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Solved FlashUtil Files Keep Getting Created.


JamesJ

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Because I don't want Flash Player Utilities running at startup I have renamed the 2 files that run at startup:

C:\Windows\System32\Macrome\FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll
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C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\FlashUJtil_ActiveX.exe

Somehow they got created again. The ones I renamed are still there but somehow the original files are back in the folder again.

I want this disabled!
There are no references to this in any of the 'Run' registry entries and I don't see a Service for this either.
Anyone have an idea how to prevent this annoying piece of garbage from recurring?

James
 

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FYI, I have them running as well. The run at startup may be required for the Flash program to function properly when you open your browser. I also see no easy way to disable it; and, if disabled, Flash might not function properly work when you opened your browser and surfed to a site that requires Flash. With that said, if you don't like it running at start-up, and you don't need Flash, why not just uninstall it? Good luck.
 

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First, I ran a video on IE10 and it ran fine even though FlashUtil wasn't running.
Second, There is no entry anywhere to uninstall it. Even in Turn Windows features on or off.
It must install during installation of Windows 8
I'm more curious as to why and how the files got replaced as they did.
 

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OK, you are referring to the inherent version that comes pre-installed on IE10 in Windows 8. Don't have an answer for you on that one but hang in there and someone else will be along to assist you shortly. Good luck.
 

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First, I ran a video on IE10 and it ran fine even though FlashUtil wasn't running.
Second, There is no entry anywhere to uninstall it. Even in Turn Windows features on or off.
It must install during installation of Windows 8
I'm more curious as to why and how the files got replaced as they did.
hi,maybe ,go to IE open tools and manage addons ,and disable it there .






or for the ones you renamed in start up i use microsoft autoruns , download and run it ,right click autoruns. ext and choose run as admin , go to logon tab and uncheck flashplayer utility ,and any other that you don't need running
Autoruns for Windows


Somehow they got created again. The ones I renamed are still there but somehow the original files are back in the folder again.
they were recreated because when installed they were told to run at windows startup and the program seeing that they had been changed ,just recreated them
 

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First I don't see a listing like you have in the screen shot.
I have zero tolerance for startup programs. I don't want or need this to start.
I want to find a way to disable it.:mad:
 

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I want to find a way to disable it.:mad:
,did you try opening a elevated [admin] command prompt and go to "msconfig " it should show up there




i use the autoruns program from microsft to disable mine ,have for about 10 years or more now ,sorry
 

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In Windows 8 MsConfig doesn't show the startup items. One needs to go to Task Manager.
I have third party software with a startup manager and it don't show up there.
I've checked the 3 'Run' keys in regedit and it isn't there. Unless there's another 'Run' keys I'm not aware of.
 

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Hi again JamesJ,

Windows 8 comes with an integrated version of Flash that is considered to be an integral part of the operating system. There will be no evidence of its existence in the add/remove programs area and if you try to jury-rig a way to uninstall it, you may damage your OS in the process. My advice is to either live with it or try using FireFox which is a great alternative IMHO. Good luck.
 

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Because I don't want Flash Player Utilities running at startup I have renamed the 2 files that run at startup:

C:\Windows\System32\Macrome\FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll
and
C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\FlashUJtil_ActiveX.exe

Somehow they got created again. The ones I renamed are still there but somehow the original files are back in the folder again.

I want this disabled!
There are no references to this in any of the 'Run' registry entries and I don't see a Service for this either.
Anyone have an idea how to prevent this annoying piece of garbage from recurring?

James
A question or two.

How do you know they are running at start up ?
Do they show up in Task Manager or what ?

Do you have CCleaner installed ?

I have the latest Flash installed & I do not have FPU's running at start up.
Do you have the latest Flash installed ?

You can go here to find out :

https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

Here is a link to the Flash forums:

Adobe Community: Home

An answer may come quicker from there.

EDIT--

Do you see Flash in Add/Remove Programs ?

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Maybe if you uninstalled it & reinstalled it, it would help...
 

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A question or two.

How do you know they are running at start up ?
Do they show up in Task Manager or what ?

Do you have CCleaner installed ?
I don't believe they actually start at system startup.
But periodically If I check Task Manager there it is doing something.
No, I don't use ccleaner.
 

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A question or two.

How do you know they are running at start up ?
Do they show up in Task Manager or what ?

Do you have CCleaner installed ?
I don't believe they actually start at system startup.
But periodically If I check Task Manager there it is doing something.
No, I don't use ccleaner.
I don't know.
Sorry I can't be of help. :(
 

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Disable flash with autoruns, as already mentioned...
 

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Sorry about the delay.
So, if I install Firefox then, Adobe Flash utility would not run?
I assume that some videos on the internet would require Adobe Flash player regardless of which browser one uses?

James
 

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Do you see Flash in Add/Remove Programs ?

You only see this if you install the flash plugin for use with Firefox and other browsers. It has nothing to do with IE

Flash Util: C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\FlashUJtil_ActiveX.exe does not run at startup.


  1. If you open IE, FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe will be invoked in order to display any flash files on the page.
  2. Terminated when you close IE.
Flash player for IE is updated via Windows Updates (KB2770041) as an Activex.

For Firefox and other browsers, you need to download from adobe then install the flash plugin
 

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