Last updated: October 18, 2017
Flash Player, also known as Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave Flash, is a free software developed by Adobe Systems. It is used as a web browser plug-in to view content created on the Adobe Flash platform. Such content includes streaming audio and video.
Adobe issues regular patches for Flash Player. Some patches are critical in nature. They involve fixing vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of your system. In extreme cases, Adobe issues security fixes for vulnerabilities that are already exploited in the wild.
For the safety and security of your computer system, and also for the stability of Flash web content you encounter, learn your Adobe Flash Player update and removal options. Here’s how to check which Flash Player version you have installed, how to update Flash Player if needed, and also how to properly remove it from your system.
Which Flash Player version do you have installed?
Adobe offers a utility that can be used to check if you have Flash Player installed on your computer. Also check to see if your existing Flash Player installation is the latest version available. When you visit Adobe’s utility, just click the Check Now button. See our article about how to see which Flash Player version you have installed on your computer.
How to update Flash Player on your system
If you learned that your Flash Player version is out of date, it is advisable to update it right away. Our article about how to update Flash Player provides a step by step guide about how to update Flash on your system.
How to remove Flash Player from Windows
There are several reasons to uninstall Flash Player from your Windows computer. It may be that you had an unsuccessful or corrupt installation of Flash Player that is not working as expected. Or perhaps you just want to remove a known installation of Flash Player from your system that may be a security concern, or is just no longer required. The process involves downloading an uninstaller program from Adobe, closing any applications that may be in use on your computer that use Flash Player (such as web browsers, for example), and restarting your computer. Check out our complete guide for uninstalling Flash Player from your Windows computer.
How to remove Flash Player from Mac
The same reasons you may want to uninstall Flash Player from your Windows computer exist for Macs too. And it pretty much requires the same process to remove Flash Player from a Mac. Our piece on how to uninstall Flash Player from Mac pertains only to Mac OS X 10.6 and later. Therefore, this information is for Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan users only.
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