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How to Fix Shockwave Flash Crashes in Google Chrome

Updated on May 30, 2013

The Shockwave Flash Crash that we experience while browsing sites with flash content(such as Youtube) is quite common. But recently it has increased quite a bit, up to the point that browsing has become really annoying, and using sites like Youtube is a real pain in the butt.

This is very annoying, since the crash is browser wide and we have to refresh every single page that had flash content in order for the Shockwave Flash Player to reload. You lose all your progress, if any, and also all the buffered content while watching videos.

Unlike other browsers, Google Chrome is particularly more susceptible to these kind of crashes. Read further to find out more and how to fix it in Google Chrome.

Chrome Shockwave Flash Crash
Chrome Shockwave Flash Crash

What Causes It?

Google Chrome unlike other browsers has an internal Flash Plugin of its own. By default, it does not use the Flash Plugin that you install in your Operating System(Windows/Mac).

For some reason, Chrome sometimes gets confused which plugin to choose, the OS one(Windows/Mac) or the one which it has internally, so instead it chooses both. This causes lag in the browser, or in the worst case, causes the whole plugin to crash.

So how do we fix this issue? The answer is simple, disable the plugin that is provided in Chrome internally.

Steps to Fix the Sockwave Flash Crash

Following are the steps to fix the Shockwave Flash Crash in Google Chrome.

1. Open Chrome's Plugins page

Open Chrome and type "about:plugins" in the address bar and hit enter. This will open the plugins page of the browser.


2. Click Details

Click "Details" on the top right corner of the page in order to see the whole content.

Click "Details"
Click "Details"

3. Locate the Shockwave Flash Plugin

Locate the Shockwave Flash Plugin on the page, which is usually the first one. It should indicate "2 files" next to the name, if not this tutorial is not for you, probably you have some other problem with your Flash Plugin.

Locate Shockwave Flash Plugin
Locate Shockwave Flash Plugin

4. Disable the File installed in Chrome

If there are 2 files, carefully check the value of the Location field of both the files and find the file that has been installed internally in Chrome. Once you have found it, simply click on the Disable link provided below the location value to disable it.

Disable Plugin
Disable Plugin

5. Restart Chrome

If you have done all the above steps restart Chrome for the changes to take effect. If everything is done right, Shockwave Flash will not crash like it used to before.

Video Demo

Some of you may still not understand the above steps or may have some problems doing it, or simply are too lazy to read it all.

You can watch this video demo I created earlier, which shows all the above steps.


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      amy 3 years ago

      For Any browser Tech Support Contact at: +1-844-833-8353

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      Kourtney Allen 3 years ago

      i have been going to facebook to play my games on my computer and every time i click on a game it tells me that i need flash player 11.0.0 and my adobe flash player is already updated im gettin really frusterated with this

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      susan 3 years ago

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      charlie 4 years ago

      ive tried the fix, and it works, but in order to see videos i have to enable the flash player again. otherwise, embedded videos come out as blank. is there a way i can keep shockwave from crashing, but also watch videos as well?

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      Jose Lopez 4 years ago

      I too got the solution to fix

      Thank you my good friend now my son can play his favorite game on the internet :)

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      dantesque 4 years ago

      Thank you for the solution! I, too, did not have two versions, so I just went to Adobe and got the latest version (of both Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave). Now having two, I got rid of the one you indicate and--presto! Thanks again, the relentless crashing was driving me crazy!

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      HH 4 years ago

      Fixed !! Can't believe I didn't do this before. Big negative to Chrome on this.

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      Crose236 4 years ago

      I only have one file but my chrome still crashes very often, what should i do?

