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Flash Player finally gets automatic updates

Discussion in 'Other Security Related Discussions' started by Prorootect, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Prorootect

    Prorootect Well-Known Member

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    Flash Player finally gets automatic updates final flash topic for you ..

    Flash Player finally gets automatic updates : on geek.com : http://www.geek.com/articles/news/flash-player-finally-gets-automatic-updates-20120329/

    'Version 11.2.202.228, of the ubiquitous plug-in finally introduces an automatic update option — at least if you’re using a Windows computer. A preferences screen is presented once the installation completes, and users can choose whether to let Flash Player keep itself updated, receive notifications, or disable all update checking and surf with reckless abandon.' ..

    Hmm, I don't want this for me, because I don't want the extra process in the background.;) probably ..
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    WinAndLinuxTutorials Active Member

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    They must have thought of that ages ago.
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    illumination Well-Known Member

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    I had same thoughts as well as prefer to install manually to begin with. So i chose it to tell me when there are updates, so i can do so.
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    Gnosis Well-Known Member

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    Adobe ticks me off. I wish that there was an alternative. Adobe software has been responsible for many BSOD on my PC--and it had to do with some auto updates of theirs every time.
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    Now why couldn't they thought of that a while ago. Much better then manually update it or waiting for the popup to appear.
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    Huracan Administrator Staff Member

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    Another great thing about using Chrome, instead of standalone Flash Player.

    Need Help Understanding?
    http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-background-updates.html

    Installs an extra service? .. Yes
    Is it running? .. No.

    It uses Task Scheduler to enable service to check for updates. It's set to Manual, so it won't start on boot.
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    I don't like any auto updates, I turned it off.

    Bo
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    Littlebits Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I just noticed in my Event log that despite I choosing Flash not to check for updates, their update service gets a start after starting the computer. Does anyone knows how to get rid of this thing? If it cant be done, I might uninstall Flash and only install it in a dedicated sandbox when I need it.

    Bo
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    Littlebits Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Delete it from your Scheduled Tasks and disable it from your Windows Services.

    Thanks.:D
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    Ramblin Active Member

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    Yes, thanks Littlebits.

    Bo :)
  12. Prorootect

    Prorootect Well-Known Member

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    @ZOU: 'Adobe ticks me off. I wish that there was an alternative.'

    Look, look:

    free adobe flash player on Alternativeto.net : http://alternativeto.net/SearchResult.aspx?profile=all&platform=all&search=free+adobe+flash+player

    Nirsoft TurnFlash : http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tflash2.html

    ActiveX Filtering for Consumers : on IE blog: blogs.msdn.com : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/02/28/activex-filtering-for-consumers.aspx - Great idea for you!..;)

    .. and exclusively for you:
    FREE 'Flash and Pics Control' addon : on browsertools.net : http://www.browsertools.net/Flash-and-Pics-Control/ - 'Runs On: Windows 2000/XP/2003/2008/Vista/7 '

    My NEW topic here: Adobe Flash Player alternatives and controls : http://malwaretips.com/Thread-Adobe-Flash-Player-alternatives-and-controls

    Thank you!:D
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    I had the same issue as Bo. (Why do I hate Adobe?)

    Anyway, I went into scheduled tasks and deleted the task.

    Also, in PrivateFirewall I set anything and everything to do with the "updater" to "deny". (One nice thing about having a Firewall/HIPS/Process Monitor.)

    I also disabled the service within Windows.

    I can't say that I'm surprised that even though I elected "do not check for updates" it still sets up a scheduled task to check hourly!

    I confirmed this again this morning after installing the update on my wife's laptop.

    Pretty sad, really.
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    Even though I checked never to check for updates at time of installation and made sure never to check for updates was checked in settings, Adobe kept looking for an update.

    Lies from Adobe.
    https://blogs.adobe.com/asset/2012/03/an-update-for-the-flash-player-updater.html

    Bo
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    There is absolutely no excuse for it, Bo.

    To be forced to take the steps enumerated above just to enforce the option (which we elected) to not have them intrude upon our right to control our computer's operating systems is unconscionable in my humble opinion.

    I hope that someone will find a way to hold their feet to the fire via legal action.
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    Prorootect Well-Known Member

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    @Littlebits: '.. Adobe's bundled adware included in their installers ..'

    Adobe pushes crapware with latest Flash update : on geek.com : http://www.geek.com/articles/news/adobe-pushes-crapware-with-latest-flash-update-20120330/
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    Not a good thing, beside of gave scary tactics it adds unnecessary processes and files on a system when accidentally installed.
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    Littlebits Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Doesn't surprise me, they have been pushing crapware for awhile now, finally users are starting to take notice of it. Usually the crapware is selected by default, you have to manually unselect it.

    That's why I prefer to use Alternative Flash Player Auto Updater, it just installs the flash updates silently with no crap included. Hardly uses any system resources and no system services or scheduled tasks.

    Thanks.:D
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    This installers don't come with anything bundled. Get it here next time.
    http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

    Bo :D
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    @bo.elam

    Control Panel>Flash Player>Advanced Tab>NEVER CHECK FOR UPDATES

    Is that what you want?

    You might try MSCONFIG>Startup or Services.

    If all else fails, utilize "Autoruns"

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