Make sure you remove old versions of Adobe Flash

If you run Secunia Software Inspector you may find that it alerts you to older, bug-ridden versions of Adobe Flash on your PC even if you have the latest version of Flash installed. That’s because old versions are not routinely uninstalled when you install the latest Flash version. Adobe says this is because of compatibility issues. This may well be so, but it’s also a security risk, so I suggest you uninstall this junk and live with any incompatibility problems. You can’t uninstall the old Flash versions from the Windows Control Panel Add/Remove programs applet, but you can use a special uninstaller [1] available from the Adobe Macromedia website. Many thanks to Cnet blogger Michael Horowitz who told me about this problem. You can read Michael’s own blog entry on Flash problems here [2] and again here [3].

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