.

    Then check for and delete any folders or files found in these locations:

    C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash
    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash
    %appdata%\Adobe\Flash Player
    %appdata%\Macromedia\Flash Player


    Copy and paste each line into the run dialog box [WINKEY+R]

    Or navigate to

    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed

    Delete the folder named Flash

    %appdata%\Adobe\

    Delete the folder named Flash Player

    %appdata%\Macromedia\

    Delete the folder named Flash Player
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  5. Posts : 526
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       04 Feb 2018 #15

    Just for the hell of it I'm going to uninstall it myself and see what happens.
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       04 Feb 2018 #16

    OK. Thank you to all.
    I'll wait to see if the Adobe Flash Player will reappear before I go any further.
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  7. Posts : 526
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       04 Feb 2018 #17

    Well if you uninstalled via Control Panel add/ reove programs it probably didn't work.

    I've just run the dedicated removal tool from Adobe (run as administrator) and it didn't fully uninstall flash player. See the following:

    These registry changes straight away after runnng dedicated uninstaller.

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    These leftovers after a reboot.


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    Ran this script. Note there is no SysWOW64 directory on my 32bit machine but I left the entries for anyone running 64bit.


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    Another reboot is required to force delete leftovers.


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    After the reboot it's gone including the updater and update service.


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    So the moral of the story is that it's not guranteed to be removed unless you check for leftovers.
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       04 Feb 2018 #18

    davidhk said: View Post
    I knew how to use View by options.
    I am saying I do not have what you showed on your screenshot.

    Here is my CP using View by > small

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    If you mean the Contol Panel Applets are not the same - you get the standard windows ones then others that might depend upon hardware configuration and additional third party software that might install a Control Panel Applet.
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