It’s Time to Remove Flash Now

The Adobe Flash plugin as long been the standard for internet video and interactive games.  Many sites have used it to distribute video while maintaining some semblance of protection for content.  Flash has enabled websites developers to produce beautiful and interactive websites, but that great power is also the problem.  Flash can also be used to serve up malware due to its many exploits.  Despite Adobe’s constant patching –  sometimes weekly – the number of vulnerabilities keeps climbing.  HTML5 is the new web standard being used to incorporate video content delivery instead of Flash.  Since it is an industry standard instead of a proprietary system, security is placed on the browser and not on plugins.

Flash Vulnerabilities

CVE Details sums up the Flash Player Vulnerabilities:

flash vulnerabilities by year








flash vulnerabilities by type

2015 was a big year for vulnerabilities in Flash.  We’re less than three months into 2016 and this year looks like it could be another big year too.  If you look at the second graph the tallest line is the Execute Code type.  That means that the vulnerability allowed remote code to be run on the victim’s computer.  Not all of those were actually actively exploited, but the fact that there have been so many ways to exploit Flash is frightening.

It’s Time to Remove Flash

The consensus among most IT professionals now is that if you haven’t already, it’s time to remove Flash player from your computer.  There are several different versions of the Flash player and they all should be removed or disabled.  Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers have Flash built into them and so it can’t be removed, but it can be disabled or used selectively.  Check out the screenshot tutorial videos below to learn how to uninstall Flash on your computers:

In Windows:

Go to the control panel and then uninstall programs.  In the list look for Adobe Flash and uninstall it.  That will remove it from all but Chrome and Edge if you are using Windows 10.  Also look for

Disable in Edge:


Disable in Chrome


I missed one step in the video.  When you first enter the settings screen you have to hit the “show advanced settings” at the bottom.

Chrome Let me choose optionI personally leave Flash enabled in Chrome but use the “Let me choose when to run plugin content” that allows me to use when needed.  By using the Chrome version of Flash I keep Flash as current as possible because it’s automatically updated with Chrome.




On a Mac:

time to remove flashAdobe has a uninstaller that will remove Flash.

On Linux:

If you are using Linux, then I will assume that you know how to remove Flash already.  Different distros will handle this differently.

Have questions?

Contact me if you have questions or need assistance: Kent Warden, 913-593-8074.

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