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BankerBOE2 Flash .ocx file
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Secunia detects my Flash .ocx file version 169 as insecure. Despite downloading latest version 188, Secunia still states program is insecure. (Note - the NPAPI program update to version 188 worked perfectly).
Here is Secunia's report:
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Program Name:
Adobe Flash Player 17.x (ActiveX)

Security State:
Insecure

Download Link:
http://dl.secunia.com/SPS/AdobeFlashPlayer_17.0.0....

Instances Found:
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\Flash32_17_0_0_ 169.ocx, version: 17.0.0.169 (ActiveX)

Last System Scan (localtime):
11. May 2015, 20:21

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 7

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My computer runs Windows 7 Prof 64-bit. The offending file is shown in Secunia as present at C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\Flash32_17_0_0_ 169.ocx . I cannot remove or uninstall this 169 version, EVEN THOUGH the 188 version appears also in the above folder. Adobe's site advice for removal (temporary) is to unregister it via Regsvr32 (at Regsvr32 C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Authorwa\awswax.ocx /u), but this returns an error that a log file cannot be found or is corrupted.

Would appreciate some expert advice on this matter.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Flash .ocx file
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Interesting that you are reporting an error yet your security score is showing as 100%. That said,
THE IMPORTANT BIT WITH FLASH - Before deleting the vulnerable file check these programmes are completely shut down (use the Task Manager if necessary (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) to COMPLETELY EXIT these processes if running)):

a. All Browsers.
b. Windows Messenger.
c. Incredimail.
d. All Adobe Products.
e. PSI - Unless using version 2 or version 3
f. Microsoft Skype & Plus! For Skype
g. Microsoft Money

Now do this:

1. Open PSI>Scan results.

2. Against the programme marked as vulnerable is a + sign to the left of it.

3. Click that & it will reveal DETECTED INSTANCES.

4. Below that are two yellow folders. Click the one WITHOUT a red dot.

5. That will open Windows Explorer & you will be able to see the vulnerable file.
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\Flash32_17_0_0_ 169.ocx

6. Right click on that file & select delete.

7. Carry out a full PSI scan & all should be in order.

If the problem is not resolved use the Adobe uninstaller from here https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-... - just follow all the instructions offered before reinstalling Flash.

Hope this helps.


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BankerBOE2 RE: Flash .ocx file
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Last edited on 14th May, 2015 18:19
Thankyou Maurice for your reply.
The security score shown by my post may say 100% but in fact on the Secunia program it is shown as 99%!
I follow your items a-g as matter of course.
Note that my 'Detected instances' (only 1) do not show any yellow folder or red dot but I am able to go to that particlar instance in the SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\ folder, where a right click/select/delete produces a dialogue box "You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file. The file will not delete of course - I have never encountered a problem with permissions before!
The update 188 HAS been installed - it is just that the older 169.ocx file was left over after installation of the update 188.
I suspect that all this may have something to do with Internet Explorer, which although installed its executable will not activate. I don't use IE so haven't worried about that, and previous Flash updates have all installed without problem. IE's launch icon disappeared from my task bar months ago?!

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Maurice Joyce RE: Flash .ocx file
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Did you try the uninstall option using the link to Adobe I gave you?

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BankerBOE2 RE: Flash .ocx file
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Hi Maurice,
Thanks for your last reply. I did run the uninstall Flash program, but Secunia stated the Flash ActiveX was still insecure. I checked the SysWOW64 and System32 folders but these did NOT now show the 169 version previously referred to. I ran a full Secunia scan - no change. However a second full scan by Secunia was successful and now back to a 100% score.
Thanks for all your help - I shall follow that procedure again in the future if necessary.
Now to find out why Internet Explorer will not load from its executable ... be a long night again!
Best regards, John.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Flash .ocx file
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John,
Have you solved the IE problem?

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BankerBOE2 RE: Flash .ocx file
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Yes, thank you Maurice. I thought my last post indicated that - with my Secunia score back p to 100%. Thank you for your support.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Flash .ocx file
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John,
I was asking about your IE issue where the exe does not appear to load. Nice to see that is now working too.

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BankerBOE2 RE: Flash .ocx file
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Ah, my problem with IE. It was complicated and had to get Microsoft Support to sort it out. Apparently, it was due to corrupt registry entries and some left over files from previous edition of IE. It was a long night but all sorted now thanks.
John.

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