How to disable Flash Player in your browser

Tutorial for disabling Adobe’s Flash Player in Internet Explorer and old versions of Chrome and Firefox

If you have read  this article in which we have given reasons for why Flash may be dead in coming days. After two more zero-days found in the Hacking Team list of exploits, if you are still using Internet Explorer or old versions of Chrome and Firefox, you may be at risk. We bring you this short tutorial for disabling Flash from your various browsers and enjoy safe browsing.

Internet Explorer versions 10 and 11

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu, and then click “Manage add-ons”
  3. Under “Show”, select “All add-ons”
  4. Select “Shockwave Flash Object” and then click on the “Disable” button

You can re-enable Adobe Flash Player by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash Object”, and then clicking on the “Enable” button but do remember the risks involved.

Owners of older versions of Internet Explorer can use the tutorial available on the Microsoft website. Select the version of Internet Explorer you are using at the top right corner.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Open the browser menu and click “Add-ons”
  3. Select the “Plugins” tab
  4. Select “Shockwave Flash” and click “Disable”

You can re-enable Adobe Flash Player by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash”, and then clicking on the “Enable” button.

Chrome

  1. Type “chrome:plugins” in the address bar to open the page
  2. On the Plugins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing
  3. To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the “Disable” link under its name
  4. To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the “Enable” link under its name

Disable Flash Player and enjoy a safe and secure browsing.

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