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My antivirus keeps saying adobe flash is a virus even though i never updated it.

New Here ,
Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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My antivirus keeps saying that adobe flash is a virus even though i never updated it since 6 years ago.

And It also says that on my laptop that is from this year.

I got really confused when I did nothing on it nor opened it since 3 years ago,and it said that only this week.

I would like to know anything about this.

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Adobe Employee , Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
There's no way for us to know what the criteria your antivirus is using to detect if something is a virus or not, however, having a 6 year old version of Flash Player installed on your system poses a security risk as there have been many, many releases since then addressing a myriad of actively exploited security issues. If you don't use Flash Player (noted by your comment "nor opened it since 3 years ago") there really is no point in you having Flash Player installed.  I recommend uninstalling ...

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Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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What is the EXACT message you are getting about Flash? And why didn't you update it, that's a huge risk to take?

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Adobe Employee ,
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There's no way for us to know what the criteria your antivirus is using to detect if something is a virus or not, however, having a 6 year old version of Flash Player installed on your system poses a security risk as there have been many, many releases since then addressing a myriad of actively exploited security issues.


If you don't use Flash Player (noted by your comment "nor opened it since 3 years ago") there really is no point in you having Flash Player installed.  I recommend uninstalling it:

 

Mac: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html

Windows: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html

 

Note that these uninstallers do not remove Flash Player that is emdedded in the browser and managed by the browser vendor (Chrome and IE/Edge)

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New Here ,
Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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The reason why I had not updated it since 6 years ago,is because I took out my computer from 6 years ago because I had no place to put it in and I just opened it up,and I tried updating it,but my antivirus kept stopping me from updating it.

Thank you for your help,I will uninstall it now.

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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You're welcome.

 

I thought you were referring to a system that was currently in use and had not been updated for 6 years.

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