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Old 30. Jul 2009, 10:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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While installing Adobe Flash Player, I observed some things and would like to share them here, which may help others.

It would be wise to first uninstall the previous versions of flash player, from the Add/Remove programs, and then restart the system. After uninstalling flash player, I saw it still left some files, and folders on the system. Here are the locations on my PC, which is WinXP SP2.

C:\Windows\System32\Macromedia\Flash\
Here on my system, some files were there, which were not removed after uninstallation. I don't remember the names, and I did not note them down. But, some of these files could not be deleted by normal means. I had to use Unlocker to delete them. So, after uninstalling flash player, restart system, and then look in this folder... delete the files, and then proceed with fresh install.

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Adobe\Flash Player
This folder can be deleted.

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Macromedia\
Contents of this folder can be deleted too.

If you have installed Shockwave Player too... then same steps to be followed.. uninstall, restart PC. I noticed it left behind files too in the directory : C:\Windows\System32\Adobe. Delete those files, or if the uninstall.exe is there, run it... the folder will be deleted automatically.

Hope this helps.
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Old 30. Jul 2009, 10:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I usually use the uninstallers for Flash Player and Shockwave available here -
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/

(admittedly I don't check afterwards to see how thorough they are )
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Old 30. Jul 2009, 10:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link Sope. Now that you told, I now remember, I had flash player uninstaller on my disk... but didn't use it. Maybe next time, when they release a patch for vulnerability in the just released version .
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Old 30. Jul 2009, 11:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I usually use the uninstallers for Flash Player and Shockwave available here -
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/

(admittedly I don't check afterwards to see how thorough they are )
great good tip..
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Old 31. Jul 2009, 01:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Having used the latest Adobe Shockwave and Flash player uninstallers (available here - http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/# ), followed by their respective installers, Secunia PSI still identified an insecure (out of date) flash player file remaining on my HDD which I had to remove manually -
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\Flash10b.ocx

I also noticed an old Shockwave Helper file in one of the folders Anupam mentions, namely -
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Adobe\Shockwave 11\SwHelper_1151600

So, it seems Adobe's own custom uninstallers still don't do an adequate job.
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