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How to remove or update Flash Player on a Mac, fix blocked Flash plug-in

Karen Haslam | June 21, 2016
Flash Player seems to be one of the most insecure and pointless pieces of software, so with yet another security vulnerability we ask if it might be better to remove it all together

6. Double click on the installer

7. Click on Install Adobe Flash Player

8. This window appears whenever you download an app from the internet, it's designed to protect you if the app might not be legitimate. You know that this is a legitimate download from Adobe. Click Open

9. Add your password

10. Wait for the install

11. You will have to close any programs that also require Flash before you can install the update, click Close All

12. Click Continue

13. Wait for the install

14. Click Finish

Why is Flash Player not working on my web browser?

You may see a "Flash out-of-date" button on the web page, which when clicked directs you to visit Adobe's website and download Flash from there.

You may also see the alert: "Blocked Plug-in" when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.

Flash Player will often stop working on a Mac. This is a common problem. Apple will block Flash if the version on your system is out of date. By stopping older versions of Flash from running Apple is able to guard against security vulnerabilities that could allow malware to be delivered to your Mac via Flash Player.

You might be glad to see the back of Flash if it means you don't have to watch web ads, but many of the UK on demand channels still use it, such as All4. However, iPlayer has now moved away from Flash to HTML5 so it may only be a matter of time before the others catch up.

Blocked plug-in for All4, how do I get it back?

While blocking Flash might mean However you are being greeted by fewer adverts, you will no doubt have noticed that All4 (previously 4OD) and other on demand services no longer work. Follow the guide below to reinstall Flash.

Should I update Flash Player?

You may find you can live without Flash Player. There was a time when lots of websites relied on Flash, but now-a-days sites are gravitating towards HTML5.

One of the main users of Flash was YouTube, but now Google's YouTube defaults to HTML5.

Can you live without Flash? If you aren't watching 4OD and other sites that require Flash on the Mac, you may find you can survive without it. But there may be things that stop working that you do need including some web apps.

If you can live without these apps then not having Flash running on your Mac may protect you from malware, and you may also benefit because your browser will not be suffering from crashes due to faults in Flash.


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