With the widespread adoption of HTML5 replacing Flash Player on the modern web, Adobe is ready to say goodbye to the platform that once underpinned almost all animation and video on the web. Adobe Flash Player end-of-life Postponed to January 12, all leading browsers have already deprecated or completely removed Flash. However, you may still have an old version installed on your computer, making it a potential security vulnerability. Today, we will tell you how to completely remove Adobe Flash from your computer.
Uninstall Adobe Flash from Your Computer
Modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge Chromium ship without Flash or are turned off by default to protect users from potential security vulnerabilities. This means you will no longer have to worry about disabling the Flash plugin one by one from your browsers. Instead, today we’re going to show you how to get rid of Flash from your Windows 10 computer for all browsers and apps. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at how you can remove Adobe Flash from your computer.
- First, check if Flash Player is installed on your PC. To do this, open Control Panel and change the view to ‘Small Icons’ from the top right drop-down menu.
- If you see Flash Player installed, click ‘Programs and Features’ to start the uninstall process.
- Next, go to Adobe Flash Player and click on it. You will immediately see an ‘Remove’ option appear above the list. Click that button.
- You will be greeted with Flash Player’s built-in uninstaller dialog. Click/tap on ‘Uninstall’ to get rid of the flash on your PC. After the program is uninstalled, you will get the message ‘Installation successfully removed’.
Note: Depending on the browsers you use, you may have more than one version installed on your machine. Don’t forget to uninstall all listed versions.
Delete All Remaining Flash Player Files and Folders
While the above steps will supposedly get rid of Adobe Flash from your PC, the built-in uninstaller leaves behind many files and folders that take up space on your hard drive. You can follow the next few steps to completely remove all traces of Flash from your life.
- Set course to “C:\Windows\system32\To do this, copy and paste the address (without the quotes) into the Windows search bar next to the Start button and select the folder as seen below.
- Now scroll down to a folder named ‘macro-‘. Usually some leftover Flash files etc. will hold. Right click on it, hit ‘Delete’ and confirm if necessary.
- Next, “C:\Windows\SysWOW64\” and delete another Macromed folder there.
This much. Just reboot your computer and you’ll be out of the security hell that has been driving cybersecurity experts crazy for almost three decades.
Completely Uninstall Adobe Flash Player From Your Computer Without Trace
After following each step described above, no trace of Flash should be left on your system. It might be the odd residual registry key, but it shouldn’t adversely affect your computer in any way. So, follow the tutorial above to completely uninstall Adobe Flash Player as it is set to end of life on January 12.