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HELP NEEDED RE Adobe Flash Player - ActionScript Error

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    HELP NEEDED RE Adobe Flash Player - ActionScript Error


    Popup occurred after installing recent updates and restarting computer. Security error #2148: SWF file. I don't know what to do. The pop-up keeps appearing and have no idea what I'm suppose to do. Could this have been caused by the IE Flash Player for Windows 8.1 for 64-based Systems KB3087916 that was installed today? The popup has a "dismiss...." or something to that effect, option as well. What do I do?

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    Posts : 4
    win 8.1

    How unusual, a duff windows update


    Hi Juliet
    This is for win 8.1 but I think 7 is roughly the same.
    Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates
    and click on kb3087916 and then click uninstall.
    Some people would say you need to boot windows in safe mode to do this. I would recommend you do this if it makes you feel safer, but this is the problem update - I haven't had the error since.
    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over, so go into control panel/windows update and select the "Download updates but let me choose" option. Windows will not then automatically install updates that cause problems should then give you the option of unchecking the problem one.

    Regards, Shadow.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over
    You could wait & see if it is offered again as an available update & view it & right click it & click "Hide".
    It should never show up again.

    I have Windows Update set to notify me about updates & they only get downloaded if I choose to download them.
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet68 View Post
    Popup occurred after installing recent updates and restarting computer. Security error #2148: SWF file. I don't know what to do. The pop-up keeps appearing and have no idea what I'm suppose to do. Could this have been caused by the IE Flash Player for Windows 8.1 for 64-based Systems KB3087916 that was installed today? The popup has a "dismiss...." or something to that effect, option as well. What do I do?
    Had the exact same issue after Tuesday's Updates and I figured KB3087916 was the culprit. Uninstalled it and issue was no longer. First time I have had any issues with a Flash Update but since this is some sort of security update I will likely try to reinstall in a few days and see what happens. I don't have much confidence in any of the MS Updates anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjack View Post
    Hi Juliet
    This is for win 8.1 but I think 7 is roughly the same.
    Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates
    and click on kb3087916 and then click uninstall.
    Some people would say you need to boot windows in safe mode to do this. I would recommend you do this if it makes you feel safer, but this is the problem update - I haven't had the error since.
    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over, so go into control panel/windows update and select the "Download updates but let me choose" option. Windows will not then automatically install updates that cause problems should then give you the option of unchecking the problem one.

    Regards, Shadow.
    Shadowjack, your first post..........welcome to Windows 8 Forum. Thank you so much for the info. I have been searching articles that would address my problem on the internet and read all kinds of stuff but they were all so vague. The hubby said to just get rid of Adobe Flash Player but after I reminded him that he needs it to play his games, he wasn't too keen on that idea. Re your comment about safe mode, how does one do that? I think I'm in safe mode but I can't remember where I read the info. I already have the option to choose the updates I want but I had no idea this update would cause such problems. I guess one should never update Adobe Flash Player. Thanks again for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over
    You could wait & see if it is offered again as an available update & view it & right click it & click "Hide".
    It should never show up again.


    I have Windows Update set to notify me about updates & they only get downloaded if I choose to download them.
    I think I'll be hiding all Adobe Flash Player's updates after this fiasco.......why does MS do this to us????!
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet68 View Post
    Popup occurred after installing recent updates and restarting computer. Security error #2148: SWF file. I don't know what to do. The pop-up keeps appearing and have no idea what I'm suppose to do. Could this have been caused by the IE Flash Player for Windows 8.1 for 64-based Systems KB3087916 that was installed today? The popup has a "dismiss...." or something to that effect, option as well. What do I do?
    Had the exact same issue after Tuesday's Updates and I figured KB3087916 was the culprit. Uninstalled it and issue was no longer. First time I have had any issues with a Flash Update but since this is some sort of security update I will likely try to reinstall in a few days and see what happens. I don't have much confidence in any of the MS Updates anymore.
    You're not the only one who doesn't have much confidence in updates. I'll really have to read the update info very thoroughly now.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    I help administer a network in the education environment. We use WSUS Server infrastructure to push Windows security updates to all of our clients. Yesterday I started to find similar issues as posted in this forum. For Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Server 2012 (Internet Explorer 11) Flash is updated with updates that Microsoft releases. We update our Windows 7 clients with MSI packages that Adobe releases for Flash Active X. We update all of our clients with MSI packages that Adobe releases for Flash NPAPI Plugin.

    During my tested I found the problem to only be occurring on Windows 8.X workstations running IE. So I suspected that there was something with the update that Microsoft released for Flash (KB3087916). I manually removed it from a few test VMs I have running and found that the problem no longer appeared to exist when I was running the last version released prior to this 18.0.0.209.

    I ended up setting up our WSUS Server to approve for Removal KB3087916 until the issue has been resolved. This is the first post that I have found that helps confirm my suspicion that KB3087916 appears to be broken.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet68 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over
    You could wait & see if it is offered again as an available update & view it & right click it & click "Hide".
    It should never show up again.


    I have Windows Update set to notify me about updates & they only get downloaded if I choose to download them.
    I think I'll be hiding all Adobe Flash Player's updates after this fiasco.......why does MS do this to us????!
    Just my opinion-
    I think Microsoft uses customers to test updates instead of doing proper R&D.
    I could be wrong.
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    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjack View Post
    Hi Juliet
    This is for win 8.1 but I think 7 is roughly the same.
    Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates
    and click on kb3087916 and then click uninstall.
    Some people would say you need to boot windows in safe mode to do this. I would recommend you do this if it makes you feel safer, but this is the problem update - I haven't had the error since.
    Windows will keep trying to install this update until hell freezes over, so go into control panel/windows update and select the "Download updates but let me choose" option. Windows will not then automatically install updates that cause problems should then give you the option of unchecking the problem one.

    Regards, Shadow.
    Thanks Showdow, for the fix. mine is doing the same.
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