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Installed Firefox, Now Need To Install Flash?


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#1 zombiewhacker

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:48 PM

System: XP SP3.

 

Recently installed Firefox to replace IE. Already I'm seeing a vast performance improvement in page loading and speed, but it seems like every third page I visit leads Firefox to prompt me as to whether I want to install Flash.

 

Never got these regular messages on IE, and I only stopped using IE about a week ago.

 

Is it normal to be getting also these Flash prompt messages? Also, is it safe to download/update Firefox from the message prompts, or am I better off going to Flash's main page and downloading it directly?



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:24 PM

If you go to the Adobe Flash Player Distribution | Adobe page, scroll down to the chart and select the "Download EXE Installer" for "Plugin-based browsers", you will avoid the extra bundled junk they try to push on you.



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 03:52 PM

That did the trick.  Thanks!



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 05:18 PM

The vast majority of pages may say they think you need flash but you only need it for a tiny proportion of the sites you visit. The most common use of flash is to deliver adverts, you don't want those as even if they are not malware they still slow your page-loading times. Once you have flash installed and working make sure to have it set "click to play", that way you only click on videos you want to watch (though many sites like youtube are moving to html 5 players) and far less ads will load. Don't download from any page that tells you a plugin is needed/out of date  always go to adobe's actual site. Firefox itself is updated by simply clicking on the "sandwich button" then the question mark button and then on "about firefox".  Flash should be updated through the computer's "control panel", there is usually a flash player options setting buried under there. 


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 01:49 AM

How do I set flash as "click to play"?



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 02:51 AM

Press the [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[A] key combination.  The "Add-ons Manager" tab/window will open.  Left-click on the "Plugins" icon on the left.

To the right of the "Shockwave Flash 'xx.x.x.xxx' " entry is a drop down menu, left click on that menu and select the "Ask to Activate" option.  Close the "Add-ons Manager" tab/window.






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