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Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability Disable Shockwave Flash Object Plug-in

Introduction

Internet Explorer currently has a serious security vulnerability. Stop using Internet Explorer until a security patch is available.

For Computers with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, if you must use Internet Explorer to access trusted websites, disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in to improve the web browser security as much as possible. Disabling the plug-in will provide a little more security but the best practice is not to use Internet Explorer until the vulnerability has been resolved.

The ACIT Administrative Information Systems group has tested using Colleague UI and Business Objects with the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in disabled and found the applications work as expected.

Instructions

Instructions: 

Disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in for Internet Explorer for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1
There is no security fix for Windows XP, do not use Internet Explorer with Windows XP.

  1. In the Internet Explorer menu, click Tools.
  2. Click Manage Add-ons.
  3. From the Show: drop-down list found on the left side center of the screen, select All add-ons.
  4. Under the heading Adobe Systems Incorporated, double click Shockwave Flash Object.
  5. Click Remove All Sites button.
  6. Click Close button.
  7. Exit Manage Add-ons and Tools windows.

 

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