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      Vikas 4 years ago

      I think the best thing would be to delete the app files which contain Chrome configurations. Corrupt app files are usually responsible for frequent crashes. Delete the app files from the following directory:

      C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

      More solutions here:

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      Kiki1975 4 years ago

      I have both plugins. I disabled Chromes internal flash player, and it still crashes. I can watch youtube vids, but if I go to a page with multiple video ads, my computer has a hernia, freaks out, then says flash has crashed. I updated to the latest chrome and flash to no avail. Is there any other reason my plugins hate me? (Flash, Constant Guard, and Identity Safe all have fun with me at the cost of my sanity)

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      khandakar showrav 4 years ago

      thanx but when i playing poker games he did not work...why?

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      faust1 4 years ago

      please message me, its important

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      Ryan 4 years ago

      google adobe flash player, they will say you have the latest flash. Nonetheless, download the link below it and install the flash again. After doing so, you will see (2 files) when you key in about:plugins

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      Radu Vlase 4 years ago

      After so many things that I tried to fix this issue, which note one of them worked, FINALLY, that Shockwave Flash is gone!!! Thank you very much for your was very easy to follow. Thanks again.

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      Annette 4 years ago

      I followed all directions and restarted Chrome. Now when i load my facebook game it tells me i need adobe flashplayer to load it....

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      Laura 4 years ago

      Macklin Crewe, I can't find anything about what your are saying, or trying to say, I get the 'Awe Snap' message almost none stop now.

      I can't do anything without it messing up, which isn't good for a computer you do your work on!

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      Mona 4 years ago

      i have samsung mobile but cannot connect to play candy crush one thing more that i have my computer but whenever i start to play the note came that could not load shockwave flash and because of that i got a sign of reload so how can i play on my computer, i have a flash player and adobe reader also but instead of that i am unable to play.

      soon reply me i am waiting



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      Macklin Crewe 4 years ago

      If the above doesn't work, try this. I got a fix that finally fixed my problem - Use this at your own risk. Go to Chrome://plugins and disable the pepper-flash file but not the wow64 Flash. Go to adobe flash site and download the windows adobe flash player for chrome (Win2k, XP. Vista 7) to desktop. Right click it and set compatibility to XP sp3 and install. My flash has been working ever since with no problems. With the pepper-flash disabled, even updates won't turn it back on and chome is forced to use the 32 bit version of Adobe Flash for Chrome. According to a friend at Google. Confusion is not the problem ... It's the pepper-flash! Google is working at replacing it.

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      Laura 4 years ago

      This wasn't helpful to me at all as I do not have the (2 files) part, yet this same advice seems to be the only advice on the internet, I am still getting crashes every few seconds and its driving me up the wall!

      Help anyone?!

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      SueMe 4 years ago

      Same problem- don't have 2 files and still crashing. And can't find any solution for this.

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      Em 5 years ago

      Mine isn't showing that there are two flash files conflicting. There is only one. I disabled it just to try, and it disabled flash. Still can't figure out what's wrong. Every website tells me the same thing. Having two conflicting ones is not my problem. So annoyed :/

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      Burner 5 years ago

      Worked like a charm... Thank you!!!

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      Regi 5 years ago

      Thanx, it worked like miracle

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      exzibit7 5 years ago

      I'm sorry ummME but then there's some other problem with your Flash Player/Chrome. This tutorial won't help you fix it.

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      ummME? 5 years ago

      and what if i don't have 2 files but it still crash??

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      Jacki Allen 5 years ago

      Did all of the above steps and it still crashes constantly. I removed and reinstalled all programs to get the latest of each but to no avail. If I want to avoid, it appears that I have to avoid Chrome.

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      Dewi 5 years ago

      Thank you for the tips.

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      JAY 5 years ago

      I have done these steps, hope it works thanks.

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      exzibit7 5 years ago

      Thanks Cerez! I'm glad you like it!

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      Ceres Schwarz 5 years ago

      This is a very helpful hub for all those that are having problems with their shockwave flash crashing in Google Chrome. All your images that go with the step-by-step instructions really help to explain things to the readers so they can easily follow along and fix the shockwave flash problem in their Google Chrome.


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