At the end of 2020, Adobe will kill its Flash Player app for security reasons. Microsoft is taking a pre-emptive strike though by using an optional Windows Update to both uninstall and block Flash from being reinstalled.
It seems the update does not check to see if Flash has been installed using Adobe’s standalone installer, meaning if you have ever installed Flash Player manually, it remains available to use. Web browserscan also have a Flash Player component installed, and these also remain available after the update.
If you have no intention of using Flash again, the Windows Update to remove it is worthwhile simply to make your system a bit more secure. However, it’s worth checking if the Flash Player is installed as an app as well and removing it.
This is for the Windows 10 operating system
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To check this:
- Launch Settings (the gear icon)
- Click the Apps option
Refer to below image:
If it is there, click on the app and select Uninstall to remove the app. In my example, the app has been removed and is no longer listed. See below image:
Now, lets check your web browser. For Google Chrome:
- Launch Chrome
- Click the Hamburger icon in upper right-hand corner (the one with 3 dots)
- Click More tools
- Click on Extensions
See following image:
If it is there, click on the slider to disable or the Remove option to delete the app (this is the recommended choice). In my example, the app has been removed and is no longer listed. Refer to below image:
That’s it. You have successfully removed the app and its Chrome extension. Be sure to run the Windows optional update when available.
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