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How do you get rid of the Flash Updater program?

Oct 3

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Sunday, October 03, 2010 8:18 PM  RssIcon

No Flash updater hereWhen you log on, do you get prompted to update your Flash player?  Even before anything happens on your box?  Is it annoyihng you?  Read on if it does and how to get rid of it!

Update Flash upon logging inRIGHT after you log into your Windows box, are you prompted by Flash to update itself? 

I've had this a few times and it was starting to drive me NUTS but what was crazier was how the sneaky bugger gets installed and run.  To my surprise it's NOT in the standard Microsoft Windows way.  Read on for how to "uninstall" the Flash updater.

Normally, we like stuff automagically updated right, but it's usually in the standard Windows Update utility.  Why oh why does Adobe think they're better than everyone else and have to dodge the "RIGHT WAY" to do it, just like everyone else?  Yes, this ticks me off, and now I'm on a mission to turf the updater.  Thanks but no thanks, I'll update you manually from now on (if I don't take you off my machine completely).

Now, any IT support person, and even most developers know about MSConfig.exe tool.  It's an analysis tool to help you figure out what's starting, where it's starting from, and how it's starting in your Windows environment.

 Update Flash upon logging in

*Warning: there are no warranties or guarantees implied or otherwise with these changes.  YOU make them at your own risk/peril.  How's that for my lawyers speak?  No good?  That's fine, I'm just a coder not a lawyer.

As you can see from above, I have my MS keyboard and mouse starting up (yup, I LOVE my MS keyboard and mouse).  You can easily see the command executed to start, and if you expand the Location fields, you would see which registry hive it's located in.  Uh, but where the Flash updater?  Oh, it could be a service then right?  hhhmmm  Try and find it, I wasn't able to easily at least.  Now check out your Start folder, not there neither eh?  hhhmmm Where the heck is it then? 

Not quite sure about the start even "hook" into Windows, but here's the meat of how to get rid of it. To successfully "uninstall" the Flash Update program, you'll have to go into your Task Manager and "End Process" for the FlashUtil10b program.  Then, you'll have to find that file in the following directories and rename (or delete) them.

  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash
  • C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash

If you are running in a 64bit Windows, the you'll see the SysWOW64 (Windows On Windows).  The key here is to turf the updater program like da Terminator. LOL  After you do this, you'll STILL be able to see the Flash vids in your browser and of course you'll have to manually update your Flash program yourself, but you won't be prompted unexpectedly anymore!

Now that you've gotten rid of THAT annoyance, it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

Resources

Windows Seven Forums: Windows 7 - Disable Adobe Update Utility

Wikipedia: MSConfig

Microsoft Support: How to troubleshoot configuration errors by using the System Configuration utility in Windows XP

netsquirrel.com: How to use MSCONFIG

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