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What does the NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe file do?

The NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe process is also known as Adobe Flash Player Helper (Version 9.0 r124, 10.0 r32, 10.0 r12, 9.0 r28, 10.0 r42, 10.0 r45) and is a part of Flash Player Helper or, as the case may be, Adobe Flash Player Plugin. This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe Adobe Flash Player Helper

NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 257,440 bytes (44% of all these files), 218,496 bytes, 235,936 bytes or, as the case may be, 256,280 bytes.
The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel This NPSWF32_FlashUtil program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: RunOnce, DEFAULT\Runonce). For this reason, 0% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe file has a 21% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 218,496 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 190,072 bytes. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about NPSWF32_FlashUtil?

The original file (0% dangerous) is located at C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash
Renato Oliveira
I did but install the update, but it keeps starting on my machine. Both RunOnce folers are empty.
James Calfee
NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is part of Flash Player Helper developed by Adobe Systems, Inc..

Summary: One user judges NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Flash Player Helper or Adobe Flash Player Plugin

NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe Adobe Flash Player Helper fix

To remove Adobe Flash Player Helper from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Flash Player Helper or Adobe Flash Player Plugin in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe (Adobe Flash Player Helper) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Adobe Flash Player Helper. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Adobe Flash Player Helper or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or NPSWF32_FlashUtil.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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