Monday, September 26, 2011

3 Ways to Fix Firefox Browser "Flash" Crash

Flash is an integral part of the Internet, with millions of websites using it to play video and show various animated elements on their pages. Unfortunately, many people find that this software actually crashes their FireFox browser, making it nearly impossible to use. Fixing this problem will allow you to watch YouTube videos again, play online games and generally view online Flash websites.

1) Reinstall Firefox - The first thing you should do to resolve this error is to reinstall Firefox. It's often the case that Firefox will develop errors / damaged files which prevent it from being able to run as smoothly or effectively as you want. This is a big problem for many people, and can be resolved (mostly) by a simple reinstall. To do this, download the latest version of Firefox to your hard drive. After that, uninstall the FireFox browser you have on your PC and then restart (this will erase all traces of the browser). When the restart completes, install the latest version of Firefox with the setup file you downloaded - putting a few new copy of this program onto your PC. This should resolve most cases of "Flash Crashes", but there's something else you might want to do if it does not...

2) Reinstall Flash Player - "Flash Player" is the software component that actually plays the videos / games / animations on your PC, and is freely downloadable from the Adobe website (the company who produce it). Because this software is often corrupted / damaged, many computers end up not being able to use it properly. To ensure this is not a problem, click on Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs. Inside the applet that shows up, remove the "Adobe Flash" installation. After the uninstallation is complete, just Click onto YouTube and try and watch a movie. It will likely tell you to install Flash Player again, and just follow the on-screen instructions to do it!

3) Clean Out The Registry - After you've done the two steps above, it's vital that you clean out the registry of your PC. The registry is a large database which stores vital settings & information for your system & all your software; and is where FireFox & Flash store a huge number of settings. Unfortunately, the registry is actually one of the biggest causes of errors & crashes on Windows computers, because of the way it's continually being over-used by your system. Each time you want to use a software tool, Windows opens 100's of registry settings to help it run as smoothly as possible. The only problem is that so many registry settings are often opened at once that many computers save them in the wrong way, causing all sorts of damage. To fix this, you need to use a 'registry cleaner' which is a software tool that specifically fixes registry errors on the typical Windows PC. This should make sure that the "Flash Crash" does not happen again, and is resolved forever.


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