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How can I disable Adobe Flash?

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How can I disable Adobe Flash? toyufei 11/19/08 3:19 AM
How can I disable Adobe Flash when I don't want to see flashing advertisments on webpages,
and enable it in need of viewing video clips?

To uninstall Adobe flash seems not the best solution, since without it, on
webpages there will be a warning to install flash, which don't look very good.
In simple words, can I disable and enable Adobe flash when needed?
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Carolyn_C 11/19/08 6:11 AM
There's currently no way to selectively disable Flash in Google Chrome. However, if all you want is to disable ads, then perhaps this technique of using Privoxy with Chrome to block ads would work for you, at least until Chrome gets addon support: http://lifehacker.com/5046529/how-to-block-ads-in-google-chrome
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Wargurl83 12/19/08 9:07 AM
This is great, but how do you get rid of the placeholders for the ads that are left behind?  I'd rather see the ads then the glaring blank spots on the web page.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Dejan1024 12/20/08 2:39 AM
The placeholders are part of the page, so when you don't load the ads, the placeholders remain.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Master199781 5/31/09 3:05 PM
This way may not be the safest way but it works. Go to the top of the page where it's all blue and right click. Select task manager and then scroll down the list if you have a lot of tabs open and at the bottom it'll say Plug-in: Shockwave Flash. Click it and then End Process. It automatically crashes everything in the browser using Flash. The good thing about this is that if you ever want Flash back all you have to do is refresh the page. Hope it helps.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? zkong1 6/29/09 8:44 PM
Read somewhere from the internet, try changing the Chrome shortcut on your desktop, add -disable-plugins to the tail end of the command. It may not be perfect, but it works perfectly for me.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? toyufei 6/30/09 9:55 AM
oh my! need to do sth with DOS!:)
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? schadenfreude 9/4/09 11:27 AM
zkong1

Thanks so much. I read this a few weeks ago and it just clicked in what you meant. I'll translate for the less tech savvy of us.

right click on the shortcut and select properties.

where it says Target. go to the end of that line and ad "-disable-plugins" without the quotes
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Rafael Kafka 9/17/09 10:14 PM
why flash makes cpu spikes all time in chrome?flash is a disaster, do something for the love of god!
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? wormball 11/17/09 7:08 AM
from http://otvety.google.ru/otvety/thread?tid=2450d86c66aa59ea&pli=1 (automatically translated with google)

Express    18.09.2009 16:28:0 :

You can use the plug FlashBlock (extension flashblock.crx or script flashblock.user.js) [1], which blocks the flash in Google Chrome like Flashblock extension in FF. Disable block flush on the current site, you can use hotkeya Alt + F [2], or by clicking the mouse pointer on the interesting blocked.

[1]
Expansion flashblock.crx for Chrome (Web) http://ruzanow.ru/extensions/flashblock.crx

[2]
Page author flashblock.crx and flashblock.user.js (Web) http://ruzanow.ru/index/0-4

[3]
About installing extensions (Web) http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/extensions/howto

[4]
On the installation scripts (Web) http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/user-scripts
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? bad.chrome 12/21/09 8:28 PM
I am a few strange that I think the chrome is trouble and even stupid

 I can not disable the add-in like the flash from the preferences ,  it also can not remember the  zoom rate of the visited site , very hard to use ....

I think that I have to wait the next version .
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? willdeans 12/23/09 5:12 PM
GOOGLE -- WE DON'T WANT FLASH! <-- (yes, I am yelling)  I want to selectively not install Flash.  I don't want to disable it; I don't want it at all.  I especially don't want to be prompted every third website to install it.  However, I love non-flash advertisements because they pay for all the great free services I use and don't want to disable them.  I appreciate the hard work other plugin designers go through to increase the functionality of the web browser and don't want to interfere with them.  In preferences Google needs an "I hate flash" checkbox that causes the browser to function as if flash never existed.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? geek0101 3/20/10 8:20 PM
Just stop using chrome until they wise up and be a true open source partner and truely be part of a free world.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Mandax 3/28/10 5:40 PM
Install the FlashBlock addon for Chrome. It disables flash applet by default, replacing them with a discrete placeholder you can click on if you wish to play the flash animation.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Steven.Pine 5/23/10 3:24 PM
m-w.com flash is regularly causing chrome to crash -- I only want to disable flash for that web address. It would be a nice addition to have flash kill file or some such thing.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Ryo Saeba 5/26/10 12:30 PM
They need to add the option to disable it!
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Jeff C. 5/26/10 5:03 PM
You can always enable or disable any of your browser plug-ins, including Adobe Flash Player, by typing about:plugins into your address bar.

