Thanks, Mike, but this did not work. I reset Firefox as instructed, but I sill get the unresponsive plugin when I navigate to any page that has an automatic start video.
Any other suggestions?
Give Flash Player and Shockwave a full clean install.
There are two Flash Players for Windows (three if you count Chrome's PepperFlash plug-in)
ActiveX is for IE - IE needs it because it uses 1993 ActiveX controls for security, which is not really secure at all, and complicates everything you do with IE.
The standard plug-in is for Firefox, Opera, Safari and several other lesser known browsers like Maxthon and Seamonkey.
If you use IE and another browser, you need both, and they both need to be up to date. As I mentioned Chrome has its own which updates through the browser.
To make sure you're up to date for both, download the following:
Also, download these:
You'll need to install Shockwave with the FULL installer for IE too, but there isn't a direct download for it. You'll need to go to: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/otherversions/ using IE AFTER everything else is done.
Save all the files and close your browser.
Run the uninstallers first (both of them)
Go to: C/Windows/System32
Delete the Macromed folder.
Open your Registry Editor (Start>Run or press the Windows key + R and type 'regedit' [minus the quotes] and click OK)
In the Registry Editor, go to:
Delete the Macromedia folder (Right click and choose "Delete").
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software and delete the Macromedia folder there too.
Close the Registry Editor and empty your recycle bin.
Run the Flash Player installers, and then the Shockwave FULL installer you downloaded.
Lastly, open IE and go to: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/otherversions/ to download and install the Shockwave FULL installer for ActiveX (IE).
For Firefox, I recommend FlashBlock (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/) It'll prevent ANY Flash content from loading until you allow it manually. It can get to be a pain, but you eventually get used to it.
Are You Kidding me right now!
This is beyond Stupid and frustrating! so even after you do all of what you have stated you still have to install a flash block and get used to manually playin or stopping flash!
why isnt there a patch or update for this, i have litteray been dealing with this problem for 3 months to where i almost just use my tablet instead of my computer!
I'M S I C K O F T H I S S H I T!!!!!
Get a Mac!
Not a helpful suggestion. I can't afford to scrape my system and buy an expensive Mac.
These instructions were a bit overwhelming, so I decided to try something simpler. I uninstalled my Xfinity toolbar and that seems to have worked - at least I was able to view the video that had been causing the latest crash.