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New Here ,
Dec 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020

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I am trying to remove Flash Player from Windows 10. If I use the uninstaller on the app list, the program is removed, but upon restart, it reappears in my app list. The same thing happens if I use the Adobe uninstaller. And I have used the Microsoft uninstall they pushed out a few weeks ago.

 

The program is listed in my apps list as Adobe Flash Player 28 PPAPI.

 

To be clear, I am not talking about the Flash embedded in browsers, but the Flash program on my computer.

 

Any advice? I'm guessing there is some instruction in there somewhere telling adobe to install.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Now that you can get through chkdsk, try all the other stuff again.

 

Run the uninstaller: 
https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html

 

You should be able to confirm that the relevant folders are empty/gone after you run it.


If it's back after you reboot, something external to us is reinstalling it.  I'd look at the list of applications that start up automatically as a next step.

 

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Thank you for your continuing help!

It comes back after reboot.
I just went through a thorough review of my computer with Malwarebytes. They feel confident there is no virus on my computer.

I have disabled every Adobe program in my start up. Here's the current list:

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LEGEND ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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We know Adobe won't be installing it, so disabling Adobe apps won't help. The list of things started is also much, much more than this list.

 

But let's take a step back. What exactly is installed? For example a specific named file or folder? And after you uninstall, have you verified that it is gone? You say "The program is listed in my apps list" but the apps list can't really be used to prove anything. What is the file, specifically? And indeed, what is the program, since FLASH ISN'T AN APP!! It might be something pretending to be Flash, for example.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Aha! I realise I was fooled by your screen shot which looks like a Mac, but is in fact Windows, as you told us before. So, let's not look in the list of installed apps, which isn't always reliable. What about actual files or folders?

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Here's the results of a C: drive Flash search:

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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As posted various times in this thread, the application to which I am referring is listed in my program applications as: Adobe Flash Player 28 PPAPI

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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And here is a screen shot of the results of a Flash search in C:/Windows

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