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It is true that hackers have identified several ways through which to exploit Adobe Flash Player in the last few years.

The Flash Player has not done itself any favors by causing numerous crashes on browsers. The many hackings that Flash Player has faced and continues to face have made it mandatory to learn how to enable and disable it depending on what you want to do at any given moment.

Versions of Flash Player

Flash Player comes in different versions, namely:

  • Browser plugins
  • Flash program

The good news is that you can disable both versions of Flash Player, thus protecting your machine and browser from regular crashing. Adobe Flash Player is crucial for most websites, as without it, displaying the following would be a massive headache:

  • Videos
  • Games
  • Photos
  • Forms
  • Other types of interactive elements

Disabling Flash Player on Browsers

It is important that you know how to disable Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome. Google and Firefox blocked specific versions of Flash Player but allowed others to run. Some users prefer setting Flash Player to run in the background. This might not offer much solace against hackers. Therefore, the best option would be to disable the Flash Player so that it does not even run in the background, thus opening the door for hackers to strike.

In Google Chrome, disable flash player by typing Chrome://plugins in the search or address bar. Next, click the Disable button under Adobe Flash Player. Feel free to untick or tick the box that allows Flash Player only to run when you need it. In Firefox, type about:addons in the address bar. Next, click plugins. A drop-box will appear. On the drop-box, choose between Ask to Activate and Never Activate.

In Firefox, look for the cog icon that appears on the top-right side of the browser. Next, select the Manage Add-Ons button. Look for the Shockwave Flash Object from the list that appears before selecting the Disable icon. Alternatively, you might feel that the disable option does not give you the desired peace of mind. In such a case, complete uninstalling of Adobe Flash Player would suffice, and you can do this through the following process:

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Locate Programs and Features
  • Type Uninstall in the search box
  • On the new list that appears, search for and right-click on Adobe Flash Player
  • Choose the Uninstall option

Therefore, follow these steps today to uninstall or disable Adobe Flash Player. You might have to take this option if making life harder for hackers is one of your goals. The Flash Player has hosted several vulnerabilities, thus making it a huge risk to continue using it.