How to remove Flash Player traces via Microsoft’s Catalog

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The Microsoft Update Catalog has been refreshed to include a tool that will remove all traces of Adobe Flash Player from your operating system.

The giant tech company has been preparing to kill Flash Player for some time now and it now facilitates all the details to make sure that no traces of this program are left behind.

More specifically, the catalog now includes KB4577586, also named Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player (followed by the OS version and specs).

The official removal date is December 31st, but using the mentioned tool, you should perform this action beforehand.

How do I delete all Flash Player traces?

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  1. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog.
  2. Search for KB4577586 in the search box.
  3. Scroll down to the Windows version that you’re using.
  4. Click on the Download button next to it.
  5. Execute the downloaded file.
  6. Restart your PC when asked.

Note: If your Windows version is not listed, check back later or wait until 2021, when Microsoft will push the same patch via Windows Update.

How is removing Flash Player going to affect my OS?

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It’s important to know that this action won’t affect Flash-related plugins that come with various browsers, such as Chrome or Firefox. In their turn, browsers will stop supporting this ad-on pretty soon.

Once you’ve made this action and removed Flash Player from your device, you won’t be able to restore it. In case you want to use Flash Player again, you will need to reinstall or reset Windows 10. Or you may need to restore the device to an earlier restore point.

As expected, by applying this update, you might get errors when trying to access older Flash-based media content. Newer and safer content is HTML5-based. Eventually, all websites and apps will have to move forward toward a Flash-free content.

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