Windows 10: Adobe recommends you stop waiting and uninstall Flash today

On borrowed time for a few years, Adobe’s Flash Player is about to bow out. In a few days, the Flash player will say goodbye to us. In the meantime, the reader delivers a final message in which he strongly advises users to uninstall and recalls the fateful day of January 12, 2021, the date on which the reader will become non-operational.

Adobe Flash Player Windows 10

It was in the early 2000s that the format Flash has succeeded in establishing itself as a standard for animation and interactivity on the Web. The player allowed to play, to read videos, to create animations and menus on all kinds of pages, or even to run them locally. But quickly, the Flash Player ended up showing big weaknesses. Its lack of security has made it one of the prime targets of hackers, while developers have preferred to turn to HTML5, which is lighter and does not require any third-party application installation.

A reputation of badly secured reader and browsers which block it by default have therefore pushed the Flash format towards the exit. Adobe then decided to stop all support for its player, after a last Flash update rolled out two weeks ago. And today, a message appears urging the last users to uninstall the player.

Flash will automatically be removed from Windows 10 during a future OS update

Those who still have the Flash Player on their computer will now see the following message ”Adobe will stop supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020. Thank you for using Adobe Flash Player. To help secure your system, Adobe will prevent Flash content from running in Flash Layer effective January 12, 2021. Adobe strongly recommends that you remove Flash Player immediately from your system by clicking the uninstall button. ”

Adobe Flash Player uninstall
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It is therefore high time to uninstall Flash now, this is the recommendation made by Adobe. Anyway, even if those who do not immediately remove it from their configuration will quickly find themselves in a dead end: the next Windows 10 update will automatically uninstall the Flash Player.

Finally, note that this deletion does not concern Web browsers, since Flash is a component directly integrated into the browser. On the other hand, we already know that Firefox 85, which will be released in January, will no longer integrate any support for the Adobe format. As for Edge and Chrome, they too will soon be deprived of Flash, although it is not yet clear when this change will take place.