Flash Player Installer absolutely sucks! It is without doubt the worst program I have to interact with on a regular basis.
First, you have to download the installer. 17 Mb!!! Talk about bloatware! I guess cable modem users might not complain, but is that really close to 100% of all people now?
Then, once the installer is downloaded, which usually takes about 5 minutes, installing the program takes only a few seconds. Does something seem disproportionate here?
Then, the thing I hate the most, is that you try to trick me into enabling silent automatic updates. Why can't you leave my settings as they are? But no, I have to remember to opt OUT. Every time.
The next thing I hate even more, but which is part of Flash Player itself and not the installer, is that, if I forget to change the check box, and only see it after I have hit the Done button and the dialog window is closing, I can't just go to Control Panel (I have a Windows system) and fix it.
I have to go to Goolge and look up how to do it. Then I have to go to the web page Google found, then to another web page linked to from that instruction page, wait for yet another download, and then right-click it, choose Properties and then disable the blinkety-blank silent automatic updates.
All this takes at least 10 minutes of completely unnecessary time.
Today, after you had tricked me into enabling silent automatic updates and I got to that web page, it told me that the animation required a new tool and I needed a new version of Flash Player. Even though I had just finished updating it not five minutes before!!!
This took me to yet another web page, where I had to install Flash Player from scratch! This took at least another 10 minutes!
When I was finally all done, I went back to the web page where I can disable automatic updates, and when the "animation" loaded, all I saw was something that looked like an ad. No movement whatsoever. This is an animation?
I right-clicked on it anyway, just to see what would happen, and I did get the menu that allowed me to select Properties, so I was able to disable silent automatic updates.
All this wasted about half an hour of my valuable time. For nothing!!!
Yes, I wasted more time writing this, but I am so angry I really wanted to express it. This entire experience today was so infuriating that I seriously considered just uninstalling Flash Player altogether.
I am a professional software designer, and I'm telling you, if I ever designed a piece of software as bad as Flash Player Installer, I would be fired. And I think your designers ought to be fired too.
ALL RIGHT, THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!
As I was proofreading this post, my firewall pops up that Adobe Flash Player Updater wants to access the Internet. So all this rigmarole I had to go through didn't even work!!!
I just told the firewall to permanantly block any access from Flash Player Updater to the internet. I won't ever get any updates, but I am past the point of caring.
Once again, I think the entire installer team ought to be fired.
17mb is "bloatware"?
Your PC must suck.
I have installed every Flash Player version since 6.0, and I never experienced any problems with the download, install, or auto-update.
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