How to Disable Flash in Chrome

By default, Flash is enabled in Google Chrome. You can disable the plugin silently. You can also adapt the provided solution to enable Flash if you find yourself needing it enabled. You will need to have PowerShell 2 or higher installed on your target machines.

Skip the Hard Part

Small-_PackageLibraryAdmin Arsenal provides a ready-to-deploy package that you can silently deploy that will disable Flash in Chrome. Select the package from the Package Library: Google Chrome – Disable Flash. It’s important to note that this package does not install Google Chrome, it will only disable Flash on existing Chrome browsers. (And yes, there is a package for silently installing Google Chrome as well. See full list of available packages.)

You can test this out free. During your trial you’ll have access to any three packages of your choosing in the library to test deploy. (Make sure you have PDQ Deploy downloaded first.)

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After disabling Flash, Chrome will need to be restarted in order for this change to take place.

Nuts and Bolts of Disabling (and Enabling) Flash in Chrome

You can open up and look inside any Package Library package (and make changes) by double-clicking on it.

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You’ll notice that a PowerShell script is in the install field as well as these parameters in the parameters field:

-Plugin “Adobe Flash Player*” -Disable

A couple important things to note before you make changes to the package:

  • Make note of the splat (*), you’ll want to make sure to include that to make sure you disable any and all versions of Adobe Flash.
  • This is all case sensitive. Pay careful attention to capitalization.
  • If you are enabling a previously disabled Flash, change the parameter to Enable instead of Disable. This is the only change you will need to make.

Test if your deployment was successful by going to this page on Adobe’s site. If Flash is enabled you’ll see the animation as well as version information on the enabled Flash plugin.