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Forum Thread: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x

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Macromedia Flash Player 4.x

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 14:30
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Secunia keeps warning me tht Macromedia Flash Player 4.x is end-of-life, a security threat and needs to be removed.

The problem is that there is no Macromedia Flash Player 4.x on my computer. It is not in the control panel programs and I've done a search and it came up with nothing.

I re-scanned with Secunia and it comes up with the same warning.

What can I do about this?

Thank you. jitterbug

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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
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UPDATING ADOBE FLASH
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Works with Windows XP,Vista & Windows 7 - 32 & 64 Bit systems.

If U have PSI version 1.9.0.0 installed have U tried the auto update feature?

OR

To successfully install Adobe Flash go here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_ie/

& then here if U have any Gecko based (Firefox etc) browsers.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_fire...

The latest version is:10.1.53.64

1. Download & SAVEit to desktop.
2. The installer will appear on the desk top. Before agreeing to install check these programmes are closed:
a. All Browsers.
b. PSI.
c. Windows Messenger.
d. Incredimail.
e. Adobe Free Reader.

3. The new install will then remove all old files during the update process.
4. Complete a PSI rescan & all should be in order.
5. Delete the Flash installer from the desktop.

POSSIBLE PROBLEMS.
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If U failed to complete 2. above U may well find PSI still shows a vulnerability on the rescan.

SOLUTION

1. Double check all items listed in 2. above are closed.
2. Navigate to:
32 Bit Systems - C:\Windows\system32\Macromedia\Flash
64 Bit Systems - C:\Windows\sysWOW64\Macromedia\Flash

In these locations U may well find these entries:
FLASH10D or E.OCX - Right click & delete it/them.
FLASH10H.OCX - The latest version which should be retained.


SOLUTION 2

1. Check the path to the vulnerability.

If PSI has found elements of Flash in the C:\i386 folder or on any drive other than C that is an OEM reinstallation partition (normally D drive) or a drive U use solely to backup your work U can safely create an ignore rule. It may also be in the Recycle Bin.

OPTIONAL EXTRA'S
++++++++++++++++

Security. (Fairly important if U care to check what Adobe attempt to store on a PC)
Adobe also have a very bad habit of changing your Flash settings each time they plug vulnerabilities. To change the security settings to your liking & regain control of your PC click here:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en...

Click each tab U see & change the settings to your security requirements.

Bloat ware.(Very important if U dislike totally useless programmes installed on your PC)
If you used the Adobe site, rather than FileHippo to update you will also find they try or have installed an unnecessary Download Manager.

It is bloat ware by a third party Company called NOS. If found I would uninstall it via Add/Remove.

If this post has solved your problem could you please select the ACCEPT option. This will lock the thread and stop you & I from receiving unnecessary update emails.

Version 11 17:31 08/07/2010

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 16:52
Dear Maurice:

I have PSI version 1.5.0.2. I have no idea how to update this nor do I find the auto update feature.

I would like to update PSI before trying to install Adobe Flash.

I navigated to 32Bit Systems, and looked through the folders, but found nothing that you list below. Navigating through those folders is strange and hard to read.

There is nothing in the re-cycle bin as I clean it out regularly.

I did a search for C:\i386 and found several folders but nothing regarding Flash.

And lastly, I found the Download Manager in the control panel but am unable to remove it. It does not respond to the "Remove" command.

Thank you. jitterbug

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 17:35
I went to www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_fire.... and downloaded the latest version of Adobe Flashplayer. In the control panel it is listed as a plugin, as usual.

I am tired of playing around with Adobe Flash Player. Really tired.

Somehow I doubt that this will solve the problem because I've been there before.

jitterbug
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ddmarshall RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
Dedicated Contributor 11th Jul, 2010 18:19
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It would be helpful if you supply the Installation Path where Secunia has found this program.

If you are not in Advanced Mode, click Advanced Mode at the top right, open the End-of-Life tab and click the + next to Flash Player 4.x to reveal the installation path.

