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How to disable Adobe Flash on Windows, Mac

Using Adobe Flash can put your security and privacy at risk. Here's how to disable the plugin on Windows and Mac, and all major browsers.
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How to disable Flash in Internet Explorer 11

Step 1: In the top right-hand corner, click the gear icon. Then click Manage add-ons.

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How to disable Flash in Internet Explorer 11

Step 2: In the left panel, select Toolbars and Extensions. Then, right-click Shockwave Flash if it's installed, and select Disable. And you're done.

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How to disable Flash in Google Chrome

Step 1: Type in the address bar chrome://plugins then hit Enter.

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How to disable Flash in Google Chrome

Step 2: Scroll down until you see Adobe Flash Player. Hit Disable. The plugin will appear greyed out once it has been turned off.

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How to disable Flash in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Click the three vertical line button in the top right-hand corner, then select Add-ons.

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How to disable Flash in Mozilla Firefox

Step 2: Scroll down to find Shockwave Flash, if installed. From the menu options, select Never Activate.

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How to disable Flash in Apple Safari

Step 1: From Safari, go to the top menu bar and select Safari, then Preferences. From the Security tab, select Plug-in Settings.

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How to disable Flash in Apple Safari

Step 2: If installed, uncheck the box next to Adobe Flash Player. In the right panel, it will say the plugin is Off.

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How to disable Flash in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

Step 1: Tap the three-dot settings button at the top right-hand corner of the Edge browser. Click Settings.

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How to disable Flash in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

Step 2: Scroll down and select View advanced settings.

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How to disable Flash in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

Step 3: Where it says Use Adobe Flash Player, make sure this says Off by toggling the button.

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