What is Flash and how to disable it in browsers Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Yandex Browser

Quick transition to disable Flash in browsers

Flash technology (Adobe Flash, formerly Macromedia Flash) was developed to create interactive websites, applications and multimedia presentations.

It's interesting that Apple did not implement this technology in iOS, because it considers it to be vulnerable, requiring large processor resources. Flash can be installed on macOS. The language of HTML 5 has a built-in set of functions for working with video and music and can in the future completely replace the technology of Flash.

Log of Adobe Flash

The disadvantages of Adobe Flash technology

  1. Adobe Flash technology requires increased resources when working. Because of this, the processor heats up more and the computer needs more cooling. Reduces the battery life of the laptop.
  2. Many critical vulnerabilities have been found in this technology. Updates came late and Adobe Flash was considered a non-secure application.
  3. Your IP address can be detected through this technology when using multimedia requests (playing music on web sites, watching videos).

If you use anonymous VPN no logs then Flash technology can only determine the IP address of the VPN server.

How to disable Adobe Flash

You can disable Adobe Flash directly in browsers or uninstall from the operating system. It is possible to disable Flash in the next browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome Chrome, Opera, Safari, Yandex Browser, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

You can check if Flash is enabled in your browser on the page of Checking Flash and IP address.

Adobe Flash disabled

If you have the value Disabled, then either you have previously disabled Flash, or it is not installed in the operating system.

If Enabled, read on how to disable further.

Quick navigation on this page:

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox



Yandex Browser

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Edge

Tor Browser

Google Chrome

To disable Adobe Flash in Google Chrome, enter the following text in the address bar and press Enter.


Settings Google Chrome

Scroll down and find Flash.

Settings Adobe Flash in Google Chrome

Disable Adobe Flash in Google Chrome as shown in the screenshot.

Disable Adobe Flash in Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

To disable Adobe Flash in Mozilla Firefox browser go to Browser settings - Add-ons.

Add-ons in Mozilla Firefox

In the Plugins section, select Never Activate Shockwave Flash.

If Shockwave Flash is not listed, then it is not installed.

Disabling Adobe Flash in Mozilla Firefox


To disable Adobe Flash in Safari, go to Preferences.

Preferences Safari

Disable Adobe Flash Player in Safari on the Websites tab.

Disable Flash in Safari


To disable Adobe Flash in the Opera browser, type the following text in the address bar and press Enter.


Settings Opera

Disable Adobe Flash in Opera browser.

Disabling Flash in Opera

Yandex Browser

To disable Adobe Flash in Yandex Browser go to Settings.

Settings Yandex Browser

In the search field write flash and click the Content Settings button.

Content Settings in Yandex Browser

Disable Adobe Flash in Yandex Browser.

Disabling Flash in Yandex Browser

Internet Explorer

To disable Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer, go to the Manage add-ons section.

Add-ons Internet Explorer

Select All Add-ons and disable Shockwave Flash Object in Internet Explorer.

Disabling Flash in Internet Explorer

Microsoft Edge

To disable Adobe Flash in the Microsoft Edge browser, go to Settings.

Settings Microsoft Edge

Scroll down and click the View advanced settings button.

Advanced settings in Microsoft Edge

Disable Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Edge browser.

Disabling Flash в Microsoft Edge

Tor Browser

By default Adobe Flash is disabled in Tor Browser.

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