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It is a fact that Adobe Flash Player remains a useful runtime application despite its many security vulnerabilities and flaws. If saying goodbye to it for good is something you can’t do, settle for an alternative option – run Adobe Flash when needed.

What used to be a popular app, Adobe Flash is now known as a plug-in that is constantly hit by security vulnerabilities. This requires frequent updates, or risk being hit with malware and other security issues. But, by limiting when Adobe flash runs, you can minimize the possibility of freezing, crashing or virus attacks.

How to run Adobe Flash Player only when needed

  • In Google Chrome
  1. Open a browser and type on the address field chrome://settings/.
  2. On Chrome’s Settings page, search for “Show advanced settings…” and click on the link.
  3. Search for “Content Settings…” on the Privacy section, and click on the link.
  4. In the Flash settings window, you will be presented with three options:
  • Allows sites to run Flash
  • Detect and run important Flash content (recommended)
  • Block sites from running Flash
  1. Select the second option, so the Adobe Flash plugin would only run important Flash content.

Following the change in settings, the next time Flash content is available in Chrome, you will see a message on where the Flash content is supposed to be, which says “Right-click to run Adobe Flash Player”. It is up to you to follow the on-screen instruction.

  • In Mozilla Firefox
  1. Open a browser, then click on Tools > Add-ons.
  2. Search for Shockwave Flash on the list of add-ons.
  3. Click on the drop-down menu found at the far right of the entry for Shockwave Flash, and set it to Ask to Activate.
  4. Close the Add-ons Manager window.

Following the change in settings, the next time Flash content is available in Firefox, you will see a link that says “Activate Adobe Flash”, which you must click if you want to view the content. You will also be prompted to choose to “Allow Now” or “Allow and Remember”. The latter means that, every time you visit the same website, Flash player is automatically enabled.

Of course, if you’d rather uninstall Adobe Flash Player, here’s how.