How to Fully Uninstall Adobe Flash Without Trace in Windows 10

Adobe Flash is at its end of support life and you should uninstall it immediately. Here are the steps to uninstall Adobe Flash in Windows 10.

Adobe Flash is a very popular service and software to install on Windows. In fact, even on the web, most websites use the Adobe Flash Player to play the media content and anything interactive. In fact, I used to play a lot of Flash games thanks to sites like Miniclip. However, over the years Adobe Flash has been riddled with a lot of bugs and security holes. This made bad actors run wild with exploits forcing Adobe to release constant patches and bug fixes. Sometimes, the patches are delayed and the users suffered a lot.

Thankfully, the HTML5 has caught up and even exceeded Adobe Flash in terms of usage and user experience. If you are using Adobe Flash software to create animations, there are a ton of better alternatives out there. To put it simply, Adobe Flash is outdated, vulnerable, and inferior compared to HTML5. Considering that Adobe is ending support for Flash, if your system has it installed, you should uninstall Adobe Flash immediately to keep the computer safe and secure.

In this quick guide, let me show you the steps to completely install Adobe Flash from Windows 10.

Uninstall Adobe Flash in Windows

You can uninstall Adobe Flash directly from the Control Panel itself. Thankfully, the uninstaller itself is pretty straightforward to use. Once uninstalled, cleaning up the left behind files will do the job. Here’re the exact steps you should follow.

  1. First, press the Start button on the keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. Type “Control Panel” and press Enter.
  3. After opening the control panel window, set the View By to “Category”.
  4. Click on the “Uninstall a program” option under the “Program” section.
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  5. Now, find “Adobe Flash Player” and right-click on it.
  6. Select the “Uninstall” option.
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  7. Click “Uninstall” in the uninstaller window.
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  8. Once completed, click the “Done” button.
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  9. Now, open the File Explorer with the “Win + E” keyboard shortcut.
  10. Type “C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\” in the address bar and press Enter.
  11. Select all files and folders and press “Delete“.
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  12. If you see a warning or confirmation window, press “Yes” or “Ok“.
  13. Next, type “C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\” in the address bar and press Enter.
  14. Select all files and folders and press “Delete“.
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  15. If you see a warning or confirmation window, press “Yes” or “Ok“.
  16. Close the File Explorer.
  17. Restart the system.

That is all. You’ve successfully uninstalled adobe flash from Windows 10 and deleted all leftover adobe flash files. This means that there is almost no trace of Adobe Flash in your system.

There might be some orphaned registry keys but that shouldn’t be an issue because those values have no impact on the system. In case you are wondering, yes, please ignore that software that shows big red alerts and warnings about orphaned or leftover registry keys and values. Those kinds of software do more harm than good.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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