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Poll: Shockwave Flash Plugin (13 member(s) have cast votes)

Have you disabled the Flash plug-in?

  1. Yes (2 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  2. No (11 votes [84.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 84.62%

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#1 Chrominator


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

Adobe Flash Player plug-in is integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default but do you actually need it? Flash plugin is the most vulnerable and unstable plugin which hinders the browsing experience. Check the top 10 most vulnerable software list.
Flash plug-in is still in use because of some popular Flash based gaming and video websites. If you use YouTube only for watching videos and play the games made in HTML5, then you are wasting your system resources and spoiling your browsing experience.
If you press Shift+Esc in Chrome to launch the Task manager, you will see Shockwave Flash plug-in gets active whenever it detects a Flash content on the web. In the screenshot below the Flash plugin is using 15 MB of RAM for displaying a simple banner ad on Winmatrix. The memory usages increases up to 100 MB if you open 5 to 8 tabs.
How to disable Flash plug-in in Chrome?

  • Type chrome:plugins in the address bar of Chrome and hit Enter.
  • Click on Disable under Adobe Flash Player
  • Restart the browser

Note: If you've previously installed Adobe Flash Player separately, you'll see two files listed for the plug-in. If both are listed as enabled, the version bundled with Chrome will be used. To enable or disable a specific version of Adobe Flash Player, click Details in the upper-right corner of the page. Then click the Enable or Disable link for the version of Adobe Flash Player you want to enable or disable. The file pepflashplayer.dll is the Flash Player plug-in integrated with Chrome and NPSWF32.dll or NPSWF32_*_*_*_*.dll is the system plug-in.
Switch to HTML5 version of YouTube Player

Please vote in the poll and comment if you have disabled the Flash plug-in or not. :)

#2 ~{/^OoMoO^\}~


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:59 PM

Nice article but I think it will take another 2 or 3 years when Internet will be plugin free.

#3 FalseAgent


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

Unlike what many people would like to suggest, Flash isn't THAT bad. The HTML5 player is woefully incomplete in comparison to the flash player.

#4 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

Guys remember, some old videos hosted on Youtube don't support its HTML5 player. 


I've enabled HTML5 player on YouTube but my Flash plugin is also enabled.

#5 D7777



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

YouTube shows a notification that you need to install Flash even if you switch to HTML5 player.

#6 Villain


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:31 PM

I saw this....




Additional Restrictions (we are working on these!)
  • Videos with ads are not supported (they will play in the Flash player)


That's not a bug, thats a feature!

Anyway, enabled HTML5 here, just to see how it goes.

#7 FalseAgent


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

oh and I forgot to mention, HTML5 video is not hardware-accelerated, but videos that use the flash player are.

#8 JKTJogi



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

It's now practice to disable Flash. iPad and latest Android tablets don't support Flash. You don't miss much of the web content.

#9 Liskiller


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:20 AM

Keep the Flash plugin installed guys. WebM is a broken promise!

#10 FalseAgent


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

Keep the Flash plugin installed guys. WebM is a broken promise!

WebM only created more problems for HTML5 video. It's so dumb, but Google chose to pursue it in the name of "openness"

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