best,
Jeff
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? elyetimachete 5/26/10 9:42 PM
I use FlashControl.
It lets you to load and unload Flash players and toggle their visibility. This is great because if/when I get tired of looking at a Flash player after I had unblocked it, I can stop it from rendering itself onto the screen or even re-block it without reloading the web page. You can filter whole websites and even individual flash objects.
You can get it at https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? M.Possamai 6/14/10 12:21 AM
@willdeans
For crying out loud are you really that dumb?
Chrome parses the webpage, sees something it can't show and just tells you "hey, there's a plugin for this!"
Could be Flash, could be something else.. It's not like it forces you to install Flash, it just tells you how to be able to view the complete webpage..
Hey, well that's odd? isn't that what a browser is supposed to do?
in fact, when I use FireFox I get the same thing!
Wow!
And to think you blame google for it..

you don't blame the car because the road sucks, do you??
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? pandaproductions.web 6/15/10 6:14 PM
Flash-killing extension:https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/cdngiadmnkhgemkimkhiilgffbjijcie
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? pokneetail 6/21/10 3:04 PM
You can disable Flash (along with all plugins) using this chrome.exe command-line switch:
-disable-plugins

Open your Chrome shortcut by right-clicking on it, and click properties.
In the "Target" field of the shortcut properties, add "-disable-plugins" (add that after the quotes surrounding chrome.exe, but don't add any new quotes)
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? ptn.009 6/22/10 12:59 AM
type about:plugins in address bar
and disable whichever plugin you want to disable...
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Blair (Googler) 7/3/10 6:43 AM
Hey everybody,

We’re excited to announce that Adobe Flash is now integrated into Google Chrome’s Stable channel by default. This integration will eliminate the need to install and update Flash Player separately. This reduces the security risk and issues related to using outdated versions. As of this week, your browser should automatically be updated with integrated Flash Player. To check, simply go to Tools > About Google Chrome.

If you do not wish to use the built-in version of Flash Player in Chrome, you can disable the integration via the chrome://plugins manager. In this case, Chrome will fall back to the system-installed version of Flash Player, if it exists.

To learn more about Adobe Flash integration, check out the Chromium Blog post here:
http://blog.chromium.org/2010/06/enabling-adobe-flash-player-support-in.html

Cheers,
Blair
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Refresh100 7/5/10 9:04 PM
Thanks Blair, I've been wondering how too do that since the update. I love Chrome, I just don't like Flash in Chrome that much, I use the IETab extension for non-HTML5 YouTube videos or any other Flash-required stuff. Thanks again, Blair
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? WebRocks 7/12/10 4:39 PM
I like (or liked) Chrome except for (until) this flash integration. I don't mind the benign(!) Google ads and don't really want to block them but I absolutely hate the flash ads and any other flash c**p.  I manage a lot of computers at work and at a non-profit organization I volunteer. Right now I disable plugins using "chrome.exe --disable-plugins" but now with this new integration, which I am surprised to find, I am having to manually disable in "chrome://plugins".
Hello Mr. Blair, is there anyway to have internal flash disabled by default? Without this, I am afraid I will have to go back to Firefox on Windows and Safari on Mac.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Jeff C. 7/12/10 4:44 PM
Hi WebRocks, you can use the --disable-internal-flash command line flag, just like you use --disable-plugins.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? WebRocks 7/14/10 7:51 AM
Wow, that was quick.Thank you Jeff. I was just about to rethink the idea of using Chrome. But this "option" should help us keep using Chrome.
Another related question: Is there a way to selectively enable a plugin? Right now, we may have to enable the Java plugin and disable others. (The plugin will be configured to run only internally signed applications.).
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Jeff C. 7/14/10 8:35 AM
Right now the only way is through chrome://plugins, but we are working on adding per-plugin and per-site granularity to the existing Content Settings (Options -> Under the Hood -> Content settings -> Plug-ins).
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? WebRocks 7/15/10 4:04 PM
Thanks again Jeff. You guys are amazing.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? nadtz 8/13/10 11:09 AM
Ugh, flash crashes and takes out chrome and I cant find any information about fixing this issue, I say again ugh.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Heartless07 9/2/10 8:12 AM
Well Yippee $h*t little Blair Googler! Now we have the spy beacons integrated right into the browser!! Vomit!
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? madhusudan1230 10/17/10 11:20 PM
check it http://www.seo-strategies.org/2010/10/how-to-disable-flash-in-browser/
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? xelaaa 10/29/10 2:59 AM
MY FLASH KEEPS CRASHING. What am I suppose to do?  -_-
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? judgeguy 11/1/10 7:46 PM
Blair the Bear, check out how many people find your answers useful on the issue of Flash ads and you'll know why they are saying Blame the Blair!
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Blair (Googler) 11/8/10 4:46 PM
Hey toyufei,

