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How to turn off Adobe Flash Player in your browser

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Adobe Flash (formerly called Macromedia Flash and Shockwave Flash) is still widely used to display videos, games, and various other multimedia on the web. Flash has seen a tremendous popularity in the past because of its portability and unified look across many different platforms and devices. However, Flash on The web is experiencing a steady decline since the 2000s and it is now used primarily to display ads and video games.

Why you should turn off Adobe Flash

There are many reasons why you should consider completely turning off the Adobe Flash plugin in your web browser. One of the main reasons is the performance impact Flash can have on your system. Although Flash does support hardware acceleration, not many developers take full advantage of this option which causes excessive CPU usage.

In addition to performance issues, Flash is notoriously vulnerable to various attacks and threats to such a degree that web browsers routinely blacklist older version of Flash to protect their users.

If you have, indeed, decided that it might be the best idea to completely disable your Flash plugin, then all you need to do is to follow these simple instruction and you will be done in less than a minute.

How to turn off Adobe Flash Player in Google Chrome

  1. First, you need to type chrome:plugins in the address bar to open the Plug-ins page.
  2. On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing.
  3. To disable Adobe Flash Player, click the Disable link under its name.

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Alternative method:

Alternatively, you can install an excellent plugin called Flashcontrol. With Flashcontrol installed, web content that requires Flash plugins will be disabled by default. You then enable content by clicking on a blocked area on any given webpage, or via Flashcontrol’s address bar icon. You can reblock the content that you’ve unblocked as well.

To install this plugin, all you need to do is follow the direction on Chrome web store page.

How to turn off Adobe Flash Player in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open up the Add-ons menu.
  2. Select Plugins on the left side.
  3. Set Shockwave Flash to Ask to Activate.

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Alternative method:

Alternatively, you can install an excellent plugin called Flash Control. This plugin gives you control over which sites are allowed to display the Flash player or the HTML5 player. In addition to the context menu for whitelisting domains, there’s also a simple UI, which is accessible via the Sidebar for managing the whitelist.

To install this plugin, all you need to do is follow the direction on the Add-ons page.

How to turn off Adobe Flash Player in Apple Safari

To disable Adobe Flash in Safari in all version prior to Yosemite, you need to manually disable all plugins.

  1. Click on Safari in the top left corner to bring down the application menu.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Open the Security tab.
  4. And uncheck the box next to “Enable plug-ins” under “Web content”

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