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  1. Every second Tuesday of each month Microsoft rolls out a new series of updates and patches for Windows and their various products and technologies, and to coincide with this, Adobe, the makers of Adobe Flash Player also publish updates for the popular Flash Player plugin for web browsers on the same day. It's important to remember to update your Flash Player along with your normal Windows Updates/Microsoft Updates because the bad guys love to exploit vulnerabilities in Flash Player and other browser plugins, especially since such vulnerabilities are typically operating system and sometimes even browser agnostic, meaning you're vulnerable to it no matter what version of Windows you may be using and regardless of which web browser you might use to access the internet. While there are scheduled update checks for Flash by default upon installation and while the version integrated into Edge gets updated through Windows Update/Microsoft Update, it's important to remember to update the plugin yourself if you use any other browsers and to check to see if your Flash might be out of date regularly, at least once a month on Patch Tuesday when dealing with the monthly Windows Updates. To that end, the following links may prove useful, especially if you're like me and you handle the updating yourself and disable the scheduled update checks for Flash Player. I keep them in my Favorites/Bookmarks to make checking and updating Flash easy. First, you can check to see if the version of Flash you have installed is the latest or not by visiting the following page with your browser: Check Flash Player Version http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/about/ Next, assuming you're like me and prefer to perform a clean uninstall of any old Flash Player versions prior to upgrading to the latest, you'll want to run this tool from Adobe designed for that purpose (it will uninstall all downloadable versions of Flash for all browsers so you only need to run it once even if, like me, you have Flash installed for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer): Flash Player Uninstaller http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe Note: I've also attached a tool of my own that I always use when upgrading Flash. If you decide to use it yourself, be sure to follow the included instructions in the text file in the attached archive and that you only run it after you have already either run the above Flash uninstall tool linked above, or after having already removed all versions of Flash Player via Programs and Features/Add/Remove Programs; I will NOT be held responsible if you accidentally break your Flash plugin by using the attached tool incorrectly (though if you do, all you should need to do is reinstall the version of Flash appropriate to your browser to fix it so it isn't the end of the world). Flash Post-Uninstall Clean Tool.zip Now for the installers. Currently there are 3 separate Flash Player downloads for Windows depending on which browser you use. Also note that some of these apply to more than one browser. For example, all Chromium based browsers such as Google Chrome and SRWare Iron use the PPAPI version of Flash Player, while Firefox and other browsers based on its open source code use the NPAPI plugin version and Internet Explorer uses the ActiveX version (Microsoft Edge, which ships with newer Windows versions has its own version of Flash integrated into it which gets patched through Windows Update/Microsoft Update). These are the standalone installers which include no toolbars, browsers or any other bundled or add-on applications (the stuff offered by Adobe when you download Flash and their other free tools from their normal webpage): Flash Player Chromium based browsers (PPAPI) http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe Flash Player Firefox (NPAPI) http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe Flash Player ActiveX for Internet Explorer http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe While the day is rapidly approaching that the web will no longer rely on such plugins (thankfully, since they have pretty much been a constant source of vulnerabilities for exploits), the fact remains that many sites still rely on Flash Player as it is one of the last lingering plugins which still has yet to be almost completely phased out of use (if you still have the Java browser plugin installed, PLEASE REMOVE IT NOW!) so if you need to have Flash, as I still do, then you need to be responsible and keep it patched for the security of your system as well as others' because malware spreads. So remember to keep not only your operating system patched each month, but also your web facing plugins like Flash if you use them, especially if you don't have the Premium version of Malwarebytes (its anti-exploit technology tends to prevent the kinds of 0-day vulnerabilities that Flash and other browser plugins tend to contain) because you don't want to give the bad guys an easy target when you go out there surfing the web. I hope you found this information useful. Happy surfing and remember to stay safe out there !
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