Adobe Flash Player is necessary for an increasing number of online activities, everything from watching videos to loading certain webpages. When Flash begins to slow down, it can cause mounting frustration that shouldn’t get in the way of your Internet use. There are ways to determine what causes slowing or crashing in the Flash Player with Windows 8 so you don’t have to deal with this issue for long.
One thing to check is your Internet connection. A slow connection can cause Adobe Flash Player, along with many websites, to struggle loading. If you find that when watching an online video that the quality is low and is taking a while to load up, this may be a sign that your connection is simply slow rather than a problem with Flash itself. Try troubleshooting your Internet connection this way:
If the Internet is fine and you’ve tested your connection, the problem could be that you’re running too many programs at once. The more memory is taken up by other programs, the harder it is for Adobe Flash Player to run fluidly. By shutting down other background programs or Internet tabs, Flash doesn’t have to work as hard to stream video.
Multiple instances of Flash can also make it more difficult to watch videos online. It helps to keep Flash limited to one tab in a browser or one window. If you close windows or tabs running Flash, sometimes Flash plug-ins can still be running in the background. Try removing unwanted or unnecessary add-ons and plug-ins from your browser:
If you’ve exhausted these attempts at speeding up Adobe Flash Player, using solid antivirus and spyware removal should eliminate anything you can’t see running in the background that shouldn’t be there. A PC infected with viruses or spyware can cause Flash Player to have a hard time when invisible processes are running constantly.
One other solution to a slow Adobe Flash Player would be to check for updates released. When you install Adobe Flash Player for the first time, the option to receive notifications of automatic updates is available, but otherwise these updates are available directly on Adobe’s website. If updating isn’t necessary, re-installing the current version of Adobe Flash Player entirely may be in order. Re-installing the browser could also be a solution.
Like many online applications, there’s always the occasional problem that can occur with Adobe Flash Player. Troubleshooting and checking for commonly occurring problems can speed up Flash without issue.
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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