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Microsoft puts Windows 8 users at risk with missing Flash update

  1. #11


    Thank you for the update Brink.

    I'll be disabling Flash and installing Foxfire for the time being. A logical course to take to me.

    Ugh! Hackers! Get a job and a life!

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    I'll keep in mind using Chromium/FFox until 26th Oct. Thanks for mentioning this issue Shawn.

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Ugh! Hackers! Get a job and a life!
    That agreed about the life part but hacker as job already exists I guess.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (6.3.9600)


    I'm not waiting months for Microsoft to patch what Adobe has patched already. Here is how to get rid of the flawy flash version:

    1) gpedit.msc
    Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Security Features-->Add-on Management
    Set "Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects" to Enable.

    2) gpedit.msc
    User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Security Features-->Add-on Management
    Set "Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects" to Enable.

    This policy setting turns off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevents applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects.
    Why this and not just disable the plugin in Internet Explorer:

    However, if Adobe Flash is disabled through the "Add-on List" and "Deny all add-ons unless specifically allowed in the Add-on List" policy settings and not through this policy setting, all applications that use Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash object can still do so.
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    (3) (Optional)
    Backup %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash

    4) Open Command Prompt as administrator
    navigate to %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash
    regsvr32 /u Flash.ocx
    regsvr32 /u FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll

    5) Close all Internet Explorer Windows/Tabs
    right click FlashUtil_ActiveX.exe > run as Administrator
    Choose uninstall flash

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    6) Take ownership of and delete all files in
    %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash

    7) Verify that the Flash plugin is disabled in Internet Explorer

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    Sources
    Group Policy Settings in Internet Explorer 10
    Uninstall Native Flash Player on Windows 8
    Last edited by Giga Hawk; 10 Sep 2012 at 09:44. Reason: Updated path to location in gpedit.msc. Thanks goes to @Hopachi
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  4. #14


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 PRO with Media Centre Upgrade x64


    Thanks for this, I have disabled (and uninstalled) the Flash add-on.
    But I found, on my W8 Pro x64 RTM system, that there was no "FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll", instead the dll was "NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll
    I ran regsvr32 /u on this dll, which gave the desired result.
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  5. #15


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Pardon my ignorance but is there a problem using Revo Uninstaller in advanced mode to remove Flash Player? Revo also removes all registry entries and cleans up any left over program fragments not removed by the Adobe uninstaller ... including add ons in IE10.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by lmod View Post
    Thanks for this, I have disabled (and uninstalled) the Flash add-on.
    But I found, on my W8 Pro x64 RTM system, that there was no "FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll", instead the dll was "NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll
    I ran regsvr32 /u on this dll, which gave the desired result.
    This worked. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Giga Hawk View Post
    ...
    2) gpedit.msc
    User Configuration-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Security Features-->Add-on Management
    Set "Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects" to Enable
    ...
    This also worked. Thank you too.

    Just a note:
    User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Security Features-->Add-on Management

    That's the full path in gpedit.msc but I found it easily.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (6.3.9600)


    Quote Originally Posted by lmod View Post
    Thanks for this, I have disabled (and uninstalled) the Flash add-on.
    But I found, on my W8 Pro x64 RTM system, that there was no "FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll", instead the dll was "NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll
    I ran regsvr32 /u on this dll, which gave the desired result.
    This is the latest version. You can check your flash plugin version here. If you find the NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll in %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash you probably won't have to uninstall Flash.
    I don't think this is the version that is shipped with Windows 8 RTM. Perhaps you have updated Flash somehow.

    A patched flash version for browsers other than Internet Explorer can be downloaded here.
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  8. #18


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by Giga Hawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lmod View Post
    Thanks for this, I have disabled (and uninstalled) the Flash add-on.
    But I found, on my W8 Pro x64 RTM system, that there was no "FlashUtil_ActiveX.dll", instead the dll was "NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll
    I ran regsvr32 /u on this dll, which gave the desired result.
    This is the latest version. You can check your flash plugin version here. If you find the NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll in %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash you probably won't have to uninstall Flash.
    I don't think this is the version that is shipped with Windows 8 RTM. Perhaps you have updated Flash somehow.

    A patched flash version for browsers other than Internet Explorer can be downloaded here.
    I think NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll is for FF or other browsers. I have FF and updated on 8/22.

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    Jim
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post

    I think NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll is for FF or other browsers. I have FF and updated on 8/22.

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    Jim
    I agree with Jim.

    After removing NPSWF64_11_4_402_265.dll, Waterfox and Chromium complained about missing plugin.
    Most of the other files belonged to ie10 and the report said 11.3.300 or something, so this one is out of date.

    Hopachi
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  10. #20


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    I just posted an update on this issue I spotted in my ZDNet newsletter: Microsoft to deliver Flash update to Windows 8 users 'shortly'
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