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how do I remove plugin-container.exe safely and be sure it doesn't return?


plugin-container.exe keeps running in my Windows task manager slowing or sometimes freezing my computer. How do I eliminate this problem? I am running Firefox 4.0.1., which I will have to stay with for now as the update will not accept my Logitech product.

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:
  • Version
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.0.1
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Provides additional functionality on Facebook. See our web site for details.
  • Google Update
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

More Information

I haven't done anything yet to ensure I get instructions as to how to remove it correctly. According to the troubleshooting information...my question has not been asked yet. So, I have nothing to copy and paste here.

Question owner

Thank you for the detailed information. I'm confused, however, as to which is the best way to go: leave the plugin-container.exe to keep me from crashing even though it slows ... sometimes freezes ... my computer (especially since I use Adobe Flash; or, disable/remove it and continue with Firefox crashes as I did before the plugin-container.exe was added to Firefox. Such a mind-boggling problem for one who is close to being computer illiterate.

Matt Brubeck 147 solutions 1390 answers

If Flash is causing plugin-container to slow down or crash your computer, you could try blocking Flash content on most web pages with the Flashblock add-on for Firefox.

You should also check whether your Flash plugin is up to date.