Flash BLOCKED In Firefox? Here's Why And How To Fix




Have you tried to log into Firefox recently to play Farmville only to find the confounding message that flash has been blocked? Wondering what to do? Your Dirt Farmer team has a fix for you and the answers as to what has happened. Check out the details below and please do share with friends if you find our post helpful.



UPDATE 14TH JULY,2015. AN ADDITIONAL ZERO DAY VULNERABILITY WAS PATCHED TODAY, WITH FIREFOX AGAIN BLOCKING ALL PRIOR VERSIONS.  YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW THE BELOW DIRECTIONS TO UPGRADE TO VERSION 180.0.0.209 TO ACCESS FLASH IN FIREFOX WHICH IS THE CURRENT AND SAFE VERSION.

Why would Firefox block flash? How are you supposed to play your games or watch videos on major news sources? The info is a little misleading. Firefox has not actually blocked flash itself, just all OLDER versions of it, due to security vulnerabilities. This happened on June 30th and an update to Flash is the simple fix.

If you use Firefox and find flash, or anything else not working or blocked at any time you can get information directly from Mozilla by clicking here for a list of what plugin versions are currently blocked by Firefox. This link will bring you to a page that looks like this.


As you can see from the highlighted line, prior versions of flash up to a very recent one have indeed been blocked by Firefox. Clicking on the line referring to the plugin that you are interested in, in this case flash, will give you more information.



So the above page tells you why it was blocked, and where to go to proceed for a fix - to the plug-in check page.

You can also access the plug in check page from within the browser itself, to simply verify your plugins are current, without determining why one is blocked.

Click on the 3 lines in upper right corner of browser, then add ons.




On the ensuing page, click on plugins on the left this will show you what plugins you have installed and also provide a link in the upper left center to check the status of your plugins.



Once you access the Firefox plugin manager from either source, you can review the status of your plugins, as well as your browser to check it for available updates.





 As you can see, Adobe Flash is listed as vulnerable with an action button to "update now" 


If you click on it it will take you to the Adobe site to update.

Important - ALWAYS read everything carefully when downloading or updating software. Notice in the middle top center that Adobe is trying to bundle a McAfee security scan with the update. This is an unnecessary program if you have good antivirus and uses memory, which could cause your farm to slow down.  Make sure to uncheck that box unless you are very sure what it is and that you want it.


After you have unchecked the optional offer, if you are going to , click on install now. 

You will be asked for future update preferences, choose what you feel is best. There are pros and cons. Automatic updates may automatically install optional offers that you don't want. Notifications may be delayed resulting in seeing issues like the one that brought us here. 




and then the update will download. 




When it is complete, the finish button will appear.


On clicking finish, you may be prompted to save the file




You will then be able to find the update in your downloads folder. It will look similar to this and you can make sure that it is the correct one, especially if there is more than one in the folder by hovering over the icon and making sure the "date created" shows today's date.



Once you click on it, follow the prompts to install.



When you are done, the Adobe page will reopen, this time in your default browser - do not be alarmed if it opens a different one than you are updating.

When this happens, you will be up to date and Flash should work for you just fine in Firefox. If you wish to verify that it is up to date or check on other plugins, simply use the plugin manager links referenced above again.



That's all for now, stay tuned to the Dirt Farmer for all the latest Farmville news and information.





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