When I download the newest Flash player, it ways that it is 9+ mb and when it actually downloads it is only 979 kb and doesn't play .swf files yet plays online games.
Further, it is not showing as an option when I browse to open the .swf manually.
You cannot play local SWF files with the browser add-on; you need the projector standalone player. Download it from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
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That is where I go to download the latest and it says 9.37mb and when it downloads it is only 979kb.
The only thing on that download page that is 9.37MB is the Windows Flash Player 11.3 ActiveX control content debugger (for IE).
What you want is the Windows Flash Player 11.3 Projector, which is 8.14MB.