Adobe Flash Player is expiring, how to uninstall it, block browsers

Discoveries of major exploits in Flash seem to be a monthly occurrence, which means anyone using it must stay diligent with updates.

Question: With Flash expiring soon, what should I do to make sure my computer is safe?

Answer:Adobe’s multimedia platform known as “Flash” was an instrumental tool in the evolution of the internet that brought animation and video capabilities to a text-based world.

Some of the most amazing interactive experiences in the early days of the internet were made possible by Flash – it was probably how you played your first web-based games –but in today’s world, it’s a huge security risk.

It was so popular that many scams focused on tricking users into “updating” Flash to see salacious videos, which was nothing more than a ploy to sneak malicious code onto your computer.

Because of security concerns, most major browsers disabled or blocked Flash content while the industry migrated to the more secure HTML5 standard for multimedia coding.

Adobe’s support for Flash will end Thursday, and the Flash Player utility will block Flash content after Jan. 12.

The major browsers will completely disable Flash from running after the end of the year, so for all intents and purposes, it’s a dead technology.