Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from Mac

How and why to uninstall Adobe Flash Player from Mac computers

Many computer users, especially those who watch videos and other media content via a web browser are familiar with Adobe Flash Player. For a considerable time, Flash Player was the main tool used to watch video content via web browsers, however due to technology growth, the Adobe product was left behind and became an easy way for cyber criminals to compromise systems. Security is not the only reason why Flash Player has lost its popularity - this additional software often crashed, making web browsers unresponsive. Furthermore, they often used excessive computer resources.

Even Steve Jobs spoke about problems that Mac's encountered with the addition of Flash player. Apple tried to work together with Adobe to solve this situation, but Adobe did not appear to be interested in possible solutions. As an alternative, Steve Jobs suggested relying on HTML5 player, which is slowly replacing the problematic Flash Player. HTML5 player is more secure and compatible with Mac computers. In fact, the biggest and most popular webpages have already switched to HTML5 player. Despite these advances, some websites still run Flash Player. In this article, we describe how to check if your Mac has Flash Player, and if so, how to uninstall it.

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Verify that Flash player is installed to your computer

If you are not sure if your Mac contains Adobe Flash Player, or whether other browsers contain the Flash Player plug-in, you can visit Adobe's website where it can check your browser. This step is also useful to ensure that the uninstallation process was successful. If you recently uninstalled Flash Player, reboot your computer, and then visit Adobe's website to check your system. On this webpage, you will see a button labelled Check Now on the first step. Click this button and study the displayed report.

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macOS blocks outdated Flash player versions

Since Flash Player and Mac computers are not compatible, Apple provides a tool with Safari that checks and blocks outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player for security reasons. This protects Safari users from cyber criminals who infect computers with various potentially unwanted applications through Flash Player. If you see a warning messages such as 'Blocked plug-in,' 'Flash Security Alert', or 'Flash out-of-date' while trying to access Flash content in Safari, Apple is warning that you are using an outdated Adobe Flash Player or web browser plug-in.

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Remove Adobe Flash player from your Mac

If you decide that you no longer require Adobe Flash Player on your Mac, it is quite simple to remove. First, visit the Adobes support website and download the uninstaller application. Bear in mind, that there are a number of different versions depending on your operating system. Once you have the correct uninstaller file, launch it. When the application opens, click Uninstall. Confirm your action by entering an administrator account password, and then close all web browsers.

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This app deletes Adobe Flash Player and associated files, but you are also advised to manually check and remove any remaining preferences and cache folders if they exist. Open Finder and click on 'Go' in the menu bar at top of the screen. Then hold down the Option Key and choose Library from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the Go to Folder function and type the following destination: ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash\ Player and ~/Library/Caches/Adobe/Flash\ Player. Delete both folders to remove all associated Flash Player files.

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Tomas Meskauskas

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter to stay informed about the latest tech news or online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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