Have you ever been browsing a site when all of a sudden, sites stopped loading, ad spaces or games would turn into a big black screen with a sad puzzle piece inside, and pretty much everything you tried to do from that point on totally did not work? At the top of the page, you might see a yellow warning bar that says “Shockwave Flash has crashed.”
Are you tired of getting those errors? Here’s how to stop those annoying shockwave flash crashes in Google Chrome.
What Causes Shockwave Flash Errors?
You may wonder why these errors keep popping up. These errors are typically caused by two versions of a flash player installed on your computer. You didn’t even know you had two versions, did you? Well, most people who have used FireFox, IE, or another web browser installed on their computers also have the Adobe Flash Player installed. The problem comes up because Chrome also comes with a built-in flash player, called Pepperflash. Having both the Adobe Flash Player and the Chrome PepperFlash player enabled can cause a conflict which results in the “The following plugin has crashed: Chockwave Flash” error.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop shockwave flash crashes in Google Chrome. We can stop these errors by disabling one of the Flash Players plugins in Chrome.
First, open up a new Google Chrome window. Then, in the address bar, type “chrome://plugins/”.
This will bring up a list of all the plug-ins that Chrome uses. Look for one the section that says “Flash.” Mine was at the very top of the page.
Notice how it says Flash (2 files). That shows that we have both the Adobe and PepperFlash installed. If it says Flash (1 file), then only PepperFlash is installed, but that could still cause crashes. We’re going to disable it altogether.
At the top right of the plug-ins window, click in the + Details link. This will expand the plug-ins list so you can see all of the plug-ins that are installed.
When I view the details, I can see both Flash plug-ins listed.
Look for the one that has “PepperFlash” in the Location destination and click the Disable link just underneath it.
Once it’s disabled, that plug-in will be grayed out. Make sure that the other Shockwave Flash plugin is not grayed out and that it is still enabled. If it is disabled, you can click on the Enable link to re-enable it.
Finally, open a new Chrome window and visit the Adobe Flash test page to make sure that Flash is still installed and working properly.
If only the PepperFlash version is listed in your plug-ins list, you’ll still want to follow the above steps to disable it, but you’ll also want to ensure that the Adobe Flash Player is installed. You can download the latest Flash Player directly from Adobe.
That’s it! Once you disable the PepperFlash player, then you should stop seeing the Shockwave Flash errors.