When I tried to watch a video at a web site I got the blocked due to older version of Flash Player. I went through the download process over and over because when I tried to install the new one on my MackBook Pro I got an error message telling me " Adobe Flash Player cannot be installed. A newer version of the software is currently installed on your system. The installed version is 22.214.171.1245, the new version is 126.96.36.1996. This is as far as it will go but it doesn't resolve the problem. My Mac uses Safari as a web browser. Also why does Flash Player need updates so often? Thanks Jerry
Flash Player 188.8.131.525 is the latest version. It was released this morning (and yesterday via Background updates). If you have opted into background updates, it's very likely Flash Player was updated in the background without your knowledge.
As for the frequency in Flash Player updates, this forum post will help explain: Is there any attempt at ADOBE to mitigate the 'FLASH Update', twice a week, on every browser, on every platform?.