Forum Thread: EOL program installed by PSI "fix"

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Keyrlis EOL program installed by PSI "fix"
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Please do not refer me to any of the other threads relating to this Shockwave problem, they are all incorrect, and some are a little presumptuous.

I have received the End of Life warning about my Adobe SW player, and gives me this as the installation path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Shockwave 10\SwInit.exe
I have both automatically and manually removed this program, and, in fact, this entire path, but a new scan shows it as being there, but will not "open containing folder", as the folder is not there.
After checking registry entries and rebooting, I received no warning, but sure enough, as soon as either "fix" was run (install of "sw_li_full_installer.msi" from the PSI program, or manually navigating to Adobe website and downloading), my insecurity popped up. A check of the folder shows that both on a full install or a repair, Adobe includes SW10 with the SW 11.X install. If the programmers choose to include this code for backwards capability, it is, by definition, still supported.

Also, submitting "do you ever use the program? Why not remove it?" is fallacious. Either the user is tech savvy such as I am (it's my job) and knows what Shockwave is needed for, or they are as computer timid as my mother, and thinks Shockwave is a form of electrocution prevention. To assume someone knows if they do not use it and hasn't already removed it seems denigrating and contrary to actually helping them, especially in light of the fact that PSI causes reoccurance with its own solution. Removing the program can be the solution to ANY software problem. If you remove Windows, you will have NO problems whatsoever, but you may find functionality is reduced.
In view of the facts, the proper action is to ignore the problem PSI is causing by double clicking on the SW10 program to bring up the program dialog, right-clicking on the given path to the Swinit.exe file, and choosing to ignore.

ddmarshall RE: EOL program installed by PSI "fix"
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That's not what I experience if I download Shockwave from the Adobe website. I only get Shockwave 11 and it is detected in
C:\Windows\System32\Adobe\Shockwave 11\SwInit.exe

This is on a computer which never had Shockwave 10 installed.

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Anthony Wells RE: EOL program installed by PSI "fix"
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Hi ,

You are correct in that there are rather sweeping comments re Shockwave and they may not help your dear old mum !!

However , the backward capability between 10 nd 11 is somewhat of a moot point and technically 10 is not fully supported ; hence the PSI has moved from showing it as "Insecure" to being "EOL" . As it does not fit the criteria of a "zombie" that is as good as you are likely to get .

A delete or use of the shockwave unistaller and reinstall (as below) should get you to 11 without 10 .

The fact that many websites , especially games , still use 10 is why it crops up so often (on the forum) and this factor has in the past been been pointed out (by me at least) but has slipped away more recently .

The nub is that if you delete it and a game needs it you will get it (re)offered . Whether you consider it to be 100% scecure is up to you , in which case an ignore rule is an option , but should not be the norm , after all , it may be a left over and best deleted . An ignore rule is for the picky with an excellent memory .

I am not sure from your post just why you cannot delete 10 or whether you can and an app/site is recalling it or whether the full installer (you mention) is currently still including 10 ; my download from Adobe does not bring it :-


which is how I normally update .

EDIT: unlike ddm , I have had 10 loaded in the past and tested it with a game which I only used for research .

Do you need help in finding the recacitrant folder/file ??



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