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Windows 7: How do I stop adobe flashplayer 11.8.800.175 update reminder popups?


26 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How do I stop adobe flashplayer 11.8.800.175 update reminder popups?

I don't know if anyone else has encountered this issue with the adobe flashplayer 11.8.800.175 which I recently installed, about 2 weeks ago.

Despite choosing not to automatically update itself at installation, it keeps popping up every few days to ask me to update at Windows startup.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled to no avail.

Even in the Control Panel the settings are to 'Never check for updates'

If anyone has a solution, it would be very helpful.

Also for now, I have disabled it in Firefox because the plugin kept crashing all the time.


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26 Oct 2013   #2

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Hello solutions , Welcome to the forums.. I find it actually needed to keep that updated to prevent security issues.. you may want to keep flashplayer upgraded.. might solve the crash issue also..
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26 Oct 2013   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I would also suggest installing the latest version, which always includes various security updates.

Adobe - Install Adobe Flash Player

There is some concern whether the popup is legit, and not malware. When you install Flash, it will give the choice to Never check for updates (Not recommended)



This is marked not recommended as many don't keep their programs updated, and Flash is one of those programs that is actively targeted for exploits in older versions (such as yours).

A Guy
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27 Oct 2013   #4

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

This is a good read about Adobe flash,
How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security
Next time you get a popup message take a screen shot of it,
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots
I have my settings to notify me to install updates and haven't got any lately so the messages could be coming from the webpages and not Adobe which I wouldn't update Adobe products just because a website popup with the message,
Cheers.
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27 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
This is a good read about Adobe flash,
How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security
Next time you get a popup message take a screen shot of it,
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots
I have my settings to notify me to install updates and haven't got any lately so the messages could be coming from the webpages and not Adobe which I wouldn't update Adobe products just because a website popup with the message,
Cheers.
Thanks for the links.

I found much of the same information before posting the issue here and checked and re-checked it out with the settings on my machine.

The popup doesn't come from a webpage, but at Windows startup, before any other program starts running.
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27 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks all for your replies.

I will uninstall and install the latest version and see if it happens again.

Having said that, a reputable company like Adobe should be capable of producing software that respects settings as announced to the user at installation.

It may simply be a bug that needs to be fixed, but I'm not so sure. With everything happening in the world of technology about tracking and surveillance, you can never be sure of anything these days.

Will report back with the outcome with the new version installation in a few days.
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27 Oct 2013   #7

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

You may want to run free Malwarebytes and free Superantispyware to check for any issues.. beside your anti virus program.. then when they say you are clean. make a restore pt.. then try a fresh install of adobe products from adobe.com
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28 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I would also suggest installing the latest version, which always includes various security updates.

Adobe - Install Adobe Flash Player

There is some concern whether the popup is legit, and not malware. When you install Flash, it will give the choice to Never check for updates (Not recommended)



This is marked not recommended as many don't keep their programs updated, and Flash is one of those programs that is actively targeted for exploits in older versions (such as yours).

A Guy

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
You may want to run free Malwarebytes and free Superantispyware to check for any issues.. beside your anti virus program.. then when they say you are clean. make a restore pt.. then try a fresh install of adobe products from adobe.com


It's my policy to never let a program do automatic updates.
If I were to do that, my computer will never rest and I don't trust any company for that matter.
I choose when it's suitable for me to update.
However, I never go for more than 6 months to a year without updating this particular flashplayer, simply because you use it almost all the time, on almost any website now.

I have a fresh install of Windows 7 only old from about a month.
After installing Windows updates, I then installed flashplayer from the same link you've given above, choosing settings for both Firefox and IE not to automatically updates, like shown from your screenshot above.
About a week or so later, the popup started showing. I supposed that I didn't choose the right settings and therefore uninstalled and re-installed again.
But yet, it keeps happening. That's when I started looking for a solution.

As for Firefox, the plugin will now and then have difficulty starting and running only to end up crashing with an error message.
I got fed up with it last week and disabled it.

My antivirus, MacAFee hasn't found anything.

I see the new version is 11.9.900.117. I will first install it before doing anything else and see if it happens again.
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28 Oct 2013   #9

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Adobe flash usually has a security update once a month.. It would be wise to update it regulary.. not at 6 month intervals. In My Humble Opinion. But.. do as you wish..
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28 Oct 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
Adobe flash usually has a security update once a month.. It would be wise to update it regulary.. not at 6 month intervals. In My Humble Opinion. But.. do as you wish..
I concur. Doing this is one of the worst things you could do. It is your machine, and if you wish to keep doing so that is your choice. But its not recommended at all. If your worried about surveillance or people poking around in your pc, you should be updating more frequently, not the opposite. Flaw fixes and patches are released for a reason. Unless its the government your worried about, in which case it does not matter what you do. They got your data if they really want it.

If you are a little paranoid, run a Virtual Machine and then do with it what you want, but I would keep your main os up to date.
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