Thank you for your feedback.
When you say "Adobe sent me a message saying my flash player needed upgrading" What exactly do you mean? Adobe doesn't "send messages" about Flash Player updates, however, if you have Flash Player installed and the update option selected, a notification dialog window will display advertising an update is available. If you want to download the update, you will be directed to an download page on Adobe's site that will include optional third party software. The option to decline the third party software is on the page (unless you went to some non-Adobe site, which is possible since there are a number of malicious Flash Player installers floating around).
I agree with your description. But I think I remember that the default
setting for the security option download is yes. I just without thinking
ok'd it. But when it downloaded and said it could not start up because
of my Norton program, I realized what happened and immediately removed
So now I am more vigilant about having unwanted additions to a requested
download also downloaded.
Hi raymondr97944905 ,
Yes, the default update option is 'Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)', which configures the system for background (silent) updates that do not require any user interaction. The system will fail-over to notification updates (display notification that an update is available) if background updates fails to update the system after a certain number of attempts. If you're system is configured for background updates and you were notified an update is available it's possible something is failing with the background updates.
To confirm if your system is configured for background updates, do the following:
- Launch Control Panel and go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items > Flash Player
- When the Flash Player Settings Manager displays, go to the Updates tab
- view update option selected
If the system is configured for Background Updates, the FlashInstall.log file may provide some insight into what's going on.
I echo this complaint.
In the act of installing the recent security update for flash player the unwanted bundled Intel True Key app was installed. As far as I could observe (and a vanilla install window with one check box on it is not complicated), there was no obvious option to refuse the bundled app. I even attempted to quit the physical download and still wound up having to uninstall the app.
Security updates are an unethical place to bundle unrequested apps. If flash were not such an established platform I'd stop using it.