How to Repair Adobe Flash Player – Screenshots

Adobe Flash PlayerDo you watch videos online? These days, its not uncommon to get deceived into clicking a link to see some cool video that ended up prompting you to download a plugin first before you could view it. The video link could be something you received in an email, a Facebook friend, or a link you just found yourself while Googling. Whatever the case, many people are getting tricked into downloading fake Flash Players and other malicious plugins which can corrupt your Internet Browser and its plugins, not to mention causing Windows to become unstable, or worse yet … getting ripped-off online. Don’t depend solely on your virus and spyware protection software to protect you against threats you invited in yourself, even if you were deceived. When in doubt about downloading some plugin, find out what it is first, whether it is safe or not, and download it directly from the author’s official website, rather than from some pop-up window you aren’t sure about. While many missing plugin prompts are legitimate, it only takes one that isn’t legit to infect your computer.

I can say that watching YouTube videos on their Official Website is pretty safe as far as malware goes, although I might be careful about clicking any links in the description below the video. But have you ever tried to watch some animated content on the internet such as a YouTube video and saw one of the following messages in the list below?

  • Install Missing Plugins
  • You need to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player to watch this video
  • Upgrade Your Flash Player for Improved Playback Performance

If you have already tried the normal methods to get Flash Player working by following the prompts in your browser, and it still won’t work, then your Flash Player plugin is probably corrupt, and maybe even your internet browser itself. Read on to learn how you can easily remove and reinstall your Flash Player to correct most problems people have with Flash.

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firefox missing flashplayer

Your internet browser will prompt you to "Install Missing Plugins" such as Flash Player if you open a webpage that uses Flash and your Flash Player is missing or corrupt.

firefox missing flashplayer

Your internet browser will prompt you to install or upgrade Flash Player if you try to view content that uses Flash and your Flash Player is missing or corrupt.

If you have already tried clicking on all the links such as “Install Missing Plugins”, “Upgrade now”, etc, and you still can’t install Flash Player, fixing this may be as simple as removing and reinstalling Adobe Flash Player. Just follow the procedure below:

Uninstalling Adobe Flash Player

uninstalling flash player

Download Flash Player Uninstaller to your desktop.

Uninstall Flash Player

Click Save File

Uninstall Flash Player

Save the file to your Desktop

Uninstall Flash Player

Optional: I usually click Clear and then Close this Window

Uninstall Flash Player

Right-Click Flash Player Uninstaller and Run as administrator

Uninstall Flash Player

Click Uninstall

Uninstall Flash Player

Click Done

Install Adobe Flash Player

Once you have removed the old Flash Player plugins, then you can download and install the latest version. I suggest downloading the stub installer for Flash Player directly from Adobe’s website, rather than installing it  directly through the browser, you will have more success.

  • Download the latest version of Flash Player at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
  • Close any running user applications such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Messaging programs, etc.
  • I suggest you save the file to your Desktop
Install Flash Player

Choose the "Different Operating System or Browser" method to download the stub installer. It is your option if you want it bundled with 3rd party software such as Google Chrome or McAfee Security Scan.

Install Flash Player

Download the Windows versions for both IE and Other browsers. Again, it is your option if you want it bundled with 3rd party software such as Google Chrome or McAfee Security Scan.

Install Flash Player

Click Save File

Install Flash Player

Save the file to the Desktop

Install Flash Player

Optional: I usually click Clear and then Close this Window

Install Flash Player

Right-Click Flash Player installer and Run as administrator

Install Flash Player

Click Yes to accept the UAC prompt

Install Flash Player

Clich Finish when done

Install Flash Player

That's It! When Flash works, YouTube works!

Flash Player Issues with Internet Explorer

I don’t see too many Flash Player issues with Firefox, but you are more likely to have flash issues with Internet Explorer, especially after a malware infection. If the above procedure does not get Flash Player working for you in Internet Explorer, then go to Internet Explorer and Reset Internet Explorer Settings. If you don’t have this option, then you are running an old version of Internet Explorer and should upgrade to the latest version. To upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, visit http://spywarepreventionguy.com/internet-explorer-9-released.

Reset Internet Explorer Settings

In Internet Explorer, Click: Tools > Internet Options > Advanced and then click Reset. When you restart Internet Explorer, you will be prompted to perform a few setup steps.

 

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