Adobe Flash Player support will be permanently discontinued today (December 31, 2020). BleepingComputer journalists noticed that Windows users can now see warnings in which Adobe recommends that they remove Flash Player.
The publication notes that to do this, Flash Player creates a scheduled task Adobe Flash Player PPAPI Notifier, which executes the following command:
C:Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed/Flash/FlashUtil32\_32\_0\_0\_465\_pepper.exe -update pepper plugin
When the command is executed, a message is displayed in which Adobe thanks people for using Adobe Flash Player, and then recommends that you remove the program due to the upcoming termination of support.
Earlier this month, Adobe released the latest update for Flash and began to advise users to remove the application more harshly. The company also said that starting from January 12, 2021, Adobe will block the launch of any Flash content.
It is expected that the death of Flash will have a minimal impact on the web ecosystem, because, according to a study by W3Techs, it is still used by only 2.3% of sites, that is, this figure has seriously decreased in recent years (for example, in 2011, the market share of Flash was 28.5%).