Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player – here’s how

Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

Steve Jobs
Flash killer.
Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system.

Click “Uninstall” when prompted by Adobe in Flash Player, or follow these manual uninstall instructions:

1. Determine your Mac OS version
2. Run the uninstaller applicable to your Mac OS version

• Download the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller:
– Mac OS X / OS X / macOS, version 10.6 and later: uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg
– Mac OS X, version 10.4 and 10.5: uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg

The uninstaller is downloaded to the Downloads folder of your browser by default.

3. Verify that uninstallation is complete

More information via Adobe: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html

MacDailyNews Take: Somewhere, Steve Jobs is smiling.

Adobe… Your shitastic Flash must die. — MacDailyNews, February 5, 2010


Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind. — Steve Jobs, April 29, 2010

25 Comments

  1. The iPhone doesn’t give you “real” internet. It doesn’t run Flash!

    It’s a pity though, there doesn’t seem to be a direct replacement – as in a program that lets you both draw animations, and make them interactive, in one file. I’ve tried Hype, (1.0) but having to import every image makes for a big mess in the steadily deteriorating finder.

    1. Same here. The last time I saw the Flash interface was using it for my job in 2006, then it was kicked to the curb. There are greater, much less buggy, much more secure technologies that just keep getting better! Who was that Flash troll guy that used to post here all the time years ago? I guarantee you he is using CSS animations now and weeping into his tea.

      1. I’ve probably told this story before: a few decades back, my brother spent a summer answering the phones for a local NBC affiliate. A lot of the calls were complaints about NBC shows that the station could not control. Many more were about ABC and CBS shows that the station did not even carry. When he tried to point this out, the invariable response was, “Well, it all comes out of the same box, doesn’t it?”

        Apple has a legitimate interest in whether its customers have a good experience with what comes out of the boxes it sells. If the battery goes dead after an hour, users are going to blame Apple, not Adobe Flash or the app developer. If the security leaks like a sieve, Apple is going to get the blame for that, too. If parental controls don’t work, Apple… If an app facilitates a crime… you get the idea.

        A pure “let the buyer beware” approach might have worked back when every Apple user knew how to code in Apple Basic, and many of us knew Assembly Language for the 6502, 68000, or 8086. Sorry, but neither my 94-yr-old mother nor my 16-yr-old grandniece have any interest in learning computer science in order to keep their iPads safe. They expect Apple to do that for them and will blame Apple for anything that goes wrong.

        1. Apple’s interests are not greater than the first amendment rights of the owner of the device or those of the developer. They are allowed an opinion. Nothing more.

          I have no problem with “default settings” to accommodate the technically deficient. It’s the imposes censorship that’s the problem.

          1. First Amendment-

            Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

            1. So can I write an iOS app that excersizes any of those rights without hinderance or approval from Apple?

              If the government can’t do it, my supplier shouldn’t either. It’s not their property.

      2. The problem is that HTML 5 et al are legitimately more robust at this point. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that Adobe will not continue to dump money into something few are using.

      3. Contrary to your arrogant, condescending (and yet again, incorrect) take, that’s exactly what it was.
        You’re aware, aren’t you, that OTHER platforms exist?

  2. I was done with Flash long before Adobe even owned it when some web designer idiot decided it was “cute” to embed a company’s name and address in a flash box “because it looked good”. (It looked like Helvetica to me). This meant the address couldn’t be copied and pasted.

    Then came all the flash ads……

    Good riddance.

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