Finally, after nearly 30 years in service, Adobe Flash Player officially died and disappeared. Adobe has started banning Flash content for computer users all over the world.
Moreover, Adobe now displays a warning instead of advice to uninstall Flash Player. Apparently, instead of displaying a banner that redirects the user to the Flash Lifecycle End page it is on Adobe websiteFlash content loading failed.
This gives us a clear indication that now is the time to uninstall Adobe Flash Player from your computer. This might not be as shocking as it might sound, because Adobe was preparing for the day in the middle of 2017.
Flash was first introduced by Macromedia in 1996, which Adobe later bought in 2005. Adobe even shared instructions for uninstalling Flash from macOS. However, Apple did remove Flash support from the Safari browser last year.
Since Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020, Adobe has started banning Flash content from playing in Flash Player starting January 12, 2021.
Besides, several months before rolling out the final Flash update, Adobe added an icon. This code prevents browser plug-ins from loading Flash. This also confirms that Adobe will not release any further Flash Player updates or security patches.
Due to security vulnerabilities, Flash has exposed Mac and PC users to malware and other risks
Well, maybe one of the reasons behind Flash’s official ending is its poor reputation. Due to several security vulnerabilities, Flash has exposed many macOS and PC users to malware and other risks.
This made developers at Microsoft and Apple constantly work on a security update to fix such issues. Which was not ideal for these companies to work tirelessly.
According ZDNetIn early 2021, Microsoft plans to release a dedicated update to remove Flash Player from all versions of Windows 10 in early 2021.
Note that this update has been available as an optional update on Windows Update Catalog since October. But the company plans to release this update on a larger scale via Windows Update or WSUS in the coming months or so.
This update will remove Adobe Flash Player as a Windows hardware component. Microsoft will also take steps to recommend users to install this new update as soon as it becomes available. Once this update is installed, users cannot uninstall it.
As mentioned earlier, this step might not affect many users, as regular browsers have already ditched the plugin. IPhone or iPad users are also unaffected by this step, as iOS and iPadOS did not support Flash in the first place.