Flash Player Install?
|Adobe Flash is a plugin for Internet Explorer
and Firefox that allows active content to be displayed in your web
browser. As with other third party programs, its updated on a regular
basis. In many cases, the Flash Security Update KB923789
in Windows Update would not install properly. In other cases, you may
have received an error "you must
install a later version of the Macromedia Flash Player".
In April 2008, Adobe is releasing another
security update that may cause issues too. Because of these
problems, you may have to uninstall and reinstall the flash player to
may it work properly. Follow the steps below to download the Flash
Player Uninstaller and then reinstall it. In most cases, a reinstall
will fix any issues with Flash Player.
Last week, a hacked flash ad
injected into online advertising enabled malware to attack systems just
by visitors viewing the infected web page. These
"malvertisements" may become commonplace in the future and are even
more reason to uninstall any old versions of Adobe Flash Player and
install the latest version. Read more about Flash Security further down
Download the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller
times, just uninstalling and reinstalling the Adobe Flash Player from
the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel will not solve the problem. If
the Flash Player is corrupted, it may not remove properly and therefore
an new installations will not proceed correctly. Click on the following
link to download the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller and save it to your
Run the uninstaller program and then reboot your computer to complete the uninstall.
Download the latest version of Flash Player
Now that Adobe Flash has been uninstalled, go to the Adobe site and download the latest flash player.
Security Level Issues Won't Allow Flash Player to Download
browser security will not allow you to download the Flash Player
correctly. If this happens in Internet Explorer, check the following
items to allow the download.
To change your security level:
Checking for the Flash Killbit in the Registry
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click on Tools, Internet Options
- Click on the Security Tab
- Click Custom Level
- Find the section titled "ActiveX controls and plug-ins"
- Choose Prompt for "Download Signed ActiveX Controls"
- Choose Prompt for "Run ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins"
- Click OK twice to close the options screen
has an option in the Windows registry that can be set to disallow an
Active X control from running. This killbit will sometimes be set by a
malware application to cause further problems for the user. This
happened just a few days ago on a clients computer. I completed every
other procedure for fixing the Flash player and it was installed.
However, when the customer went to a flash enabled site they were
greeted with a message that Flash needed to be installed even though it
already was installed.
Follow these steps to check for this killbit for the Flash player and fix it.
Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT (for Windows XP) or Click the Start
Orb and type REGEDIT in the search box and open it (For Windows Vista/7)
2) Navigate to the following registry key
If that particular key does not exist, then the killbit for Flash is
not set, however if it contains a DWORD entry for Compatibility Flags
and the value is set for anything different than 0x00000000, then the
killbit has been set and this is the reason why Flash is not appearing.
- Internet Explorer
- ActiveX Compatibility
4) You can delete the registry entry if the killbit is set, or change the value to 0x00000000
5) Close the Registry Editor and test flash player again.
More Troubleshooting Help for Flash Player
If this procedure does not allow you to install Adobe Flash, you may want to visit the Troubleshooting FAQ on Adobe's site.
of the recent vulnerabilities found in Flash applications that allow
malware code to be released when a flash file is viewed, you may want
to turn flash off when viewing flash enabled websites. This is a more
extreme measure, but should be considered.
Here are some utilities that will help turn flash off when needed.
For Internet Explorer:
- TurnFlash - a utility to turn flash on or off from the system tray
- No! Flash - free utility to disable flash, java, and more
To read more about this flash vulnerability visit the Windows Secrets article
- FlashBlock - an add-on extension to block flash, shockwave, and authorware in Firefox
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