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    Adobe Flash Player 11 freezes my computer

    I was using Adobe Flash Player 11 without problems until a week ago. Then I started getting pop ups stating that Adobe Flash Player 11 wanted to open a particular program. Clicking "yes" or "no" had no effect on the program. Each time my computer froze and I had to do a restart. Has anyone else had this problem with Adobe Flash Player 11? Does anyone know what causes this problem?

    Since I deleted Adobe Flash Player 11 from my computer, this problem ceased.

    Thank you.

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    It's possible that your flash installation was corrupted. I have both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Flash 11 and have experienced no freezes. Have you checked in Control Panel, Programs and Features to ensure no other versions of Flash are still install? If so I woud try a reinstall of Flash. Be sure to uncheck the piggybacked Google Toolbar. Many people miss this piggybacked extra app.
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    Thanks Ted. I checked Control Panel > Programs and Features and there was no duplicate copy of Adobe Flash Player 11. I will do a re-install and see if I run into this problem again.

    Have a good one...

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    Ted just touched lightly on this ever increasing problem. (Thank you Ted)

    Every time I install anything nowadays, I have to read every line of every window that opens up during the install process, because even with programs that I've known, used and trusted for years, they all want to install something additional. You have to go through and UN-Check all those little boxes where additional programs are being offered.

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER take any tool bars. Tool-bars can be a huge security loophole (problem). Just stay safe and keep all the tool-bars off of your PC. Companies have an ulterior motive for getting their tool-bars onto your computer and it's NOT for YOUR benefit.

    When you've installed anything like, Adobe Reader, Java, Flash, Shockwave, etc., those programs like to install an auto-updater, usually in your Startup folder.
    Look for those things and UN-Check them so they don't run.
    START > Run > msconfig > Startup

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    These extra toolbars and the auto updaters that many apps automatically install drive me nuts. I am constantly looking for this junk and stopping them. I have a nice little app I use to permanently get rid of them. It's called What's In Startup. It works great for just this kind of stuff. The download link is a ways down the page.

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    Thanks Ted and Dr. Who. I will remove my toolbars and also download What's in Startup.

    You all have a very good one,

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    Toolbars bad! Editing startup menus good!
    If you are using CCleaner just click on the menu on the left for tools, then startup, then highlight each and right click to enable or disable them individually, works great!

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    I've been using AnVir Task Manager Free for going on four years. It watches for anything to be added to Startup, warns me, and offers to either allow it, quarantine it or delete it.

    What I've not yet found a way of doing is preventing RealPlayer (which I use only rarely) from starting a persistent background task that survives every hibernate until the next restart.

    AnVir is also arguably a total replacement for Process Explorer (which is surely what everyone is now using in preference to Task Manager). If you don't fancy AnVir, I used StartupMonitor for several years before that - it just does what it says.

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    I just updated my flash player this morning and when I did, I got a message saying that Adobe Flash Player 11 does not play well with Real Player and to disable or uninstall the Real Player plug-in. It has directions from the Adobe page for the Firefox browser and Internet Explorer. Here is the link: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/402/kb402903.html Hope this helps!

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    My counsel is to totally remove Real Player and use something benign. I use VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html which very recently upgraded to v2.0. I keep up-to-date flash player 64-bit and have never had any problem with the two.

    FWIW, I watch a fair amount of DVDs on my computer and very much like that with VLC you can go forward or back 3 seconds, 10 seconds, one minute, or 5 minutes with easy keyboard combinations (and you can change these default times if need be).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakdale View Post
    What I've not yet found a way of doing is preventing RealPlayer (which I use only rarely) from starting a persistent background task that survives every hibernate until the next restart.
    That is Windows working as designed!

    Hibernate is basically another form of sleep where all running tasks/services are suspended to disk and re-activated when the PC is woken up.

    Unless you kill the task before hibernating it will restart.

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    A couple of notes:
    While I agree with killing "speed launchers" and "auto-updaters" like Adobe Reader and Java insist on. I do it on my own machine, but leave the auto-updaters on anyone else's. More than 80% of the calls I get to clean out viruses turn out to be Java exploits, and most of those systems had security software (any kind: Microsoft, Norton 360, Kaspersky, you name it) intact at the time of the infection. What they did not have was updated versions of Java, Flash, Reader, Quicktime, etc. I have tried setting people up with Secunia's PSI program, but have not had much luck getting novice users to make sure it is working, so it hasn't worked well there and it also drains the system itself. The best I have been able to do is to talk over with the user what software is installed on their system and remind them that when these programs prompt you to update, it is almost always a security update- you need to do it.

    The warning about Flash and Real Player only applies if you use Real Player to download flash videos (probably its most popular use these days). If you use Real Player strictly for music and/or non-Flash video, you can ignore the message. If you DO want to use it with Flash, you just need to download the latest version of Real Player - but beware if you have a paid plus version, it will not apply to the new version.

    As for toolbars, a preacher once told me in the old days the greatest fear was a continual burn; nowadays hell is better described as toolbars and infomercials. I remember coming to work on someone's machine and on their full-sized monitor and their full-screen browser window, they had 8 toolbars and less than 2 inches of actual viewable webpage...

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