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In light of the news that having Flash on your system could drastically affect battery life for notebooks, here’s a video showing you how to remove it from OS X if it’s already installed. It takes a little more digging than you might think.

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In light of the news that having Flash on your system could drastically affect battery life for notebooks, here’s a video showing you how to remove it from OS X if it’s already installed. It takes a little more digging than you might think.

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  1. Google search and download the uninstaller. PS, this still doesn’t get rid of Flash in Chrome. In fact, you can’t… you just have to use FlashBlock I guess.

    1. about:plugins disable flash

  2. There’s a certain irony in the fact that I can’t see the video, since I don’t have flash installed.

    But there’s an easy download from Adobe for uninstalling flash.

    1. Darrell Etherington Bram Friday, November 5, 2010

      Easy to use, maybe, but not so easy to find. There’s a clear “Uninstalling Flash on Windows” troubleshooting article, but for Macs they’ve clearly tried to obscure things.

      1. Not really. Once to go to Adobe.com and start to enter “Uninstall” in the search box, an option menu of “Uninstall Flash” immediately appears.

        The link does lead to the Windows pays, but there is a link to the .dmg file. Not hard at all.

  3. David Crellen Friday, November 5, 2010

    I can’t believe you’d present this video in Flash!!!

    1. Hopefully this’ll be the last one you watch. :)

  4. Mark Hernandez Friday, November 5, 2010

    John Gruber on daringfireball.net posted the full instructions yesterday, and for Safari users, there are some clever advantages…

    With these instructions, not only can you uninstall Flash Player and abandon ClickToFlash, but the instructions also tell you how to set up a keyboard shortcut to instantly open Chrome to watch a Flash video if you must (Flash comes installed in Chrome by default), and when you’re done watching, Command-Q puts you right back to where you were in Safari, and Flash has no possibility of affecting battery life or browser/system performance.

    Furthermore, keep in mind that with ClickToFlash running, you’re still reporting to sites that you have Flash available. The more people who disable Flash completely, the more websites will move toward alternatives.

    If Chrome is your main browser, your life is complicated.

    For example, I visited this page in Safari, and to watch the video, I simply press F6 and boom, the page opens in Chrome and I click play to watch. Command-Q stops Flash completely and I am here as though nothing happened.

    1. What if instead of “signaling” to websites I don’t uses flash, I want to be able to use both worlds at will ? I’ll use clicktoflash, thank you. More user-centric thoughts and less jumping through hoops for virtually no other reason than some remote underneath cleanliness and developer bullshit, thank you.

      You really think using a second browser to check flash websites is a good usability tip ? Dorks.

    2. Much better to just install one of the many Flash-to-HTML5 conversion extensions. That way you don’t have to have a second browser.

  5. How about some instructions on how to uninstall Handbrake or the DVD Player, or anything else that might actually use power on the system?

    If you insist on Safari, there’s not much anyone can do for you. I just hope you’re not counting on HTML5 to work a miracle of efficiency that Flash doesn’t.

    With anything else, there are click-to-flash extensions, or you can just get straight to the point and install AdBlock, which should kill all the Flash you really don’t need draining your system.

  6. I have Firefox with the “noscript” extension. This will block flash except when I explicitly allow a site to run scripts. Advertisements are normally on special advertising servers that I will not allow.

  7. so how are firefox users meant to do this without installing greasemonkey?

  8. I don’t understand why people make videos for things like this instead of just writing what to do. It would save so much time and bandwidth.

    I came to this page because flash crashes my browser and I need to uninstall it. Can’t watch the video to find out how.

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