Solved: Hidden Flash Player Removal

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unertl

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I know this sounds impossible, but flash videos contimue playing in YouTube after I've scraped all my known locations for Adobe/Macromed(ia) flash player.

System is an AMD5400 2x64 W/ Zotac nVidia, very stable and reliable.

I run XP SP3 and Firefox v10esr inside of SandboxIE. I only install flash inside of the sandboxed "simulated" firefox session. I erase my sandbox daily (on this system). I have no Flash or Adobe or Macromedia folders in PROGRAM FILES. I have another similar system running and it does not have this problem. When I delete my Sandbox it erases flash successfully on the other PC.

Adobe, Flash, Macromedia are not listed in Add or Remove programs. I repeat, I do not allow ANY Adobe/Macromed applications on my "real" winXP system. I've Never allowed a permanent install on any of my PCs

I've removed all folders named ADOBE and MACROMED or MACROMEDIA from all the various application files folders in Documents and Settings (owner, all users, local service, etc.), and removed all references and folders to Adobe/Macromed from Windows/system32/.

I've removed Adobe/ Macromed folders from the permanent Sandbox file in C:local disk(root).

After deleting and exiting the Sandbox, I run CCleaner, MRU blaster, Oldtimer TFC (temp cleaner), reboot the system and videos will still play in YouTube when I allow javascript to run.

Where has Adobe hidden flash player on my system? Obviously the Sandbox FF session is copying an existing flash player from somewhere on my system when it creates a new session. Flash is not listed in my extensions or add-ons either. My WinExp file viewer is also set to show hidden files.

When I do a WEB search on "hidden flash player" or variations on that theme, nothing useful comes up. I use several search engines. This is very unusual because as we all know with hundreds of millions of Windows XP systems still in daily use, a unique one-of-a-kind anomaly like this is almost impossible. This must be something simple that I've somehow blanked out on.

Yes I want to flush and reload Flash every day for two reasons. 1. always the latest version. 2. I always know the explicit source of the Flash download/install ( no "auto installs" from unverified sites allowed).
 

dvk01

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You probably haven't got flash, but are using the html5 version of Youtube. it is quite likely that your version of FF defaults to HTML5 version of YT when flash isn't found on the system

if you right click a you tube video, does it definitely show flash player ( if so, which version ) or does it show something different
 

unertl

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I think my mistake was playing the same sample video. Somehow YouTube caches the last clip played, perhaps in RAM. Even if the FF Flash player is dissolved, the last video player will repeat. Possible, si, no? If I play a different clip it asks for plug-in.
 
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