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How do I terminate the flash plugin process under Win8.1?

  1. #1


    Italy
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    Win8.1, Antergos, LMDE

    How do I terminate the flash plugin process under Win8.1?


    I have the habit of opening a million Firefox tabs. If many of these have flash content (usually youtube, which I set up to autopause whenever a new video is opened so I can open interesting videos as I go and watch them later), the plugin eventually starts slowing everything down. In win7 when this happened all I had to do was open task manager, find the flash plugin and terminate the process. This would instantly speed everything back up, and all I had to do was reload the various flash windows and watch whatever I wanted.

    I'm now running win8.1, and I can't figure out how to do this. The flash plugin usually doesn't even appear in task manager, and yet flash windows work, so it's got to be there somewhere. Occasionally it does appear, but killing it doesn't change anything. This is a problem, because when everything starts to crawl the only thing that's left for me to do is to quit firefox altogether and then restart it, which requires it to reload all the tabs, even those without flash content. This takes a long time and occasionally results in the loss of form content.

    Why does the process vanish in Win8.1, and is there any way to make it show up as it did under Win7?
    Last edited by IronMew; 16 Jul 2015 at 09:30.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe this link will help---

    How to Enable Click-to-Play Plugins in Every Web Browser

    Maybe not.

    The part about Opera failed to mention Opera Turbo has to be OFF so Flash actually does not give the message "Click To Play".
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    Italy
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    Win8.1, Antergos, LMDE


    Not really, no. I know about click-to-play, but unless I click-play EVERY page, I'm still going to have this problem.
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    If you were running Firefox in the desktop environment of Win 8.1, wouldn't you have the similar experiences you had in Win 7?
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    Italy
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    Win8.1, Antergos, LMDE


    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    If you were running Firefox in the desktop environment of Win 8.1, wouldn't you have the similar experiences you had in Win 7?
    I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at. The experience is essentially identical. The only issue is that I seem unable to find and kill the flash process in Win8.1 when it starts bogging down.
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    I'm seeing it from PaleMoon's perspective, not from Firefox's.

    There has never been a Flash process listed in TaskMan, not for a long while that I can recall. There was a plug-in container process for Firefox briefly before I migrated to PaleMoon, which also has the plug-in container process.

    Around the time of my migration while in Win 7, the plug-in container was fairly new with its growing pains. Shutting that process down temporarily solved problems. I have not had to do that for a long time. But then again, I don't use the browser the way you do.

    I also don't do much of anything from the Metro Apps side of Win 8.1. I wouldn't know what the experience would be like running Firefox/PaleMoon from there. I thought you might have the problems uniquely different (Metro Apps) from the Win 7 desktop.
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How do I terminate the flash plugin process under Win8.1?
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