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Windows 7: Beware of latest Adobe Flash Player Update.

17 May 2014   #1
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Beware of latest Adobe Flash Player Update.

The attached image says it all. If you have automatic updates enabled then Adobe will install what I would class as malware onto your system.




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17 May 2014   #2
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

You may be correct, I have them set for notify me and I didn't see anything like that when I upgraded to 13.0.0.214 yesterday.


Learn more | Adobe Playpanel
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17 May 2014   #3
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Like you, I have mine as set to notify to, and not to install automatically and this was the message that popped up today. I lose track of the Adobe updates there being so many. It seems like only the other day that I did one.
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17 May 2014   #4
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Another angle on this may be that I usually go through Secunia PSI to do them. I searched for playpanel on my machine and it drew a blank.

Flash is getting as bad as Java, I wish everything went to HTML5 and be done with this mess. I scored 467 out of 555 on this test using Firefox 29.0.1, but IE10 only hit 315. I'm going to see if I can live without Flash on FF, I already know I don't need Java.
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17 May 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Another reason to use chrome. Install it and uninstall any other adobe flash plugins and be done with it.
No more flash plugins = more secure. Also, chrome tries to always use html5 whenever possible.
(Chrome has flash built in and is updated constantly by the browser itself, for those who didn't know.)
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17 May 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary either,
I always uninstall flash then re-download it after though,
I turn off or uncheck Adobe updater using msconfig but the normal download does not say anything about the features pointed out ?
I also browse with Flash disabled,
You'd be surprised on how many videos don't need flash even using ie10
Cheers.
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17 May 2014   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Flash Player Update

I didn't see anything "Playpanel" related either. Mind you Flash Player is set to never install updates. I tend to fully remove the old version before rebooting and then installing the latest version rather than let auto-updates take care of it. The auto-updates method often leaves remnants of old versions behind.

As for flash content I tend to use this FF add on in Cyberfox 64bit browser (no java enabled or even installed).

Restore Plugins Click To Play Per Element

It enables content only for the chosen element rather than the whole page:

Beware of latest Adobe Flash Player Update.-click-play.jpg

There's a similar feature built into Opera that doesn't require an add on to activate it. I can't comment on IE as I don't often use it.


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17 May 2014   #8
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not certain that that notice is saying anything about installing Playpanel. It looks like an "ad" within the notice. The "ad" starts after the words "engaging experiences" and ends with the address. A Guy
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