Due to the need to play videos, games and other aspects, many friends have installed Flash, a plug-in that is often exposed to various vulnerabilities, which may bring some hidden dangers to the system. What’s worse, its development company – Adobe has ended the support for Flash, and the Flash vulnerabilities found afterwards may bring more serious harm to the system because there is no update to make up for it. In addition, many browsers now support HTML5 language, which is more secure than Flash, and can achieve better video and game effects, Flash has been completely “retired” to uninstall. However, as a highly bundled software, it often has the problem of unclean uninstallation, which inevitably brings some trouble. The following author will introduce how to uninstall it completely.
I. Uninstall using the components that come with the system
By default, after installing the Flash plug-in, it will automatically appear in the “Applications and Features” list, so you can remove it here. Type “Applications and Features” in the search box, find “Adobe Flash Player 32 PPAPI” in the list that opens, expand it and click “Uninstall Click “Uninstall” and follow the instructions (Figure 1).
Figure 1 Uninstall the plug-in
However, this will not uninstall all the related files, and there will still be residues in the system, so it is better to delete them manually and completely. Open Explorer, locate the C:Windowssystem32MacromedFlash folder and delete it. If prompted that you cannot delete it, please quit your browser, games and other programs and try again. Then locate %appdata%AdobeFlash Player and %appdata%MacromediaFlash Player (just type it in the address bar of Task Manager, it will automatically match your user name and other directories), delete them too, and finally reboot to completely delete the Flash plug-in and its related files (Figure 2).
Figure 2 Delete residual directory
Second, use the uninstaller to remove
If you do not find the Flash plug-in in the “Applications and Features” list, it is likely that its uninstaller has been corrupted. Here you do not need to reinstall it to restore the uninstall function, as many programs do, because we can go to Adobe’s official website to find the uninstaller directly. Open the link “https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html” to download “Uninstall Flash Player”, run the program and click on “Uninstall” and follow the instructions, then manually delete the residual files as described above (Figure 3).
Figure 3 Using the official uninstaller
Because many browsers have built-in HTML5 language, so after removing Flash, open common video sites can generally play videos normally, and you can’t see anything like Flash version information by clicking the right mouse button on the playback interface (Figure 4). There are also some websites and videos that will pop up a prompt, so you can refuse to install Flash and select HTML5 mode.
Figure 4 Uninstalling the plug-in does not affect video playback