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Old 04-20-14, 07:57 PM   #1
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WTF is it with the flash updater?

I know I've set it to update automatically, even though there's no way to make sure of this, but for some reason it keeps asking to download the update and install the update and oh noez it could take up to 30 or more days to update.

Why is it so hard for this stupid thing to just update? On it own?
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Old 04-20-14, 08:08 PM   #2
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Yeah?

What about Java?
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Old 04-20-14, 09:06 PM   #3
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What about Java?
I think companies should hire the hackers to write their update software. It seems to be so hard to update a program when you are giving the computer permission to do it, but a hacker can figure out how to break in and update things that you have taken steps to block them from.

The laptop that I am using right now has the perpetual Java update thing going on. Every time I start it, it tells me to click here to update. I've tried every variation of clicking here and there and it will not complete the update. I'm not too concerned about it so once I get it to stop bothering me I forget about it.

My other laptop is running Windows 7 and it can rarely perform a Windows update without locking up. It will give me the "installing 1 of _... do not turn off..." message, and an hour later it will be stuck on that same message. And it is hard to get a laptop to reboot itself and go on beyond this, short of just removing the battery.

I never have any problems with updates on my Windows 7 desktop computers, but the Adobe update can be pretty annoying.
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I never have any problems with updates on my Windows 7 desktop computers
I get a once a week update that shuts down my computer without asking! It's set for 3 am. Since I work so early, I'm up at 3am and sometimes on the computer, and... game over, work, email, etc. not saved! Is it so much to expect their updates to wait until startup or shut down, if the computer is active when the update is due to hit?
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I know I've set it to update automatically, even though there's no way to make sure of this, but for some reason it keeps asking to download the update and install the update and oh noez it could take up to 30 or more days to update.

Why is it so hard for this stupid thing to just update? On its own?
Yes, it's tough to get it to update on its own. I've had Microsoft updates do this, and it took editing the registry to get it to work correctly.

It's probably best to uninstall Adobe Flash completely, then download and reinstall from the Adobe website. Make sure you look at all of the dialog boxes and uncheck any "suggested add-ons" that show up.
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Yes, it's tough to get it to update on its own. I've had Microsoft updates do this, and it took editing the registry to get it to work correctly.

It's probably best to uninstall Adobe Flash completely, then download and reinstall from the Adobe website. Make sure you look at all of the dialog boxes and uncheck any "suggested add-ons" that show up.
nothing like having a good old Norton vs. McAfee war on your hands.
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nothing like having a good old Norton vs. McAfee war on your hands.

Ow. You hurted my eyes.

Yes, I have Norton installed, and Adobe tries to install a McAfee doohickey. I don't trust either of them, but then I do all my financial record-keeping the old-fashioned way: a quill pen and a parchment ledger.
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Actually, now you can't opt out of the McAfee thing before installing. There are no more check boxes. And you don't get to decide on how you update any longer. You just download the stupid thing and it does whatever the hell it wants. Is there an alternative to adobe? And is forcing you to install McAfee legal?
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programmers looking for job security. gosh forbid someone writes code that works for more than a year ...
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The last update for me gave me a choice to decline McAfee. I think I had to download the installer and run it first, then it gives you the options. Even so, it's stupid that they default to having it included.
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Is McAfee still crap? What is good nowadays?
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I get a once a week update that shuts down my computer without asking! It's set for 3 am. Since I work so early, I'm up at 3am and sometimes on the computer, and... game over, work, email, etc. not saved! Is it so much to expect their updates to wait until startup or shut down, if the computer is active when the update is due to hit?
I had the auto shutdown/restart with Vista at the most inopportune times as well, but one of the few redeeming qualities of Win8 is that it tells me 2 days before it will do so.
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