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  1. Deactivation of Flash cripples Chinese railroad for a day Railroad officials were blindsided by the long-scheduled deactivation of Flash. Enlarge / Dalian Railway Station. akiradhin / Wikipedia In 2017, Adobe announced it would deactivate Flash at the end of 2020. Earlier this month, on January 12, Adobe carried through on its plans, deactivating Flash installations around the world. One result, according to Apple Daily, was chaos in a Chinese railroad in Liaoning province. Officials at China Railway Shenyang use Flash-based software to plan each day's railroad operations. As a result of the outage, Apple Daily says, "staffers were reportedly unable to view train operation diagrams, formulate train sequencing schedules, and arrange shunting plans." As a result, the railroad was unable to dispatch its trains, "leading to a complete shutdown of its railroads in Dalian, Liaoning province," according to Apple Daily. After a day of chaos, the railroad found a solution: it obtained a pirated version of Flash without the self-deactivating code. The railroad installed it early on the morning of January 13, allowing operations to resume. Officials gave an exciting blow-by-blow account of the incident in a post on the Chinese social media account QQ. "After more than 20 hours of fighting, no one complained, and no one gave up," they wrote (according to Google Translate). "Even if there is little hope, there is a motivation to move forward." The post attracted some mockery on the Chinese Internet, with observers pointing out railroad officials could have anticipated this problem and developed a non-Flash dispatching system months earlier. The post was taken down, but a copy is still available at archive.org. Deactivation of Flash cripples Chinese railroad for a day
  2. Ever since XP.. i have never installed Adobe Flash.. i've always used a portable browser... with portable flash.. But Windows 8 natively comes bundled with Adobe Flash! There are tools out there for pre-mastering Windows' images... But this tutorial will focus on already installed /Online installs.. which i just uninstalled IE.. and wanted Flash gone as well.. 1. Navigate here to get your flash package: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages 2. Start PowerShell. 3. enable unsigned PowerShell scripts: Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned 4. Now scroll below and verify "Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" matches your registry key in Step 1. - if your package version is different.. edit all occurrence with your package version. 5. Now manually execute each command below.. 1 line at a time. $acl = get-acl -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing"$inherit = [system.security.accesscontrol.InheritanceFlags]"ContainerInherit, ObjectInherit"$propagation = [system.security.accesscontrol.PropagationFlags]"None"$rule = new-object system.security.accesscontrol.registryaccessrule "Administrators","FullControl",$inherit,$propagation,"Allow"$acl.addaccessrule($rule)$acl | set-aclSet-ItemProperty -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" -Name Visibility -Value 1New-ItemProperty -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" -Name DefVis -PropertyType DWord -Value 2Remove-Item -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384\Owners"dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384If you followed the tutorial to a T.. you should see something similar to my output: Note: for extreme minimalists.. this procedure could be used to remove other packages.. dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /packagename:Microsoft-Windows-Camera-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.9600.16384dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /packagename:Microsoft-Windows-FileManager-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.9600.16384
  3. Hi, Is it possible to add the link to the msi installers into Flash Player Downloads : http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html http://www.nsanedown.com/?request=57232098 Thanks ;) ++
  4. Microsoft once again warns of Adobe Flash removal from Edge by the end of the year Adobe Flash is going away at the end of the year, and it's been a long time coming. Adobe first announced the end of life in July 2017, and every major browser vendor is committed to exorcising Adobe's legacy product from its browser by the end of the year. Microsoft published an update today promising to do just that, even though it made the same promise a year ago. Microsoft was clear that it's removing Flash from all three of its currently shipping web browsers by the end of the year, including Internet Explorer 11, Edge Legacy, and Edge Chromium. After 2020, users that need to access Flash will have to jump through some hoops, as you'll have to use a plug-in in IE mode. Adobe is making this available for business users, and Microsoft won't support it; it's just another third-party plug-in. At some point in early 2021, all supported versions of Windows are going to get an optional update called, "Update for removal of Adobe Flash Player", and it will be made recommended later. In fact, you'll be able to grab the update from the Update Catalog this fall if you want it before the end of Flash support. And then next summer, all APIs, group policies, and interfaces that are for managing Flash will be removed from Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 via a cumulative update. Flash Player has been disabled by default on all modern browsers for some time, so if you haven't run into any compatibility issues this year, this change will happen and you won't even notice. Microsoft once again warns of Adobe Flash removal from Edge by the end of the year
