Flash 11.3 crashes

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Adobe has recently updated Flash to version 11.3. Some users have reported that this version of Flash is crashing more frequently than previous versions of Flash. If you are experiencing excess crashes, please downgrade to Flash 10.3.

Note: This article only applies to Windows and Mac.
Note: This article is specifically for crashes with Flash 11.3. If you are experiencing issues with Flash 11.3 such as video appearing black, white or grey and never playing, please see Flash 11.3 doesn't load video in Firefox.

Step 1: Uninstall Flash 11.3

To uninstall Flash 11.3 on Windows, you will need to use the uninstaller provided by Adobe.

Note: You may want to write down these steps or print them out as you will have to close Firefox during this process.
  1. Download the uninstaller program from Adobe - uninstall_flash_player.exe (671 KB)
  2. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select ExitAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and then select ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Quit FirefoxAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select Quit.

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

  3. Run the uninstall Flash program that you download and follow the prompts.
  4. When you are finished, start Firefox again and continue with the next section.

See the Adobe help article Uninstalling Flash Player on Windows for more details.

Step 2: Install Flash 10.3

The following instructions will show you how to download and install Flash 10.3.

Note: You may want to write down these steps or print them out as you will have to close Firefox during this process.
  1. Download Flash 10.3 from the Adobe site - install_flash_player_10_plugin.exe
  2. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select ExitAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and then select ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Quit FirefoxAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select Quit.

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

  3. Open your downloads folder and double-click the file named install_flash_player_10_plugin.exe to start the installation.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installer. When the installation is complete you can open Firefox again.
Important: It will be important to install the update that fixes this issues as using the latest version of Flash is critical to keeping your computer safe.

Step 1: Uninstall Flash 11.3

To uninstall Flash 11.3 on Mac OSX, you will need to use the uninstaller provided by Adobe.

Note: You may want to write down these steps or print them out as you will have to close Firefox during this process.
  1. Download the uninstaller program from Adobe:
  2. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select ExitAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and then select ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Quit FirefoxAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select Quit.

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

  3. Double-click the .dmg file that you downloaded to open a folder with the uninstall Flash program.
  4. Double-click the uninstall Flash program and follow the prompts.
  5. When you are finished, start Firefox again and continue with the next section.

See the Adobe help article Uninstalling Flash Player on Mac OS for more details.

Step 2: Install Flash 10.3

The following instructions will show you how to download and install Flash 10.3.

Note: You may want to write down these steps or print them out as you will have to close Firefox during this process.
  1. Download Flash 10.3 from the Adobe site - install_flash_player_10_osx.dmg
  2. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select ExitAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and then select ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Quit FirefoxAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select Quit.

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

  3. Open your downloads folder and double-click the file named install_flash_player_10_osx.dmg to open a folder with the Flash 10.3 install program.
  4. Double-click the Flash 10.3 installer to start the installation.
  5. Follow the instructions in the installer. When the installation is complete you can open Firefox again.
Important: It will be important to install the update that fixes this issues as using the latest version of Flash is critical to keeping your computer safe.