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why does adobe flash show as shockwave player in addons

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  • Last reply by cor-el

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I don't have (nor want) shockwave flash, but it shows that I do in the addons. In addons it shows shockwave flash

How can I be sure it is only flash player and not shockwave flash?

I triple checked that where I update at is the proper place for flash player, and I have the correct version, but I don't believe it ever showed as shockwave flash in addons.

I read that there is a critical update for shockwave flash, which wouldn't concern me, except I noticed the addon shows as schockwave flash.

Is this a bug in how firefox shows flash?

Thanks for your help!

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Shockwave Flash and Adobe Flash are the same plugin and you have installed this plugin (Shockwave Flash 12.0 r0 ) as shown in the System Details List.

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Hi Corel,

I understand your answer, and see that you are seeing shockwave player as installed, but it's flash player or supposed to be.

When I go right now to flash player update page on adobe, it will show me my current version, no update available.

But this is where I'm confused. I read that there was a critical update for shockwave flash, and then noticed it is how it is listed in my plugins.

Please note this entry at adobe for shockwave flash and flash player:

APSB14-06 Security update available for Adobe Shockwave Player 2/11/2014

APSB14-04 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player 2/4/2014 2/4/2014

I updated my adobe flash player on 2/4/14 when it was released.

If I had shockwave player, it would not show as the version I currently have. I have flash player, version which adobe's web site shows as up to date.

So, I am confused why it shows as shockwave in my plugins, but in actuality is flash player?


Modified by mabel215zdap

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That is not about the Flash player, but about the Shockwave for Director player

For Flash see:

APSB14-06 Security update available for Adobe Shockwave Player 	2/11/2014 	2/11/2014
APSB14-04 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player 	2/4/2014 	2/4/2014

Latest Flash player versions here:

Modified by cor-el

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Hi Corel,

I'm so sorry, but I'm not sure you understand what I'm asking.

I'm saying that I have flash player. I have the latest version

My plugin says i have shockwave flash

I've never downloaded shockwave for director player, nor do I want it.

I do not have shockwave for director player. That is why I'm asking, why does my plugin say I have shockwave flash, instead of flash player?

Is it just the name of adobe flash player that shows as shockwave flash in plugins in firefox?

It's probably I just don't understand what you are saying.

Thank you!

Modified by mabel215zdap

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Shockwave Flash is the name as is coded in the Flash plugin.
If the name has Flash in it then the Adobe Flash player is meant.
If there is only Shockwave or Shockwave for Director present and not Flash then the Shockwave for Director plugin is meant and not the Flash plugin.

You do have the latest version of the Flash player installed, so there is no need to worry.

Flash has a long history and was originally developed by Macromedia as you can still see by the name of the Flash installation folder (C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\).