As you know, very soon, on December 31, 2020, support for Adobe Flash Player will be completely discontinued, after which it will no longer be supported by all modern browsers. Let me remind you that work on a complete rejection of Flash has been underway since 2017, when companies Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozillaas well as the company itself Adobe announced the official date of the final "death" of the technology.
Preparations for this event are in full swing. For example, back this summer, representatives of Adobe said that the company intends not only to stop providing updates for the Flash Player, but also to remove all download links from its website so that users cannot download and install an unsupported version of the software.
The company also said that all "Flash content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the support expiration date." That is, the company has added or is planning to add a kind of time bomb to the Flash Player code to prevent its future use.
Now with a similar initiative came forward Microsoft representatives. This week, KB4577586 was released to remove Adobe Flash from all versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server and to prevent it from being reinstalled on the device.
The update is only available through official catalog and cannot be removed after installation. Later, at the beginning of 2021, the company plans to distribute the update through WSUS and Windows Update. In the end, those who want to install Adobe Flash Player on a device with this update will have to perform a system reset to an earlier restore point or install a fresh copy of Windows 10.
Journalists of the edition Bleeping computer tried to figure out what exactly is removed after installing KB4577586. During tests, it turned out that the version of Flash Player (32-bit) included with Windows 10 and accessible through Control Panel is being removed. However, the Adobe Flash Player component built into Microsoft Edge and other browsers stays in place, just like any other standalone version of the program.