Keeping Adobe's Flash Player up to date is an essential online security tasks. Users need to make sure that the Flash plugin is up to date to protect their computer system from exploits targeting Flash Player vulnerabilities.
Flash Player informs the user about updates automatically, and one could say that this should be enough to update the browser plugin regularly. The default interval for update checks however is set to seven days which means that users may be notified about a Flash Player update up to seven days after it has been released.
In addition, users can opt out of update notifications which essentially means that they will not receive information about Flash Player updates anymore.
Both settings can be configured in the Global Notifications Panel of Flash Player's online configuration settings. The only browser that updates Flash automatically whenever it is released is the Google Chrome browser, but only if the native Flash plugin is used.
Alternative Flash Player Auto-Updater is a third party tool that detects the installed Flash version on the system, checks for Flash Player version updates online and offers to install updates if available automatically.
The program displays the installed Flash Player versions for Microsoft Internet Explorer, and the web browsers Firefox, Safari and Opera, as well as the latest known version on startup. It will automatically inform the user if a new Flash Player version is available. It will do that by default even if Flash Player is not installed on the system. If the user accepts the new version is downloaded and installed on the system.
The software needs to be run with administrative privileges for that. The program settings offer options to ignore Flash Player for Internet Explorer or the other browsers, which is helpful if a user does not want to install Flash Player in one of the browsers. It is furthermore possible to enable a silent install of Flash Player updates, keep the latest installers on the local system and add the program to Windows startup.
Alternative Flash Player Auto-Updater is a comfortable program to quickly check for Flash Player updates. It needs to be started regularly however which some users may not like.
Alternative Flash Player Auto-Updater Download, Compatibility
The latest version of the software is available at the developer website over at Wecode.biz. It is compatible with most 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
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