Chrome has its own proprietary Flash Player plugin ("PepperFlash") which you can neither install nor update via Adobe. It functions independently of the ActiveX plugin for IE and the standard plugin for Firefox.
Also, Flash Player is a "plugin" and not an application so you won;t see it in your Start menu or in Program Files folder. You will see it in Firefox by clicking Tools>Add-ons or pressing Ctrl+Shift+A and clicking the Plug-ins tab on the left.
There you can see if the plugin is activated, and allowed.
Ah, thank you. I didn't know that about Chrome.
However, my problem is with IE (not Firefox) .
IE, in Manage Add-ons, shows that Shockwave Flash Object is enabled--not sure if that is FlashPlayer.
If so, then it really is a puzzle. Why can't I view some online vides -- which say that Flash Player must be installed -- because it is installed, and enabled.
That will show you how to disable ActiveX filtering, which screws up a lot of Flash content accessibility in IE. ActiveX controls are the Number 1 (top dog) reason I don't use IE at all for anything other than testing new webpages for compatibility. They're a "throwback" to 1993 (Windows 3.1) that, for some inconceivable reason, Microsoft REFUSES to let go of. NO other browser uses them anymore, and they haven't since Mozilla broke away from Netscape in 2001, and started using the Gecko Runtime Environment as an engine.