  5. Microsoft releases update to remove Adobe Flash from Windows Microsoft has released the KB4577586 update to remove Adobe Flash from Windows and prevents it from being installed again. In September 2020, Microsoft announced that an optional update would be released in the fall to uninstall Adobe Flash Player and prevent it from being installed again on the same device. Today, Microsoft has released the "Update for the removal of Adobe Flash Player: October 27, 2020" KB4577586 update to remove Adobe Flash from all versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server. Windows 10 KB4577586 update This optional update is only available via the Microsoft Catalog, and once installed, cannot be removed afterward. Those who wish to install Adobe Flash Player on a device with this update have to reset the device to an earlier restore point or install a fresh copy of Windows 10. What Flash components are removed by this update? Once installed, Microsoft states that Adobe Flash Player will be automatically removed by the update, but is not clear as to what exactly is removed. In our tests, the Flash Player (32-bit) version bundled in Windows 10 and managed via the Control Panel is removed by this update. Adobe Flash Player 32-bit version The Adobe Flash Player component built into Microsoft Edge and other browsers, though, was still installed after installing the update. We were able to test this by enabling Flash in Edge and checking at https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html before and after installing the update. Adobe Flash Player component in Microsoft Edge Finally, any standalone versions of Adobe Flash Player that you have installed will not be removed by this update. Adobe Flash still installed BleepingComputer has reached out to Microsoft to determine why the update is not removing Flash Player in our tests. Microsoft states they will make this update available via WSUS and Windows Update to perform wide-scale removal of Flash Player in early 2021 after Flash reaches the end of life. Thx to Ross and John_C for their assistance. Update 10/27/20: Added information about Adobe Flash Player module in Edge not being removed. Further clarified what is removed by this update. Microsoft releases update to remove Adobe Flash from Windows
  6. Mozilla plans to drop Flash support in Firefox 84 (December 2020) All major browser makers plan to remove Flash support from their browsers in 2020. Adobe announced the deprecation of Adobe Flash in 2017 and companies like Google, Microsoft or Mozilla revealed plans to end support for the technology in their browsers. Adobe Flash won't receive security updates anymore from 2021 on. Firefox uses a plugin system to integrate Adobe Flash, that is installed on the system, into the web browser. Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers ship with a native Flash integration instead. The current state of Flash in Firefox is the following: Flash is disabled by default in Firefox but users may activate Flash on individual sites if they require it. Flash is the only NPAPI plugin that Firefox still supports; support for other NPAPI-based plugins such as Microsoft Silverlight was dropped in Firefox 52 which Mozilla released in 2017. Mozilla updated the Flash deprecation schedule recently; the organization revealed the Firefox version and the month in which Flash would be removed from Firefox. According to the schedule, Flash will be removed in Firefox 84 Stable, which Mozilla plans to release in December 2020. Flash support will be removed earlier from development builds. From Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development build of Firefox, it will be removed in October 2020. Firefox users may disable Flash in the browser already or remove Flash from the system entirely as this will also remove Flash support in Firefox. Here is the remaining schedule: September 2019 (current state) -- Always Activate option is removed. Firefox will always prompt for permission if sites require Flash. October 2020 -- Flash support is removed in Firefox Nightly 84. December 2020 -- Flash support is removed from Firefox Stable 84. No version of Firefox will support Flash anymore from that point in time. Mozilla plans to remove Flash support in Firefox 84 but there is a chance that these plans may change. It seems unlikely, considering that Adobe won't distribute security updates anymore for Flash in 2021. Google plans to remove Flash support from Chromium in January 2021 with the release of Chrome 88. The change will affect other Chromium-based web browsers as well. Closing Words Most of the Web has moved on already but there are still sites out there that use Flash. Some may cease to work once Flash is no longer support or updated, others may be updated eventually to newer technologies. Source: Mozilla plans to drop Flash support in Firefox 84 (December 2020) (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. Mozilla plans to disable Adobe Flash in Firefox 69 by default according to an updated bug listing on the organization's bug-tracking website. Adobe Flash Player is the last NPAPI plugin that Mozilla Firefox supports; support for other NPAPI plugins like Microsoft Silverlight or Java was removed in Firefox 52. Firefox users could switch to Firefox ESR to continue using NPAPI plugins at the time. Google dropped support for NPAPI plugins in 2015 in Chrome. Firefox continued to support Adobe Flash provided that users installed the software on supported devices, and even considered integrating a Flash replacement called Shumway in Firefox, and later on Pepper Flash, the Flash system that Google used. Google integrated Adobe Flash in the company's Chrome browser in 2010, and Microsoft did the same for its latest browsers. Mozilla, Google, and other browser makers announced that Flash was on its way out, and Adobe decided to retire Flash in 2020. Mozilla's Flash retiring timeline lists two Flash related events for 2019: Early 2019 -- a visible warning displayed to Firefox users about Flash usage. 