Microsoft issues the wrong Flash Player update

There have been a flurry of reports about the sudden appearance of Flash Player alerts or warnings with Internet Explorer 11 on Win8/8.1 and Win10, based on Adobe support posts (see, for example, the post, “Windows Update kb3087916 [August] is installing the DEBUG version of Flash ActiveX into IE11 …”). According to a My Online Security article, Microsoft sent out the debugging version of Flash for IE 11.

The warnings are simply annoying — they’re not flagging any infections and the affected sites are not downloading malware. As the aforementioned article notes, there is no way to uninstall the Flash update; your only option is to wait for Microsoft to correct the error.

If you want to check your installed version of Flash, head over to the Adobe Flash site and click the Check Now button; if you have the wrong version, you should see 18.0.0.232*(debug version)*. What you should have is simply Version 18.0.0.232.

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