How to MANUALLY remove Adobe flash?

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  1. Fishrrman, Oct 26, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014

    Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    PROBLEM RESOLVED, see post #3

    Hello all....

    I need to "manually remove" Adobe flash from a 2010 MacBook Pro running 10.6.8.

    I'm trying to update flash, and the updater "hangs in the dock" while trying to load. Only option is to force-quit.

    I tried to UN-install flash using the Adobe UNinstaller, but that (too) hangs while trying to load (same as the installer).

    Can't update flash.
    Can't uninstall flash (at least using the "official" uninstaller).
    (Aside: I tried to create an entirely new administrative user account, and update that way -- exact same problems)

    What I'd like to do:
    I'd like to -manually remove- all the components of flash, and then attempt a "clean install".

    Where can I -find- all the components of flash to remove, and how are they named?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  3. Fishrrman thread starter macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Nope, the official Adobe "UNinstaller" doesn't (or, didn't) work.

    Like the installer, the UNinstaller would "hang" the same way when trying to launch. Could NOT be used.

    I solved it by a "brute force" solution.

    That is, I connected a backup drive with a CarbonCopyCloner backup.
    Then, I re-cloned the backup BACK TO the internal drive (I UNchecked the option to copy the Home folder, and re-cloned OS files only).

    After doing this, the flash updater utility worked as intended, and things are now back to normal...

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