WARNING! Zero-Day Vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player; Here is How to Uninstall and Stay Safe

Adobe’s Flash Player browser plug-in has a big red target painted on it. For the second time within a week, Adobe Systems Inc. now has to fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player plugin, which was discovered after hackers broke into and posted online hundreds of GB of data from Hacking Team, a highly controversial Italian cyber security firm that has long been accused of aiding repressive political regimes spy on dissident public groups. Both Adobe as well as antivirus company Symantec have issued notices to uninstall Flash until the security vulnerabilities have been patched.

Since the vulnerability is affecting each and every type of browser and operating system, here’s how to get rid of Flash, whether you’re using a browser’s built-in plug-in or a system-wide plug-in on Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, or Linux.

How to Disable Flash in Chrome (on Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, and Linux)?

Chrome comes bundled with a Flash plug-in on all the Operating Systems that it supports. If you’d like to disable Flash plug-in in Chrome, you will have to do it from within Chrome’s settings. To disable it, type chrome://plugins/ into Google Chrome’s location bar and press Enter. Click the “Disable” link under the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

How to Disable Flash in Chrome on Every OS

How to Disable Flash in Internet Explorer (on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10)?

Mimicking Chrome, Microsoft started bundling a Flash plug-in along with Windows (starting with Windows 8). So if you are using Internet Explorer browsers on Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10 it will have Flash installed, by default. To disable the built-in Flash plug-in in Internet Explorer in these OS versions, open Internet Explorer, click the gear icon, and then select “Manage add-ons.” From the Show drop-down, select “All add-ons.” Find “Shockwave Flash Object” under “MIcrosoft Windows Third Party Application Component,” select it, and then click the Disable button.

How to Disable Flash in Internet Explorer on Win 8, 8.1 and 10

How to Disable Flash in Microsoft Edge (on Windows 10)?

Just as you had imagined, Microsoft Edge also comes bundled with a built-in Flash plug-in. To disable Flash in Microsoft Edge, click the menu button and then select Settings. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the Settings panel and click on “View advanced settings.” Drag the “Use Adobe Flash Player” slider to “Off.”

How to Disable Flash in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

How to Uninstall Flash in ALL Browsers on Windows?

Adobe provides 3 distinct Flash player plug-ins for Windows; an ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer, an NPAPI plug-in for Firefox, and a PPAPI plug-in for Opera and Chrome. To disable them, go to the Control Panel and view the list of installed programs. Uninstall all the plug-ins that begin with “Adobe Flash Player.”

How to Disable Flash in ALL Browsers on Windows

How to Uninstall Flash in ALL Browsers on Mac OS?

Adobe offers 2 separate Flash plug-ins for Mac OS X; an NPAPI plug-in for Safari and Firefox, and a PPAPI plug-in for Opera and Chrome. To uninstall Flash plug-ins on a Mac, go to Adobe’s website and download Flash plug-in uninstaller for Mac. Once downloaded, run the uninstaller to remove Flash from your Mac.

How to Uninstall Flash in ALL Browsers on Mac OS

How to Uninstall Flash on Linux OS?

Depending on the flavor of Linux you’re using (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian), you can uninstall Flash on Linux OS by running the following commands in a terminal.

For the NPAPI, or Firefox, version of the Flash plug-in:

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer

For the PPAPI, or Chromium, version of the Flash plug-in:

sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --uninstall

Irrespective of why you are uninstalling or disabling Flash, one thing is sure; it will certainly help you save a ton of CPU resources, battery power, and internet bandwidth while browsing the internet.

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