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Old 18. Nov 2014, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

Please see the attachment extract from 'Programs and Features' in my computer. To use the Adobe Flash player do I need all these 3 items or can I delete some?

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Old 18. Nov 2014, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Please see the attachment extract from 'Programs and Features' in my computer.
Do you mean attachment here in your post? Cannot see one.

If you mean something else, it's not clear what you are saying.
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Old 18. Nov 2014, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry, scatter brained female Just uploaded image!
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Old 18. Nov 2014, 08:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No problem, it happens .

Adobe AIR might not be needed. Some sites run with Adobe AIR, and then you might need it, but most sites will open fine without it. You can uninstall it, and if you ever need it, you can install it again.

Adobe Flash Player ActiveX is the flash player for IE. You can keep it if you want. However, the version you have is old. Please uninstall this, and update to the latest, which is version 15.

Adobe Flash Player plugin is for non-IE browsers like Firefox. Keep this one.

Please use Flash Player Uninstaller to first uninstall Flash Player, and then download the installer, and install it again.

Use the links from the first post in this thread:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...ayer-15-a.html

Please note that if you run the Flash Player Uninstaller, it will uninstall both Flash Player ActiveX and the Plugin too. So, you will need to install them both.
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Old 18. Nov 2014, 08:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Would it suffice to uninstall Adobe Air from 'Programs and Features' without using Adobe uninstaller?

When you install Adobe Flash Player, does it install all these 3 automatically?

Is Microsoft Silverlight a substitute for the Flash player?

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Would it suffice to uninstall Adobe Air from 'Programs and Features' without using Adobe uninstaller?
Yes, it would. I am not aware of any Adobe Air uninstaller for Adobe Air. So, just uninstalling it from Programs and Features will work fine.

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When you install Adobe Flash Player, does it install all
these 3 automatically?
No, all the above three are not automatically installed. Adobe Air is different from Flash Player. They have to be installed separately.

For Adobe Flash Player too, both the ActiveX and Plugin versions have to be installed separately too.

However, the Flash Player Uninstaller will remove both versions together.

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Is Microsoft Silverlight a substitute for the Flash player?
It's not exactly a substitute, but an alternative. Again, not all sites use Silverlight. Mostly, Flash Player is widely used on sites.

Silverlight and Adobe Air can be installed in case you run across any important site which won't run without these. In that case, your browser should inform you of the missing plugin that is required.
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Old 18. Nov 2014, 08:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you for a great reply. My main concern usually is privacy and security.

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Old 18. Nov 2014, 08:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome . Your concern is justified.

Adobe Flash Player often has security vulnerabilities, so it's important to keep it updated to the latest version.

Choosing to install updates automatically for flash player is not a good option, because it just informs you of the update, and does nothing else, besides placing an extra process in the memory. Also, it will direct you towards the site, where it offers bundled adware with setup.

On the forum, we regularly post about flash player updates, along with the download links, which are clean.
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Old 18. Nov 2014, 10:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I didn't know about this. How do I find these updates here and when an update has been posted what indication would there be?

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What I do every time I come to these forums, after I login, is click on the "New Posts" link at the top of the page. (It's between Calendar and Search.)

This shows me every forum that has a new post in it. Because I'm a moderator, I read every post in every forum (for the most part). But, you don't have to or need to. Just read the ones you are interested in. Any new posts regarding java updates or flash updates will be clearly seen when you click "New Posts".

The only other thing I would suggest is that when you are done reviewing the new posts that you want to review, go to "Quick Links" and then click on "Mark Forums Read". That makes it so the forum thinks you've read all new posts.
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