Have you tried the Adobe uninstaller: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html
It may not work for a version as old as this or if it is in an non-standard location.



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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
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Where is PSI finding the problem?
FINDING A VULNERABILITY FILE PATH
=================================

To locate the exact file that the Secunia PSI has detected, use or switch to the ADVANCED interface, then :

1 Click on the + sign of the programme to "expand' it.
2 Click on Technical Details in the Toolbox to see the installation path of the detected file. (Copy (CTRL+C) & paste (CTRL+V) the Installation Path of the file back to the Forum if U are unsure what to do next.

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 22:23
Hello:

The installation path is: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\swflash.ocx

I looked in system 32 but I will look again.

Thank you very much. jitterbug
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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
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That is the Shockwave Player.

UPDATING SHOCKWAVE
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1. Uninstall Shockwave for your OS from the clearly marked link here:
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates...

2. Reboot to clear out any left over ocx files.

3. Rescan using PSI. Are there any outstanding files that are insecure? These should be cleared out before proceeding to serial 4.In your case this means all the files U have listed in the Shockwave folder

Note 1: At this stage,if PSI finds any elements of Shockwave in the C:\i386 folder or on any drive other than C that is an OEM reinstallation partition (normally D drive) or a drive U use solely to backup your work U can safely create an ignore rule.

Note 2: The path on the C Drive to any remaining insecurity is important. Does it point to the Shockwave Player or another Adobe product that has a Flash element? If it points to Shockwave right click on the file(s) & delete them. If it points elsewhere reinstalling Shockwave will not necessarily clear the problem.

4. Reinstall Shockwave from here:
http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/

5. If you wish to test your new Shockwave Player the link is here:

http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/welcome/


If this post has solved your problem could you please select the ACCEPT option. This will lock the thread and stop you & I from receiving unnecessary update emails.

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 22:59
Hello Maurice:

I used your link to uninstall Shockwave. then I rebooted. I rescanned PSI. Everything seems to be secure except the browsers.

I reinstalled Shockwave using your link. I tested the new Shockwave Player, but I didnt' install the plugin. Should I do that?

Everything seems to be good Maurice but I do have two more questions. How do I get rid of Adobe Download Managed, and how to I upgrade Secunia? Where is the automatic upgrade for PSI?

Thank you very much.

jitterbug
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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:04
Thank you ddmarshall.

jitterbug
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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
Handling Contributor 11th Jul, 2010 23:07
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The download manager is in Control Panel>add/remove - it is called the Adobe download manager by a company called NOS.

U can update PSI from here:
http://secunia.com/PSISetupAUTP.exe

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:10
I know where the Adobe Download Manager is in the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs, but it will not let me uninstall it. It will not budge.

jitterbug
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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
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What message are U getting? - if it is there it should be straight forward.

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:23
It is there alright. It says: "To remove this program from your computer, click Remove", and there is a Remove button, but it doesn't work. when I click the button it highlights the program and flickers, but it does not go away. Nothing happens.

jitterbug
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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
Handling Contributor 11th Jul, 2010 23:33
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Makes a bit of sense. Perhaps not even on your system. It is another bit of Adobe that does not work correctly. This is what should happen hence the possibility it is not really on your system but still showing in add/remove.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/520/cpsid_52001.html

As my other post indicates totally useless like most Adobe freeware.

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:38
Okay Maurice. It will just have to sit there. Thank you very much for all of your help.

Sincerely, jitterbug
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Maurice Joyce RE: Macromedia Flash Player 4.x
Handling Contributor 11th Jul, 2010 23:40
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If all your problems are now resolved could U please lock (Accept) the thread. This will prevent us both from receiving update emails from "tag on" posts.

I note U have another one open here:

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/470...

Good idea to lock that as well

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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:44
The Windows firewall problem is unresolved. I will come back and 'lock' this thread. Thank you again.

jitterbug
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Member 11th Jul, 2010 23:45
Sorry, but I guess I do not know how to lock' a thread.

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