2019 -- disable Adobe Flash by default in Firefox. Adobe Flash was a major technology for many years but its popularity decreased in recent years. New web standards emerged that replaced Flash functionality for the most part. While there are still sites out there that make use of Flash, Adobe Flash is playing less of an important role on today's Internet than the technology did ten years ago. Flash is problematic from a security and also a stability point of view. Mozilla plans to disable Adobe Flash in Firefox 69. The Firefox release schedule lists September 3, 2019 as the release date for the stable version. Mozilla will disable Flash in Nightly when the browser hits version 69, then in Beta, and finally in Stable. Disabling means that Flash cannot be used anymore by default unless activated again by the user. Firefox won't prompt users anymore to enable Flash when sites require it, but it will be possible to enable Flash in the browser. The next steps in the Flash deprecation happen in 2020 and 2021. Flash support is removed completely from all Firefox versions except for Firefox ESR in 2020. Firefox ESR will continue to support Flash until the end of 2020. When Adobe stops the release of security updates for Flash, all Firefox versions won't load the plugin anymore. Google and other browser makers plan to end Flash support at the same time. Google made Flash usage more annoying already in Chrome 69. Closing Words Adobe Flash won't be supported by major browsers anymore from 2020 onward. Smaller browsers or fork may continue to support Flash so that Flash content that is still available on the Internet remains accessible; the downside to this is that these Flash versions are no longer supported with security or stability updates. It is unclear if organizations like Archive.org will preserve Flash content, e.g. tens of thousand of Flash games and applications, and how they would go about it. Source: Firefox 69: Flash disabled by default (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  8. Google to stop indexing Flash for search With browser makers already putting the kibosh on the once-popular multimedia format, Google search is about to deliver something of a coup de grace. Rob van der Meijden (CC0) Google on Monday announced that it will soon stop indexing Flash content for its search engine, effectively throwing an invisibility cloak over that content. "Google Search will stop supporting Flash later this year," Dong-Hwi Lee, an engineering manager, wrote in a post to the company's Webmaster Central blog. "In Web pages that contain Flash content, Google Search will ignore the Flash content. [And] Google Search will stop indexing standalone .swf files." The .swf extension marks Flash animation files. Minus indexing, searches for Flash content will come up empty. If Google doesn't index it, in other words, does it exist? For the vast majority on the web - analytics vendor Net Applications said Google accounted for 75% of global search activity last month - that would be a no. Flash, on the way out Adobe laid out Flash's demise two years ago when it disclosed that it would stop updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020. At the same time, browser makers revealed how they were going to sunset the player software and thus put an end to the multimedia format. Google, for example, disabled Flash by default in Chrome 76, the version that debuted in July. (Users can manually turn on the Flash Player, as can IT admins through group policies.) Come Chrome 87 - currently slated for a December 2020 release - the browser won't run Flash at all. Mozilla's Firefox also recently met a major Flash milestone: As of September's Firefox 69, the browser required the user to approve every request to run Flash. Shutting down Flash indexing will impact only a fraction of all websites: According to technology survey site W3Techs, only 3% of sites now utilize Flash code. That number climbs when more popular sites are polled; 8.4% of the top-1,000 sites, said W3Techs, contain Flash code. Source: Google to stop indexing Flash for search (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  9. A new book highlighting the visual evolution of web design paints a picture of a risk-taking creative culture that hasn’t been quite the same since Steve Jobs stuck a knife into Flash. These days, our web browsers—whether on mobile or desktop—are highly functional and can do all sorts of things that we could only dream of a decade prior. But despite that, one could argue that the web has actually gotten less creative over time, not more. This interpretation of events is a key underpinning of Web Design: The Evolution of the Digital World 1990-Today (Taschen, $50), a new visual-heavy book from author Rob Ford and editor Julius Wiedemann that does something that hasn’t been done on the broader internet in quite a long time: It praises the use of Flash as a creative tool, rather than a bloated malware vessel, and laments the ways that visual convention, technical shifts, and walled gardens have started to rein in much of this unvarnished creativity. This is a realm where small agencies supporting big brands, creative experimenters with nothing to lose, and teenage hobbyists could stand out simply by being willing to try something risky. It was a canvas with a built-in distribution model. What wasn’t to like, besides a whole host of