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Forum Thread: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x

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Tandemist Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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PSI 3.0 reports one program needing updating - Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x. I cannot find any solution on the WEB as of 12:38 Pacific time 7/8/12. Deleting everything in the WIN XP Pro Sp3 System32 folder except one .ocx file (not deletable with normal tool(s) no help.
Secunia PSI 3.0 says the file is in c:\System32.
Re-boot and re-scan no help.
Uncertain if this issue related to Adobe Flash Player.

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ddmarshall RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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This sounds like the copy of Flash Player that Microsoft included with Windows XP for a time.

From what I remember, it was installed in C:\Windows\System32 rather than the current location C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash. On occasions, it appears to be difficult to delete from there.

I've no idea why you would have a C:\System32 folder.

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rcdailey1 RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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I can't give you a definitive answer, but "c:\system32" is not a normal file location, if that is the exact name of the folder. Have you used any anti-virus to scan your system or gone to an on-line scanner for malware?

Adding to this, you can get rid of just about any file, provided it has a file name that is visible. The key is whether you have privileges to alter the file attributes. For some files, you might have to boot in safe mode and log on as Administrator in order to get at a file that can't be deleted with "normal" tools.
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Tandemist RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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ddmarshall:

You're correct. The actual path is c:\windows\system32\Macromed\Flash where the .ocx file is located.
I've been personal computing for over 25 years and a Secunia user for a few years.
I don't have or use a recycle bin on my WINXP Pro SP3.

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rcdailey1 RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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on 10th Jul, 2012 20:37, Tandemist wrote:
ddmarshall:

You're correct. The actual path is c:\windows\system32\Macromed\Flash where the .ocx file is located.
I've been personal computing for over 25 years and a Secunia user for a few years.
I don't have or use a recycle bin on my WINXP Pro SP3.

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We've both been using computers more than 25 years, so what's the issue? You have a file that you could not delete. Have you found and deleted it? Secunia isn't going to do it for you, from my experience. If normal tools don't work, then there is a problem with the file name or attributes that can't be altered using Windows Explorer. So, go to a DOS window and work from the command line. I have not found that necessary to get rid of old .ocx files in the past, but you may have a special situation.
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ddmarshall RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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To delete the contents of the C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash folder use the Flash Player uninstaller from here: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-f...

I'm not totally clear as to whether you are saying PSI has found a copy of Flash Player in a different location from C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash which you cannot delete.

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Tandemist RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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Friends:

As of today, 7-11-12, Secunia 3 shows ALL my programs up-to-date.

Would an Adobe flash player uninstaller be effective in removing a Macromedia flash player as has been suggested?

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ddmarshall RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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They are the same thing. Adobe bought Macromedia. The uninstaller may not work with very old versions of Flash Player.

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Tandemist RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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ddmarshall: What would prevent the uninstaller from taking out ALL versions of flashplayer?

Wouldn't the use of Eraser (a more complete version of Windows delete) be a better choice to take our a single offending file?

As well, since it appears that my move of everything that was in the Macromedia file within windows system32 to a different folder in a different disk partition (with NO critical Windows files resident) may have accomplished my goal of having a 100% score for up-to-date programs on my system?

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ddmarshall RE: Macromedia Flashplayer 8.x
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The older ones were in different folders that the uninstaller no longer checks.

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