How to disable or uninstall Flash on your Windows computer

With recent news of critical zero day vulnerabilities found in Adobe Flash plugin, Mozilla firefox and Google Chrome browsers have already blocked adobe flash plugins. Current vulnerabilities can allow potential remote code execution. With exploit active in public, you may want to protect your Windows computer by uninstalling or disabling adobe flash on your computer.

How to disable flash for Internet Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on "Settings" (gear icon on top right in Internet Explorer), and click on "Manage Add-ons" to open "Manage Add-ons" Window.
    Internet explorer Manage ad-ons menu
  3. In "Manage Add-ons" window, select "All add-ons" under "Show" drop-down box.
    Internet explorer Manage ad-ons
  4. Right click on "Shockwave Flash Object" under "Microsoft Windows Third Party Application Component" and click on "Disable" in pop-up menu.
    Disable Shockwave Flash Object
  5. Close "Manage Add-ons" window.

How to disable flash for Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.
  2. Click on "More actions" link. This is link with three dots (...) at right side on menu bar. In "More actions" menu, Click on "Settings" to open Settings screen.
    Click on More actions link
  3. In "Settings" screen , scroll down to end and click on "View advanced settings" button.
    click on View advanced settings
  4. In "Advanced settings" screen, set "Use Adobe Flash Player" slider to Off.
  5. Set Use Adobe Flash Player to Off
  6. Close "Advanced settings" screen.

How to uninstall flash for all browsers in Windows

If you want to uninstall flash for all browsers on your computer, follow below steps:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. In "Control Panel", click on "Uninstall a program" under "Programs".
    Control panel uninstall a program
  3. In "Uninstall or change a program" screen, right click on all programs/plugins name beginning with "Adobe Flash Player" and click on "Uninstall" to install them.
    Uninstall Adobe Flash Player