My Adobe Flash player updater just popped up with the new update notice so I allowed it to install. Guess What? It installed McAfee Security Scanner without my permission. No notice, I suddenly saw the shortcut on my desktop. So...Adobe has joined the sleazeballs that install junk without permission. And MCAFEE?? The biggest piece of horse hockey in the industry? I notice in Uninstall Programs that there is something called Adobe Flash Player Active X; anybody know what that is?
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There is a small box in the Flash installer that you have to uncheck to make sure you don't install the McAfee software.
Many programs install extras. They give you the option to skip the extras. The Java Runtime update inquires if you want to install the Ask Toolbar. Yeah, I know....what's the Java Runtime?Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
It does appear though on Adobe's download page:
Anyway, far easier to download the latest installer direct:
For Internet Explorer:
First they wanted us all to use the wannabe browser (Chrome), and now they're also pushing McAfee's nullware?
And what, 15.71MB for a half-assed and slooooow plugin ???
And to make things worse,
now Adobe doesn't even let other sites archive the old versions of their #$@%**!! Flash Player.
The Flash Player archive on there goes well back to 1996.
Not that I ever need to go back to a previous version, but I find it easier to archive that last few flash players myself.
It's not wise to use old versions of Flash and Acrobat, they update it to fix exploits. As for Chrome, I like it because it runs in a sandbox and it updates itself automatically.
Flash Player is no longer available at OldApps. You may still use OldApps to find system compatibility and then download older versions from Adobe's website.It's not wise to use old versions of Flash and Acrobat, they update it to fix exploits.
The version for real browsers is listed in Add/Remove programs as the Flash Player Plugin.
Personally, the only reason I install the Adobe Flash Player is because the Firefox Flashblock plugin stops Flash from being used intrusively. All I see on any web page containing Flash objects is the Flashblock symbol unless I click on it. There may be a version of Flashblock for other browsers.
Last edited by hello_hello; 17th Feb 2013 at 07:00.
FWIW, and directly from the 90s:
ActiveMovie (aka DirectShow)
ActiveX (aka application/x-oleobject)
Active Streaming Format (aka ASF)
ActiveDesktop (aka Epic Fail)
Active Server Pages (aka ASP)
and last but not least,
Yeah, the picture posted above by Mike was what I got from the "update" popup; I even carefully scanned the EULA but no mention of any other install was there. I have since disabled auto-update for flash.
Adobe can go suck eggs.
Turn off auto update and always update manually.
I was getting a message in Foxfire that I needed to update the acrobat reader plugin to view a page with with a PDF file. Firefox had started blocking any PDF file if you had an older version of Acrobat Reader. I searched everywhere trying to find if the newer version had the same options that the old version that I use which is 7.0 has but could find nothing. The reason that I use the old version is because it offers features that they took out of newer versions in hopes that you would pay for Acrobat Reader Pro to get those features.
After not being able to find any info and not being able to just find a plugin update that would not force me to use a newer reader, I found instructions on how to view the PDF files without having to update anything. All I had to do was go into Firefox Plugins and turn off the Acrobat Reader plugin. That forced Firefox to use the copy of Adobe Reader that I had installed on my PC instead of having to upgrage any plugin or Reader itself.
If I knew that Adobe Reader 11 would do everthing that Adobe Reader 7 would do then I might upgrade to 11 but I also keep getting pop ups from Avast warning of an exploit in versions 10 and 11 that allow virus in PDF files. The new version is over twice as large as version 7 also.
Personally I prefer to use Foxit than the Adobe reader. I haven't had the latter installed in years. I don't know whether Adobe has dragged their reader out of the dark ages and added tabs to it yet, but the Foxit reader has them, so you can open multiple PDFs in tabs the same way a browser opens web pages.
I'm pretty sure both Foxit and Adobe have options whether or not to view PDFs inside the browser or whether they open in a new window using the reader instead. Well Foxit definitely does. If Adobe has the same option I don't know whether that'd also stop it nagging you about updating itself.