We're working on what you're asking for. You can see the current implementation by downloading Google Chrome Canary from the link in my references, going to the Wrench > Under the Hood > Content settings > Plug-ins and selecting "Click to Play."

Be forewarned that Google Chrome Canary is an especially unstable build of Google Chrome and has many features that aren't ready for prime time. The "Click to Play" functionality should eventually work its way to the stable channel of Google Chrome, but may change a lot in the process.

For now, if there are specific sites where you commonly watch video, for example YouTube, you could block all plug-ins in your content settings but then whitelist YouTube by clicking on "Exceptions."

Cheers,
Blair
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? flamant15 11/12/10 2:56 PM
Google cannot fix this fast enough.

There is no way to block video from running on websites using flash. I have set every setting I have to deny and still videos run automatically on my computer.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? LogicDesigner 11/17/10 12:30 AM
Blair, I followed the canary link you posted and installed it. I open up the new app (i like the yellow icon) and I go to Wrench -> Options -> Under the Hood -> Content Settings -> Plug-ins, but I don't see a "Click to Play" option. Please advise.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? lukejr 11/20/10 3:29 PM
Is it possible to develop a Chrome Extension that would allow you to turn on/off the Flash plugin. Recent reports of battery drain caused by Flash is a compelling reason to allow users to disable on the fly when using battery power and not needed.

The current method under settings is too long winded, a simple button would make it much easier, and one that is aimed at Flash only.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? red8inc 12/1/10 11:21 AM
In the URL bar in Chrome type:

chrome://plugins/
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? Blair (Googler) 12/7/10 6:49 PM
Hey guys,

We've taken the "Click to Play" feature out as we work out some issues. Stay tuned, but we can't promise it will return in the future.

As I mentioned before, if there are specific sites where you commonly watch video, for example YouTube, you could block all plug-ins in your content settings but then whitelist YouTube by clicking on "Exceptions."

Thanks,
Blair
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? vasa1 12/7/10 7:31 PM
"We've taken the "Click to Play" feature out as we work out some issues. Stay tuned, but we can't promise it will return in the future."

It's won't even be in "about:flags"? If it's gone forever that will be a real pity.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? backspaces 12/17/10 2:52 PM
My solution is to simply kill flash once chrome starts it. It seems to stay off until I actively start a flash video if I want to. (Mac: activity monitor which I keep always on: click and "quit process" button)
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? MTM405 2/10/11 3:22 PM
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YOU ARE AWESOME
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? 3xl4x II 2/11/11 6:35 AM
For anyone who has not seen this ...

There is a pdf document hidden amongst Adobe's website detailling options which are intended for IT Administrators implementing Flash and how to restrict its abilities ...

http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/flash/articles/flash_player_admin_guide/flash_player_10.0_admin_guide.pdf

If you use windows notepad (or notepad++) and create a file called mms.cfg containing the following ....

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# Any comment beginning with a hash symbol will be ignored by flash
# so long as a line ends with return, the label = parameter on that
# line will be read as a setting by flash.
#
# NB - These settings override any user settings with adobe's online setting manager.

