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Adobe Flash Player vulnerability

by davidwholt / February 26, 2010 6:25 PM PST

Secunia PSI tells me I have 1 insecure program (ActiveX)
Installation Path

When I try to delete that ActiveX control, this pops up
"You need permission to perform this action."

I run Vista with UAC turned off.

Is it a risk and if so, any suggestion on how to delete it?

This info leads me to think I need to boot in Safe Mode to remove it.

Extra Information / Known Issues with Adobe Flash Player 10.x
When updating Flash for IE, you need to close all programs that use Flash, including the PSI before applying the Patch, which is done by right-clicking the PSI icon, running in the tray, and selecting exit.. The PSI uses Flash for graphics, so the program cannot be successfully updated while the PSI is running.

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A Little While Back...
by tobeach / February 27, 2010 2:43 PM PST

(about 4-6 weeks?) Flash made a change to how you remove Flash. As of now you need to use their Flash Un-installer exe titled:
"1209_uninstall_flash_player.exe" (204Kb) which you can get from their site. You'll need to run the uninstaller each time you want to update to newer version like current (? changes very often) except possibly for Firefox plug-in (?) which I *think* does it all in one shot as an online install. I don't use FF so not sure. Hope this helps! Happy

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Adobe Flash Player uninstaller
by davidwholt / February 28, 2010 1:16 AM PST
In reply to: A Little While Back...

Thanks, tobeach!

I looked up this article.

Maybe I will be able to wipe out all vulnerable traces.

Adobe Flash Player uninstaller
by Donna Buenaventura - 2/11/10 7:26 PM In reply to: UPDATES - February 11, 2010 by Donna Buenaventura
Adobe Flash Player uninstaller for Windows, updated Feb. 11, 2010

Note: The uninstaller cannot remove files currently in use.

If you have any instances of the player open in your web browsers, instant messaging clients, stand-alone SWFs, or projectors, then the uninstaller will complete but some files may not be deleted. If this occurs, then close all of your applications and run the uninstaller again to ensure that all files are removed.

Note: Internet Explorer users may have to reboot to clear all uninstalled Flash Player ActiveX control files. If you're not certain, select the "Show Details" button in the Flash Player uninstaller. If there are any log lines that begin with "Delete on Reboot..." then you'll need to reboot BEFORE running the Flash Player installer again.


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Yes, it will wipe all traces
by Donna Buenaventura / March 1, 2010 7:57 AM PST

Just reboot if the uninstaller details says there's some files that is not deleted until a reboot is done.

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