Let me be very honest. As a cold, heartless corporate entity, I don’t like Adobe. And I don’t like Adobe’s Flash.
Unfortunately, as a modern Mac owner, I use both. Begrudgingly. Reluctantly. Flash crashes my browsers, heats up my Mac’s CPU, makes the fan run annoyingly, and scorches my lap. Is there anything that can be done to fix Flash? Maybe.
The Flash Problem
Flash, as a means of displaying video through the no-longer-so-ubiquitous player, and as the culprit behind all those animated ads on web pages, would be less hated, maybe even liked—if it just worked better.
As it is, Flash is the cause of more Safari crashes than my three-year-old causes peanut butter and jelly to hide on DVDs.
Flash might be cool and all, but it’s also a primary cause for the fans getting a work out in Mac notebooks. That’s not cool.
My solution to all the grief caused by Flash is to dump it from Safari. No Flash. If I need Flash, I use Google’s Chrome browser, which has Flash built in, and, strangely, seems to function better than the Flash plugin for Safari, Firefox, and friends. What’s up with that?
The Time To Freeze Flash Frozen
Mac users, rejoice. Use ClickToFlash to hide all those annoying Flash ads and videos until you want to see them. Or, use FlashFrozen, which lets you view Flash, but alerts you when your Mac’s CPU (and the heat) reaches a certain critical point, and gives you the option and satisfaction of zapping, stopping, freezing the Flash plugin.
FlashFrozen works in Safari and Firefox on 64-bit Macs running Snow Leopard. It monitors what Flash is doing, then warns you when Flash goes bad. Then, you can kill it.
Even better, you can get Flash working again by simply reloading the web page or open a new page. Flash shows up again (ready to overheat something, stir the anger in your, and get you ready to zap it again) ready to use.
Why bother worrying about Flash? Sure, it crashes. But not all the time, right? Yes, it makes the fan go all hyper like a cat chased by a three-year-old with scissors. Yes, it can leave a scorched earth policy on your lap.
Flash can also drain your Mac’s battery faster than anything except all those YouTube videos of Kat Von D.
So, any app that helps your Mac last longer, run cooler, and not crash whenever an ad tries to tell you that you’ve won something, can’t be all bad.
Countries could probably import less oil from the Middle East if everyone would simply stop using Flash on their Macs and PCs.
Of course, there are Easy Steps To Get Rid Of Flash For Good On A Mac. And, then there’s the answer to the question, Do Mac Users Need Flash? Whether you go cold turkey and dump Flash, or use ClickToFlash or FlashFrozen, it’s nice to know we have choices.
Hey, I’ve got an idea. How about if Adobe just makes Flash work better, use less CPU horsepower, and not crash so much? That would be cool.
Now, add this to my For What It’s Worth Department™ file. Any time we add apps that purport to fix something that’s already breaking something else, then we add another layer of potential problems. So, caveat emptor, you know? Your mileage may vary. These Flash fixes may work well for you. Or not. I like my idea best. No Flash in Safari. Use Google’s Chrome when I need Flash. But, YMMV, right?