Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Adobe Flash EOL (end of life)

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Another popular software product coming to an end.  Adobe Flash player, a commonly used feature in everyone's browser for website's and games alike is coming to an end as of Dec 31/2020.  It is also being recommended to uninstall it completely, as it will not be supported any further and software developers should have updated their products to all run on the alternatives.  

So, before any big surprises arise, I will try and give you as much information as possible as to how to remove it, and how to make sure your browser(s) are prepared for the change!

Adobe has a dedicated article regarding the EOL of flash player, which you can view here for more detailed information.

excerpt from Adobe "Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. "

To remove Adobe flash, simply click on "Start", go to "Settings", then click on "Apps" Scroll to where you see Adobe flash, click on it and click uninstall. (Windows 10) 

Process almost the same on other windows platforms, simply go to settings or control panel, click on add/remove programs, find Adobe flash, click uninstall.

Once you have that done and are now ready to see if your browser(s) can support the replacement. Which in this case should be HTML5 (which all current/updated browsers support) there are a couple ways to tell. Number one - you can go to this link with your browser of choice and as you arrive it will show you, your browser version and everything it can run etc. HTML5 test

Number two - you can click on the options bar in your browser, located at the top right side. 

For Firefox, click on the 3 bars, then click on "Help", then "About Firefox"

and you should get a screen like this one:  

For those users of Chrome, you would check it pretty much the same way, click on the 3 dots, then "Help", then "About Google Chrome"

And, of course, for those of you who use the Edge browser, once again almost the same, click on the 3 dots, then "Help and Feedback", then "About Microsoft Edge"

Now just check your Version number with the list below, and if you have the latest browser(s) you should be fine and ready to run most previous Adobe flash content!

Browser version list:

  • Chrome 87.
  • Safari 14.
  • Edge 87.
  • Firefox 84.
  • Internet Explorer 11.
  • Opera 72.

*list provided by Updatemybrowser.org

If your browser lists a lower version, it would be best to update immediately to avoid any complications or problems in your future browsing.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line via the contact form on the right side. 

Stay Safe!


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