On December 18, give or take,* Adobe Systems released a security bulletin that basically says old versions of the are buggy as heck (see ). Specifically, versions 126.96.36.199 and earlier contain nine different bugs that Adobe calls critical. Simply viewing a Web page is all it takes for a bad guy to take control of your computer. This is true on Macs and Linux too.
The only way to be safe is to upgrade to the newest version, 188.8.131.52. These bugs in the Flash player will, no doubt, be a huge target for the bad guys since almost every computer (Windows, Macs and Linux) has some version of Flash installed. What follows are my suggestions and experiences about updating the Flash player.
The right way. I read a number of articles on this topic before writing this posting and none mentioned the fact that you have to update the Flash player for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. The two browsers use separate and independent copies of Flash. You can see this in the screenshot above from the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Windows XP control panel. The ActiveX version is used by Internet Explorer, the plug-in version is used by Firefox.
The right way also means uninstalling the prior version of Flash before installing the new version, not installing any other software other than the Flash player and being 100 percent sure that all old versions of the software have been removed, even those in nonstandard locations. What version of Flash do you have? If you haven't updated the Flash player recently, your computer is probably at risk.
Adobe Flash Player 9 (version 184.108.40.206, codenamed Zaphod and formerly named Flash Player 8.5) (June 22, 2006) Introduction of ActionScript Virtual Machine 2 (AVM2. Use these steps to install an older version of Adobe Flash Player (includes download links). Archived Flash Player versions for developers If you are a developer who is testing a site using different versions of Flash Player, download them from the list below. For regular use, download the most current version from the Flash Player Download Center. How do I delete the older version of. Support Forum. This thread was archived. '' Then reinstall the latest version. Flash Player ''Version. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to set up older version of the Flash Player. Don't forget to check out our site for more free how.