What is flash.exe?

The genuine flash.exe file is a software component of Adobe Flash Player by Adobe Systems.
Adobe Flash Player is a freeware software program used for viewing audio and video created on the Adobe Flash platform. Flash.exe runs a process that launches the Adobe Flash Player. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems.

The Adobe Flash Player was originally developed by FutureWave and released in 1996. The player currently has a very large user base with more than 90% penetration on internet connected personal computers. Adobe Flash Player comes in a plugin version for Internet browsers in order to support Internet Flash media in various formats such as XML, JSON, AMF, SWF, MP3, FLV, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers management, as well as file formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

Flash stands for Adobe Flash

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the flash.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Flash.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with flash
Flash.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Flash 8 or ashPK5 appears to belong to software FgTCTF2R6bWn or Macromedia Flash by aSRkCm1xd or Macromedia (

Description: Flash.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Flash.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 883,712 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 762,368 bytes. 
The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If flash.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Flash.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

If flash.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 666,624 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Flash.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name flash.exe, for example Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec), and FakeAlert-FEI!DE02A3888534 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the flash.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Von Macromedia Flash
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Summary: Average user rating of flash.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks flash.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade flash.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving flash issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with flash. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the flash.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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