Microsoft has already confirmed next update for
Windows 10 will automatically remove Flash Player. Since
Flash Player is nearing its final curtain, Adobe has now issued
a new pop-up alert reminding users to remove the software for
In September 2020, Microsoft confirmed that it’s working on a
new automatic Windows Update which will remove the Flash Player
from Control Panel and other areas. The tech giant also
published an optional update labelled as “Update for the
removal of Adobe Flash Player”.
As you may be aware, Microsoft and Adobe are planning to pull
support for Flash in early 2021. Ahead of the deadline, Adobe
has now started showing pop-up notifications on Windows PCs
where Flash Player is still being used.
“Thank you for using Adobe Flash Player. To help secure your
system, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash
Layer beginning January 12, 2021. Adobe strongly recommends
immediately removing Flash Player from your system by clicking
the uninstall button,” the pop-up message reads.
As you can see in the above screenshot, Adobe stated security
as a reason for the decision, with confirmation that Flash
content will automatically stop working in January even if you
don’t remove the player manually.
Note that this pop-up is not being pushed to all devices and is
currently rolling out gradually. It is likely that it will see
a wider rollout via Windows Update in the next three weeks. In
addition to the Adobe’s own alert, Flash Player will be deleted
from your system by the Windows Update.
It is worth noting that this change won’t affect your browsers
where Flash will still remain a built-in component until the
next big browser update.
Mozilla has confirmed
that Flash Player will not be included when Firefox 85 is
released in January. Microsoft and Google are planning to
disable Flash Player in their Chromium-based web browsers, but
no official word has been given as to when this will happen.