With vulnerabilities here and there, left and right, it’s understandable if you’d want to get rid of the Adobe Flash Player altogether. If you can live without content running Flash, by all means, uninstall the runtime program. Doing so is the best way to protect yourself against zero-day vulnerabilities that seem to occur once or twice a month.
Good thing, uninstalling Adobe Flash Player is quick and easy.
Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from Mac OS
- Determine your Mac OS version by clicking the Apple icon in your screen’s upper-left corner.
- Run the compatible uninstaller. There are two versions available, one for Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.3 (Puma, Jaguar, Panther), and another for Mac OS X 10.4 and later (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks).
- Download the right uninstaller.
- Once downloaded, search for the file and double click on it to start the uninstallation process. In Safari, click on Windows > Downloads to find the downloaded uninstaller. In Mozilla, look for Tools > Downloads. In Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), look for the Download icon on the browser, which is an arrow pointing down, and click on it to show the most recent downloads.
- Once double-clicked, the uninstaller will then start. Click Uninstall when prompted.
- Close your browser when prompted, so the uninstallation will continue.
- Once uninstallation is complete, click Done.
- Make sure to delete directories where the Flash Player has been saved.
- <home directory>/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash\ Player
- <home directory>/Library/Caches/Adobe/Flash\ Player
- Verify that uninstallation of the Adobe Flash Player is complete by restarting your computer, and then checking the status of the Flash Player on your browser.
Getting rid of the program in Google Chrome and Firefox on the Windows platform is fairly easy. An Adobe Flash Player uninstall tutorial is all you need to remove the application, and it mostly involves disabling the plug-in.
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