How to Fix Problems With Flash Player on a Computer

When Adobe Flash Player is not installed on a computer, it limits browsing capabilities and user interactivity on many websites. There are several ways to fix problems with Flash. In many instances, Flash does not operate because the latest version is not installed on your computer.

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For Browsers with Visible Flash Icon

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Click on the icon.

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Click Run when a new window appears asking for permission to run the latest version.

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Read and accept the user agreement. The latest version will automatically install. Give the software some time to complete downloading.

For Browsers With No Visible Flash Icon

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Uninstall the current version of Flash Player installed on your computer. To do so, download the Adobe Flash Uninstaller at adobe.com. Save the Uninstaller on your hard drive.

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Close all windows in your browser and open the "Uninstaller" where it is stored on your computer. Run the Uninstaller. Select "Finish" when it prompts.

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Proceed to open your web browser. Click on "Tools" located on your home webpage’s toolbar and select Internet Options. Click on the "Security Tab" and select "Custom Level."

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Select "ActiveX" controls and plug-ins. Click on "Download Signed ActiveX" controls.

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Click “Run ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins to Prompt.” Download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (See Resources). Proceed to Step 2 in the previous section.

ActiveX Error Messages

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Click on the yellow security bar under your webpage’s toolbar.

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Click on the note that states “Your current security settings put your computer at risk.

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Select “Allowed Blocked Content.”