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I have a server that I'm scanning with Nessus.  The scanner is detecting high vulnerabilities with Flash and Reader.  I tried uninstalling Flash/Reader and even updating to the latest version, but Nessus is still detecting the vulnerability.  How can I completely remove Flash/Reader?
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by:Kram80
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Note, when browsing to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ after I uninstalled Flash it prompts me to install Flash.  So the application must be removed, but Nessus still detects it in the scan.
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If any applications are using Flash Player when you run the uninstaller, uninstall can complete without deleting all the necessary files. If you accidentally left any applications open, close all applications and run the uninstaller again. Applications that use Flash Player include the following:

    * Web browsers such as Internet Explorer
    * Instant messaging clients such as AOL Instant Messenger
    * Stand-alone SWF applications (SWF files)
    * Projectors (*.exe files that play rich media content).

@ http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

Below would be a useful reference for removing Adobe Reader

@ http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/400/kb400769.html
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by:Kram80
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breadtan, thanks for your response.  I tried the last link before posting, but it didn't resolve the issue in the vulnerability scan.  There are no applications running that would be using Flash Player, in fact if I browse to a site that uses Flash I am prompted to install the player.  We have been able to work around it at this point.
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btan earned 250 total points
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assuming if player remanent is still around, Nessus should not be detecting unless there is some service still running or registry not cleaned up properly. Hope it is not a Nessus false positive (can try in a new machine with install player and do a quick scan without rebooting machine - thinking aloud). Alternatively, saw this link as well

uninstall helper @ http://www.articlealley.com/article_1756403_11.html
@ http://www.appdeploy.com/messageboards/tm.asp?m=20894
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