Is Shockwave Player safe?

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Is Adobe Shockwave Player safe? I seem to remember you said in one of your articles to beware of it; that it could infect you with bad stuff. I was browsing around for free games and came across one that would not run unless I downloaded it.

Shockwave gets confused with Flash; they’re related in a way but they’re really two different things.

In theory, like most software, Shockwave is safe as long as you keep it up to date. Shockwave itself is not going to bring any infections with it; it’s the games and the tools, and potentially the malware that’s out there that could cause issues; just like they could cause issues with any software that you install on your machine.

I say “in theory”, because Shockwave’s heyday has passed. Shockwave was indeed used for a lot of games back in the day. It’s not as popular these days, having been supplanted by other technologies, like Flash. My guess is that the games that you’ve run into are some old games. I suppose it’s possible that there are some newer ones as well that still use Shockwave.

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How do I get Flash to work on my TV?

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Hi Leo. I just purchased a smart TV and while I can play videos from YouTube through the app, when I try to stream live sports, it won’t let me. I’ve looked at the web and it seems like Adobe has pulled their support of Flash Player for the Android TVs and Google Play. Is there a way I can use my TV to stream live sports (as this is why I got it)? I’m sure the TV is smarter than me so sorry if this is a petty request.

It’s not a petty request , but I think that you’re kind of stuck. The whole Android/Flash thing is a tough one to solve. Let me explain.

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Why won’t Flash work, even though it’s installed?

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How to I turn on Flash Player? When I go to the download site for Adobe the banner says that I have flash installed. Then I go to a website that I know has flash and it says “This site requires that you have flash player.” I have already tried re-formatting to no help.

Wow. Reformatting sure seems like overkill for a problem like this. Reformatting’s a pretty major step, and not something I’d recommend without investigating things deeply.

I’m not sure what might be the problem in your specific case, but I can tell you this: there’s at least one excruciatingly simple reason that Flash might not show up on many web sites, even though you’ve installed it.

In a word: JavaScript.

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