AllowUserLocalTrust = 0   # Prevent user designating any sandboxed local system files as trusted

AssetCacheSize = 0        # Default 20 (mb), zero disables flash from storage of common flash components

AutoUpdateDisable = 0     # 0 allows flash to update itself and security updates, 1 disables

AutoUpdateInterval = 7    # Number of days between check for updates to flash plugin, 7 days is a bit
                                   # optimistic given adobe's update record

AVHardwareDisable = 1     # 1 Disables SWF files accessing Web cam and Microphone, set to 0 to allow

LegacyDomainMatching = 0  # Older and less secure (pre-version 6 flashplayer) functions disabled, 1 to enable

LocalFileLegacyAction = 0 # 0 Restricts less secure functions from flashplayer 7 and earlier from executing

LocalFileReadDisable = 1  # 1 Prevent SWF files having read access to files on local hard drives

LocalStorageLimit = 1     # 1 no storage, 2 10kb, 3 100kb, 4 1mb, 5 10mb, 6 User specifies upper limit (default)

FileDownloadDisable = 0   # If set to 0 files never download without user approval, 1 disables download completely

FileUploadDisable = 0     # If set to 0 files never upload without user approval, 1 breaks sites like megaupload
                                 # which use this flash feature to upload files the user selects.

ThirdPartyStorage = 0    # Set to 1 to allow third party locally persistent shared objects (LSOs)

DisableDeviceFontEnumeration = 1   # 1 Prevent information on installed fonts being displayed

WindowlessDisable = 1    # Floaty Flash ad banners bugging you?, this setting stops them.

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Save the above (minus the ---------- lines) in a file called mms.cfg in the installation folder for flash ( located at c: \ windows \ system32 \ macromed \ flash \  <<--- Place mms.cfg In here (you will need to be on an administrator account to do this ))

have a look -->> http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file=3556735Untitled.jpg

You will have to change one of your windows settings to be able to save this type of file from notepad - By default windows hides dot extensions in file names, and by default notepad saves files with a .txt extension, so when you save mynotes file, you are actually saving mynotes.txt (you just cant see .txt), so to save mms.cfg (instead of mms.cfg.txt) you need to uncheck windows Hide Extensions For Known File Types ....

http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file=5177109Untitled2.jpg

Once that is done you can successfully save mms.cfg file somewhere, without it having a hidden .txt extension (which will not be recognised by flash and will not work as a config file).

Once you have successfully created the mms.cfg file in the correct location, flash reads it when your computer starts, and these admin settings cannot be overridden by any flash settings (either adobes online setting manager or the hidden right click options for flash), so even if a different user of your computer decides to change flash settings by accidently coming across them, they will be ignored - The mms.cfg file will be used by All Users of the same computer.

Nice eh? - You can now use flash and no LSO's will be saved for anyone (only one will be saved, the settings.lso file, which as mentioned does not change the admin preferences and desired behaviour of flash defined in the mms.cfg file, the mms.cfg file always wins with its settings)
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? 3xl4x II 2/11/11 6:48 AM
Note the above will stop all locally shared objects saving for flash player, the downside to this is where an app wants to save for instance high scores in a browser game, it will not function correctly ... <shrugs> If an app needs lso's to function I dont trust em so bye bye app as far as I am concerned :) (You could always rename mms.cfg as trackme.mms.cfg temporarily to allow a game to function if you want to try something out which is not working)
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? tavox2008 2/15/11 9:27 AM
Use FlashBLock
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? fanjules 3/15/11 10:25 PM
Flash works a treat in Chrome, though I can understand people wanting to remove adverts, I'd rather Google keep Flash built into Chrome as it works so seamlessly compared to the other browsers and you don't have to worry about upgrading it manually.  I used to have Adblock installed in Firefox but on a netbook it slowed down the browser so much just processing the gazillion different rules that now I don't bother.  Besides, you kill Flash adverts and now we've got HTML5 adverts on the horizon so we can't win. ;)
Right now, the way Chrome handles Flash is just perfect for me.
Re: How can I disable Adobe Flash? 3xl4x II 5/21/11 8:06 AM
Perfect eh? http://www.srware.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2417

I remember even chromium developers declaring they would love to totally sandbox flash which was the cause of quite long complicated and sometimes heated debate.

I dont think they were ever allowed to.
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