Important: There are two Flash players offered for Windows users: the Flash Active X control for Internet Explorer/AOL and the Flash plugin for Firefox/Mozilla/Opera browsers.

Each must be installed separately, since the Flash plugin installer does not add the Active X control and vice versa.

Even though the Flash plugin is also referred to as "Shockwave Flash", it should not be confused with the Shockwave plugin that handles "Shockwave for Director" content.

Note: On Windows, the Flash plugin is detected via plugin scanning.

To see if the Flash plugin is working and what version is being used, visit one of these pages: If Flash is not installed, this may trigger the Plug-in Finder Service, which you can use to download and install the Flash plugin on Windows (see below).

At time of writing, the Plug-in Finder Service is triggered but fails to install the Flash plugin on Linux or Mac OS in Firefox 3 and above (you will need to manually download and install the plugin).

Mozilla applications are regularly updated for security and stability; however, Mozilla does not provide updates for plug-ins.

Plug-ins can cause crashes and hangs and may contain security vulnerabilities.Flash 10.1 r102 is the last supported version for PPC Mac.[6] Archived Flash versions can be downloaded here.[8] [9] [10] You can install or update Flash by downloading the plugin installer from Adobe's Flash Player download page or from the Adobe Flash Player Distribution page.Once the download completes, exit Firefox and run the installer.See this blogspot article for details, including a screenshot.