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I guess you are tired of manually installing updates for your Adobe Flash Player frequently. In fact, I think Adobe has released 3 major security updates in the last month or two. And these are updates you can’t ignore. These are patches that fix dangerous holes in the Flash Player – heavy holes that could allow malware writers and hackers to access your computer.
Windows is secure – but often third-party software installed on the system is used as a vector to compromise computers – and Adobe Flash Player is a very common vector.
A few days ago, Adobe released another security update for Adobe Flash. This new update introduces a new new update in the background. This means you no longer need to update your Flash manually. If you have enabled the automatic update option, your Adobe Flash will update automatically.
The new Flash Player now explicitly includes the bit type and version number in the file name : The 32-bit flash for IE is now called Flash32_11_2_202_228.ocx (instead of Flash11H.
After installing Adobe Flash Player 11.2, a dialog box appears to allow the user to select an update method. The following three update options are available to users:
- Install updates automatically when available
- Notify me when updates are available
- Never check for updates.
We recommend Notify me when updates are available
If you need to change settings in the future, you can open the Flash Player Settings Manager from the Control Panel. You can change the settings on the Advanced tab page.
Adobe has set the new background update device to check for updates once an hour until it receives a response from Adobe. If the response indicates that there is no new update, it will wait 24 hours before being checked again. This is done by the Windows task scheduler to prevent a service in the background from running on the system. If you use multiple browsers on your system, the update in the background updates each browser. This solves the problem that end users need to update Flash Player for Internet Explorer separately from Flash Player for their other open source browsers.
Although the fact that it is automatically updated is great, you must be careful! The update can (or cannot) press McAfee Security Scan Plus or Iolo System Optimizer without your knowledge – and you don’t want that to happen now, do you? Therefore, we recommend that you select option Notify me when updates are available until we are sure in the Adobe Flash Player settings.
TWCF member hackerman1 has published direct download links from Adobe Flash Player if you need them.