How to Stop Flash Player Pop Ups

by Ashley Bustamante

Flash Player is a plug-in created by Adobe that is used to run videos, games and animations in the Adobe Flash format. When a new version of the player is released, a window automatically pops up in the user's browser, requesting an update. For some, these update windows can be annoying, especially when new versions are frequently released. Fortunately, you can stop these pop-ups either by updating the Flash Player or by turning off updates.

Updating Flash Player

Click on the "Install Now" button when the update window pops up. Typically, this window will have the Adobe logo and say "An update to your Adobe Flash Player is available."

Follow the steps in the update wizard, which will start automatically after you click "Install Now."

Restart your browser for the update to take effect.

Turning Off Updates

Enter the Global Notifications Settings panel on the Adobe Support site (see Resources).

Un-check the box that says "Notify me when an update to Adobe Flash Player is available." This will turn off updates so you will no longer receive the Flash Player pop-ups.

Close the Web browser to save your settings.

Tips

  • If you have installed the latest version of Flash Player and are still getting update pop-ups, completely uninstall and reinstall Flash Player.
  • Since the Global Notifications Settings panel is run through the browser, your settings may be changed when you clear your browser history and cookies. You may need to visit the panel again and recheck your desired settings.

Warning

  • Sometimes Flash update pop-ups are actually fakes designed to look like the original. These can install viruses or lead to phishing sites. If you are unsure whether an update is really available, visit Adobe's website and download the update directly from there.

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