I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium and run the latest Firefox browser.
My question is, when I go into the Windows Task Manager, there are two copies of Adobe Flash Player 11.3 r300 running. Under the image name, they both say: FlashPlayerPlugin_11_3_300_270.exe *32 . Why is this happening?
Under Memory, one is running at 3,408 K and the other at 4,140 K. (of course, these numbers vary, but they're always different than the other)
I don't understand why two versions of the same thing are running. Any ideas? Thanks!
This is expected. You should see two Flash Player processes running in the task manager. This is how Protected Mode in Firefox works. One process is the broker, which is really small and is basically used to pass messages back and forth to the low-integrity Flash Player process. The low-integrity process doesn't have permission to do much, but does all of the heavy lifting in terms of processing the content you see on the web. If malicious content is able to crash and take control of the Flash Player process, it can't really do anything with it, because it's running with low permissions.
You can read more about what Protected Mode is, and how it works here: Inside Flash Player Protected Mode for Firefox
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