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Install flash player update message reminders are broken!

New Here ,
Jun 23, 2018 Jun 23, 2018

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Anytime I get now a flashplayer update reminder, I tend to ignore it because it is a waste of time!

The same update is repeatedly offered for update and when it already happened - done before - people loose interest.

So why is this counter-productive behavior happening?

Here are my flashplayer updates - you can see for yourself, how often the 28 version has been offered and downloaded but was a dup.

This behavior kills interest and killing the demand, maybe intended?

rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 23. Jun 10:47  flashplayer30ppau_ha_install-Again.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 10. Jun 21:52  flashplayer30ppau_ha_install.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720  5. May 10:31  flashplayer29ppau_ha_install-2.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 14. Apr 07:55  flashplayer29ppau_ha_install.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 17. Dec 2017  'flashplayer28ppau_ha_install (3).exe'

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 17. Dec 2017  'flashplayer28ppau_ha_install(2).exe'

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 16. Dec 2017  'flashplayer28ppau_ha_install (1).exe'

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1204720 16. Dec 2017   flashplayer28ppau_ha_install.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1201256  8. Apr 2017   flashplayer25_xa_install.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1198288 29. Oct 2016   flashplayer23ppau_ha_install.exe

-rwx------+ 1 nobody nobody    1055936 14. Mar 2015   install_flashplayer17x32ppau_mssa_aaa_aih.exe

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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Flash Player will continue to prompt you to install the update until you either install it or configure the system to not remind you of an update.

According to the file names posted, the vast majority are Flash Player PPAPI plugin for Chromium-based browsers.  If you only use Chrome there is no need to install Flash Player separately as Google embeds Flash Player in Chrome and updates for the embedded version of Flash Player are released by Google.

Again, it doesn't appear to be malfunctioning, only that you either need to install the update, or configure Flash to not check for updates.

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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So - you are telling me, to take an action to avoid a repeated automatic popup to install something unnecessary is OK and not a malfunction?

I'd say, get a life!

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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Flash Player update functionality has been the same for years.  It's not something new.  When a user installs Flash Player, there are 3 update options:

  • Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended): this option opts the system into background updates, which means Flash Player is updated silently in the background without user interaction.
  • Notify me to install updates:  Does just that - notify the user to install updates when they are available
  • Never check for updates (not recommended): Does just that - does not notify user of any updates.

Based on your comments it sounds like your system is configured to notify for updates.  Therefore, this option was either selected when Flash Player was installed, or if the 1st option was selected, it switched to notify after 7 failed attempts at updating in the background

To verify the current update option, post a screenshot of the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items > Flash Player > Updates tab.

Of course, ff you feel Flash Player is unnecessary, uninstall it.  There is no need to have software installed if you do not want it.  The uninstaller is posted at Uninstall Flash Player for Windows

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