malware? The 640-page book, full of pictures of interactive websites from prior eras, benefits from taking a wide view of the visual culture of the past: Starting at the embryonic stages of the World Wide Web, it follows the art of web design through periods of extreme experimentation on the way to the convention-driven scaffolding we have today. The book makes a compelling case through its general structure that the sweet spot of creative web design came during the late 1990s through the mid-2000s—periods in which major brands were willing to invest a whole lot of money in a website intended for show, not just tell. Ford, who is known for running the long-running Favourite Web Awards (FWA), is very much in the “show” category. In an email interview, Ford listed off a dizzying array of iconic websites, pages that once wowed the broader internet and helped uncover key design mechanisms—for example, Ford says 1998’s EYE4U, an early influence on many Flash developers, “showed us responsive design 15 years before the term was coined,” while sites like 2002’s Who’s We Studios and 2003’s tokyoplastic brought personality to the equation. There was a lot of it because of the artistic influences these creators brought forth. “It’s worth noting how many super-creative talents have a ’background‘ in rave and club culture, whether that be as punters or promoters,” Ford said. These sites, reliant on animation and Flash’s underlying ActionScript language, were the kind that excited creatives, ready to embrace an artistic medium, but frustrated usability experts, who would rail against the way the sites flouted basic convention. If any one website sort of hits these two tensions perfectly, it’s Subservient Chicken, the popular Burger King-produced web interactive which hits right in the middle of the nearly three-decade period covered in this book. At the time of its creation, it was widely discussed and dissected by advertisers who realized that its combination of visuals and ELIZA-style text commands represented something new. Given the move towards chatbots and memetic videos in the years since, it feels downright predictive. “Subservient Chicken gave us something we hadn’t experienced before, that was real time (even though it actually wasn’t real time, it faked it very well) interaction but, more importantly, an emotional ‘live’ personal experience,” Ford notes, adding that it also predicted voice assistants that work in similar ways. But the aggressive creativity offered by Flash eventually would prove impossible to bring to the mobile era in quite the same way, as portability and improved HTML rendering capabilities made it obsolete. Around the time of Steve Jobs’ famous open letter to Adobe, Ford noted that many of the Flash era’s creators “completely moved away from the web and used their talents elsewhere.” There were still some notable HTML5-based creations during this period—including the Arcade Fire’s Google Chrome “experiment” “The Wilderness Downtown,” which Ford calls “the biggest, most influential website in over a decade.” But the social era—particularly Facebook Pages—proved “a final nail in the coffin for web design,” he noted. But all those wild ideas had to go somewhere, and many of them didn’t appear in the App Store. Ford says that while the modern web has largely eschewed the creative risks of the Flash era, it can be found in physical mediums and augmented reality, places where many of the creative explosions that web tools like Flash and HTML5 initially allowed can be furthered and built upon—with many of the same creators behind the initial rise responsible for much of the modern excitement. “The progressive interaction and visual creativity is happening outside of the web browser now,” he explained. “The rise in interactive installations, AR, and experiential in general is where the excitement of the early days is finally happening again.” This book, which hits next month, comes just at a time when Flash—a tool first developed by FutureWave, then improved upon by Macromedia and exploited on a mass scale by Adobe—is about to meet its maker, and the internet has moved past it for perfectly sensible reasons. (Seriously, Flash is hacked all to hell and you probably should avoid it in most circumstances.) While a book may be static rather than interactive, this feels like a fitting coda for a kind of digital creativity that—like Geocities and MySpace pages, multimedia CD-ROMs, and Prodigy graphical interfaces before it—has faded in prominence. But when it was there, we needed it, because of all the creative folks it inspired. “Without the rebels we’d still be looking at static websites with gray text and blue hyperlinks,” Ford said. Source
  10. Where do browsers stand on Flash's impending demise? It's been two years since Adobe announced it would finally kill off its Flash Player; browser makers plan to follow suit on their own timelines. Thinkstock Two years ago, Adobe announced it would finally kill and bury Flash Player, the plug-in that simultaneously launched a million websites and gave security professionals nightmares. The oft-abused technology, equally praised and scorned even when it was at the top of its game, will land in the digital landfill at the end of 2020, when the company said it "will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player." Browser makers quickly chimed in to tell their users how they would sunset Flash, setting up sometimes specific, sometimes vague, timetables for curtailing usage, figuring that going cold turkey would catch site owners unprepared, break the web and turn customers into angry peasants waving torches and pitchforks. Two years after those initial promises of cutting out Flash, where are the browsers? How