Several sites use Flash Player to play videos on their web pages. Many websites also support video ads from many advertising sources. These ads also use Flash to play videos. Some websites will start playing videos in little boxes even without your knowing it or without your permission. All such videos are played using Flash. For that matter, even YouTube also uses Flash to play videos on its website or on other websites where YouTube videos are shared. Though now HTML 5 has native support for videos, most websites still use Flash Player plugin to play videos in your browser. Sometimes, such unsolicited videos may become quite irritating. Moreover, such videos consume your precious bandwidth and thus the loading of several websites is slowed down. If you use Google Chrome, you can easily disable Flash to save your bandwidth and prevent unwanted videos from playing in web pages on their own.
How to disable Flash in Google Chrome browser:
Proceed as under:
(1) Start Google Chrome. Click on the Wrench icon in the right-top corner of Google Chrome. Then, click on Options menu item from the menu that appears.
(2) Now click on Under the Hood option from the left sidebar on the next page. Thereafter, on the new page that appears, click on Content Settings button under Privacy section.
(3) In the Content Settings, go to the Plug-ins section, and click Disable individual plug-ins link (see picture below):
(4) On the next page that appears on screen, all installed plugins are displayed. Locate the Flash plugin, and click Disable link under it. See following picture:
That’s it! Flash is now displayed in your Google Chrome browser. This means that all videos that use flash to play within a web page would not be able to play.
For example, when I tried to play a YouTube video in Chrome, it refused to play and a message was displayed informing that “You need to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player to watch this video”. In fact, what has happened is that I’ve disabled Flash in Chrome due to which YouTube cannot play videos on in my Chrome browser now. See picture below:
At a later stage, if you so wish, you can enable Flash using the above procedure.