about a status update? Chrome's this close to turning Flash off by default Starting with Chrome 76, which is the next version slated to ship, Google's browser will disable Flash by default, the state the browser will remain in until all support is yanked in late 2020. With Flash default disabled - Chrome 76 will appear July 30, or in six weeks - sites requiring the plug-in will show the "missing puzzle piece" symbol and the message "Adobe Flash Player is blocked." Users will not be able to run Flash - at all - without going into Settings. Only after re-enabling Flash - Settings->Advanced->Site Settings->Flash->Ask First - will Chrome users be able to run Flash and display Flash content, and then only after their explicit okay. Google is thinking about adding what it called an "infobar" to the top of Chrome with the debut of version 76. If the user manually switches Flash back on through Settings, the infobar will appear, warning that the plug-in won't be supported at all after December 2020. IDG/Gregg Keizer Starting with Chrome 76, users will have to dive into Settings to run Flash after seeing this message on a site. Firefox soon to limit Flash options At this point, Firefox continues to run Flash Player on a per-site basis when a user authorizes the action. And Firefox will remember the site that was authorized if the user checks the box marked "Remember this decision" in the pop-up that appears when giving Flash permission. In early September, Mozilla will take the next step in purging the plug-in. With Firefox 69, scheduled for release Sept. 3, the browser is losing the "Always Activate" option for Flash, meaning that every request to run it must be user approved. From this point forward, the only settings will be "Ask to Activate," the default, and "Never Activate." (Most Firefox users probably didn't know that there was an "Always Activate" setting that let them skip the authorization hassle. It's in Preferences (macOS) and Options (Windows): Extensions & Themes-Plugins->Shockwave Flash->Always Activate.) Still to come for Firefox: Mozilla plans to strip all Flash support from the browser in early 2020. The exception will be Firefox's Extended Support Release (ESR), designed for enterprise settings, which will continue to run the plug-in through 2020. On a related note, Mozilla pointed out that barely half - 50.8% - of all copies of Firefox now have Flash installed. IDG/Gregg Keizer September's Firefox 69 will eliminate the "Always Activate" shortcut, forcing users to approve Flash every time on every site. No exceptions. Edge in turmoil What to say about Microsoft's Edge? Microsoft had a fire-Flash plan two years ago. But then the Redmond, Wash. developer went and decided to bag its version of Edge and instead go full-Chromium, replacing its foundational technology with the same that drives Chrome. While Microsoft didn't necessarily tie itself to Google's Flash timetable when it adopted Chromium, the company is likely to copy the browser big dog. There's no reason not to: "full-Chromium" Edge won't make a difference, one way or the other, to websites still running Flash, not with its very small share. By the time Microsoft has Chromium Edge ready, Chrome will have long put version 76, and its Flash-disabled-by-default behind it. Edge will do the same, whether it launches this year or next. As for Internet Explorer (IE) and the old Edge, in 2017 Microsoft promised that somewhere around mid-to-late 2019, those browsers would default to a disabled Flash state. Users were going to have to manually re-enable Flash in the browsers' settings panels to view content. The change has yet to appear in either browser. (It was unclear when Microsoft would throw the disabled-Flash switch; there was no hint, for example, in the Edge development roadmap.)_ Because Microsoft only upgrades old-Edge when it issues a Windows 10 feature upgrade, the next opportunity for this will be the fall refresh, 1909 in the operating system's yymm notation. Microsoft has hinted that it will retain old-Edge even after full-Chromium Edge ships, so it will have to manage multiple browsers - IE, too, for Windows 10 users and laggards still running Windows 7 - through their Flash end times. IDG/Gregg Keizer The 'old-Edge,' the one powered by Microsoft's own EdgeHTML engine, still lets users run Flash with minimal hassle. But the upcoming 'full-Chromium' Edge will probably mimic Chrome when it debuts. Safari and the no-Flash zone Apple and Flash never much cared for each other. iOS has always been a no-Flash operating system and macOS, formerly OS X, has omitted the Adobe plug-in since 2010, when Cupertino first told users to fetch Flash themselves. (Meanwhile, Chrome, and later, Edge, came with Flash baked in. Chrome dropped that approach in 2016 with version 53. Since then, Flash has been background downloaded the first time the Chrome user calls on it to render content.) "Apple is working with Adobe, industry partners, and developers to complete this transition," a July 2017 post to the WebKit blog asserted. Since then, nothing. Even if a user installs Flash on macOS, Safari still treats it as off by default. And Safari still requires user approval on each site (although the user can tell that site to run Flash every time going forward). In other words, Apple's made no change - and has announced none that it will make - in how Safari deals with Flash. IDG/Gregg Keizer Safari's handling of Flash hasn't changed in the two years since Adobe announced the plug-in's 2020 demise. This is still what users see when they click on content. Source: Where do browsers stand on Flash's impending demise? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
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